Wow. Writing that headline was probably my happiest moment of 2013.
What a weekend! The Cleveland Cavaliers are on their second winning streak of the season, and it currently stands at t three in wins in a row!
Friday night was Kyrie and the crew hosting Milwaukee Bucks. The day before, Irving was officially selected for the All-Star game, and he showed why. The Australian Assassin dropped 35 points. That was his follow up to a 40-point game against Boston last Tuesday. The kid is on fire right now.
Luke Walton lead the team in assists with seven (what??). He still wears those stupid socks though.
And if you thought Walton's performance was crazy…..hold onto your hats……the Cavaliers came back. Yes, you read that right. The Cleveland Cavaliers came back from a late 20 point deficit, and they actually won.
The Bucks shot lights out in the third quarter and pulled away. They went cold in the fourth due to stellar defense by . To complete the comeback, Wayne Ellington came off the bench and nailed a three to make 96-95 in favor of the home team (Not too bad for a guy Memphis basically just gave away for nothing). It was his first bucket for Cleveland since being acquired on Tuesday from Memphis.
The rest of the bench was fantastic, too. Marreese Speights had six boards and 10 points. Shaun Livingston went off for 12 points, shooting 6-8 from the field. Walton had five boards, five points, and the aforementioned seven assists.
"It's pretty simple. I told my guys to thank the second unit. They won the game for us," Coach Byron Scott said after the game.
He is partially right. Kyrie, Tristan Thompson, and Dion Waiters, all played phenomenal though. T-squared had 18 points and six rebounds. DW threw in 16 points and four assists (he even had a block).
I just realized Dion has the same initials has Darrell Waltrip. And that's pretty cool.
Saying Dee Dubblya is pretty satisfying. Try it out for yourself if you don't believe me (pretend your George W. when you do for full effect).
"The others" (which is how I will refer to Alonzo Gee and Tyler Zeller henceforth, until they give me a reason not to) played lackluster. Gee went 1-for-5 and had two points. At least he had eight rebounds, I will give him credit for that. Zeller had six rebounds and six points in 30 minutes of action.
The final score was 113-108.
Saturday we went up to "The City Where You Can Buy Socks for a Dollar" AKA Toronto.
It was a good game of ball. And for the second night in a row Cleveland came back late, and CLOSED A GAME. Gotta love it.
It was a pretty good battle. Cleveland was trailing the entire way, but it was always close.
Toronto got up by 11 points in the fourth quarter. Enter Ellington. The kid was a awesome off the bench, draining two three pointers in a 12-2 Cavaliers run that put them right back in it. He finished with 12 points, going 3-for-4 from deep.
Irving once again played at a different level than everyone on the floor. He had 32 points, five assists, and four rebounds. Remember how I said he was on fire?
With seconds remaining and the Cavs trailing by two, Kyrie decided to not go for the tie and pulled up from far beyond the arc nailing a three with 0.7 seconds left to play.
I was hoping I could start calling him The Sydney Sniper, but our research team found out he was born in Melbourne. How does Melbourne Monster sound?
Not good. I guess we'll stick with The Australian Assassin.
Besides Ellington and Irving, the only notable performances came from T-squared (14 points, and eight rebounds), and Speights (17 points and five boards of the bench).
Final score: 99-98.
Winning streak: three
It was a good weekend.
P.S. The more I think about it, the more I like Melbourne Monster.Tags: Alonzo Gee, Basketball, Byron Scott, Cleveland, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dion Waiters, Kyrie Irving, Luke Walton, Marreese Speights, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, Shaun Livingston, Tristan Thompson, Tyler Zeller, Wayne Ellington