Favorite Moment From 2013-14
Throughout the 2013-14 season, the Wine and Gold had some memorable moments that Cleveland fans will be talking about for years to come.
In light of these unforgettable instances, we ask YOU, the fans…
Which moment from the 2013-14 season was your favorite?
Dion Waiters' Buzzer Beater
On Wednesday, March 26th, Dion Waiters capped a dramatic late-game rally with a buzzer beater to drop Detroit, 97-96, on Wednesday night at The Palace.
The Cavaliers began the final period down 16 points and were down nine with 3:38 to play. But Cleveland’s stingy late-game defense took over from there, holding the Pistons scoreless the rest of the way. On the offensive end, Jarrett Jack scored eight straight points and – after a series of timeouts with 3.2 to play – Luol Deng found Waiters, who jab-stepped, rose and splashed home the 19-footer at the buzzer.
More on Dion's Big Shot: Recap | Photos | Watch Dion's Shot
C.J. Miles Sets Franchise Record
On the coldest night of the year (Jan. 7), Cavaliers starting shooting guard, C.J. Miles, was absolutely scalding – setting the Cavaliers franchise record with 10 three-pointers, just two shy of the NBA mark.
Miles finished with 34 points, going 10-for-14 from long-distance to go with five boards, two assists and a pair of steals.
The eight-year veteran was white-hot from the first time he touched the ball – canning his first six three-pointers and setting the franchise record for treys in a half. He tied the franchise mark for three-pointers in a game when he hit his eighth bomb with 2:16 to play in the second quarter, went on to score on a traditional three-point play early in the third, then proceeded to hit two more trifectas to wrap up his record-setting night.
More on C.J.'s Performance: Full Breakdown
Much of the talk surrounding the 63rd Annual All-Star Game in New Orleans this past February was how the traditional All-Stars were starting to give way to the new generation. On February 16th, Kyrie Irving fulfilled that prophecy, taking over the midseason classic in the fourth quarter and leading the East to a comeback win – taking MVP honors in the process.
The then 21-year-old Irving – known in Northeast Ohio as “Mr. Fourth Quarter” – earned his nickname in NOLA, notching 15 of his 31 points in the final period and helping the Eastern Conference overcome an 18-point deficit for the 163-155 win.
More on Irving's MVP: Recap | Photos | Irving Interview
Two nights earlier on All-Star Friday night, it was Dion Waiters who stole the show. It’s not exactly an annual tradition, but the Cavaliers always seem to put on a great show in the Rookie-Sophomore Game at All-Star Weekend. Waiters joined that perennial list on that particular Friday night in New Orleans – going toe-to-toe with New York’s Tim Hardaway in a scintillating second-half shootout.
Waiters, who came off the bench for Team Hill in this year’s BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, got off to a measured start – finishing the first half with eight points and a team-high four assists.
After intermission, the Eastern Conference’s top-scoring reserve simply caught fire – scoring 23 points in just over 13 minutes and finishing with 31 on the night. Waiters didn’t win MVP honors – that award went to Detroit’s Andre Drummond, who finished with 30 points and 25 boards. But his (and Drummond’s) squad did come away with the 142-136 win.
More on Waiters Game: Recap | Photos | Waiters Interview
Irving Records First-Career Triple-Double
After following six straight wins with three straight losses, the Cavaliers built on their huge road win over Oklahoma City by beating up the Jazz – 99-79 – on Friday night at The Q, holding Utah to 38 second-half points and riding Kyrie Irving’s first career-triple double to their second straight win.
Irving led both teams with 21 points, going 7-for-16 from the floor and 6-of-6 from the stripe, adding 12 assists and 10 boards in the win. Two other Cavalier starters – Tristan Thompson and Spencer Hawes – each notched double-doubles in the win and a third Cavalier – Tyler Zeller – finished one rebound short.
More on Irving's Career Night: Recap | Photos | Highlights
Zydrunas Ilgauskas' Jersey Retirement
On Saturday, March 8th the Cavaliers organization and the city of Cleveland celebrated one of its cherished adopted sons – honoring the great Zydrunas Ilgauskas by retiring his uniform jersey No. 11, raising it to the rafters of The Q in a powerful and touching halftime ceremony.
The ceremony tipped off with the man who drafted Big Z almost two decades ago – Wayne Embry – who told the story of how he selected the skinny Lithuanian kid back in 1996. Flanked by his family, Ilgauskas humbly accepted the accolades, thanking his former teammates, coaches and general managers. Saturday night even saw both of the owners Z played for in attendance – Gordon Gund and Dan Gilbert, who introduced Ilgauskas to the sold-out crowd.