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Game Quotes: Cavaliers vs. 76ers
January 7, 2014
(On the game tonight): “I thought our guys obviously played well tonight. It was good to see them get out and share the basketball the way they did, especially in that first half. At halftime, we talked to our guys. We had 27 made field goals and off of those 27 made field goals, we had 21 assists which is phenomenal. We talked to our guys about trying to increase our assists off of our made field goals and tonight was definitely a step in the right direction. Even against Indiana, we felt like we moved the ball well. We just didn’t convert on a lot of shots. It was great to see our guys move the ball the way that they did. We got a little sloppy with it in the second half, obviously, with having just eight assists and a hand full of turnovers. I think we had 13 turnovers in the second half but sometimes that’s to be expected.”
(On the team’s collective effort): “We had a whale of a game from a lot of different individuals. Delly (Matthew Dellavedova) with six assists, Dion (Waiters) with eight assists and Kyrie (Irving) with eight assists. Our two bigs continued to be impactful in the game on both ends, getting double-doubles. Tonight, Anderson had 14 (rebounds) and 18 (points) and Tristan (Thompson) had 10 (rebounds) and 12 (points) which is obviously really good. C.J. (Miles) shot the basketball very well. His performance shooting the ball was fun to watch but the neatest part about it was guys were finding him at the right time and he was stepping in and knocking them down. So, it was a great team effort, offensively and defensively. Philly has a high-scoring offense. They play at a high-possession rate and they had 93 points. Yes, they missed some shots but one of the things I thought we did a decent job of, especially in the first half, was trying to limit their fast break points. I think they had seven at halftime. You give our guys credit. They did a nice job in that area. They did a nice job of trying to box out and limiting them to eight offensive rebounds and to hold a team to 93 points on 39.5 percent shooting is a good night.”
(On Dion Waiters’ career-high eight assists): Dion is a guy who has a great feel for the game of basketball. I don’t know many guys who can stand in front of him when he decides to get into the paint. Tonight, I thought he got into the paint often and when he did, when he drew attention, he did a great job of not playing in the crowd. He got rid of the ball in a timely manner and he found his teammates for some easy looks. For him to average eight assists all the time is probably asking too much but for him to get eight assists every once in a while to me is not surprising at all because he has great vision, great explosiveness at getting into the paint and he has the uncanny act of drawing attention and finding his guys when he wants to.”
(On C.J. Miles and moving the ball): “We called his number quite a bit tonight. He looked really good whether we called his number or just played the game of basketball. The neat part about it is our guys were finding him on their own, especially in transition. The ball changed sides of the floor two or three times. For us, it was really beautiful basketball to watch. We’re very capable of doing that. We just have to keep preaching the pass, the pass, the pass to our guys and compete, and doing so, results in good things.”
(On what he enjoyed the most from tonight’s win): “We just played a complete game on both ends of the floor. We got our early lead and sustained it. In the second half, we got a little sloppy, but our defense was holding. We tried to hold them to under 40-percent (shooting) and I think we did a great job of that.”
(On the team’s ball movement): “From the beginning, just trusting one another, no matter if the shot clock got under eight. Usually we’re going to the pick-and-roll, but we just kept moving the ball and (Matthew Dellavedova) came in and played some big minutes. Of course, (C.J. Miles) played a heck of a game.”
(On what it’s like watch C.J. Miles shoot the ball so well): “The basket was just wide as ever. He was just open a lot. I was just trying to get him the ball and put him in spots to succeed.”
(On what a blowout victory means to the team): “It’s definitely a feel good game; a game we needed. We came out competing really hard against Indiana and we fell short against an Eastern Conference Finals team. We live with that, but we just wanted to come in here for ourselves and just compete for 48 minutes and I think we did that.”
(On returning from injury): “Yeah I (felt) great; nine shots, all in rhythm and they felt good. I was just trying to be aggressive, not only for myself, but for my teammates. Guys were making shots tonight, so it made my job that much easier.”
(On if he knew what the records were): “I knew what it was, but I didn’t know where I was. I knew that I had hit a few. I knew from last year that I had the eight from Brooklyn, but I didn’t know where I was at during the game, I was just playing. I knew the last two that I made in the fourth quarter, I knew then because Jack told me because he thought I wasn’t going back into the game because of the score. He said ‘You’re close to having the franchise record.’ I was like ‘I didn’t know!’ and then coach put me back in and I got those other two.”
(On his game tonight): “(My teammates) looked for me. They ran some plays for me. Kyrie called some plays. Coach called some plays. The big guys screened for me. They got me open. All I had to do was get square with the basket. Everything else was just like you practice every day.”
(On the offense tonight): “Even against the Pacers, we missed some shots but we were good offensively. We’ve been getting better and better, just passing the ball and moving. Because we’re playing defense, we’re allowing ourselves to get up and down the floor, which allows everybody to play a little bit more free. There’s a lot more space on the floor. Guys can attack and kick or get to the basket. There’s a lot more flow to it and there’s a lot more shot attempts, overall, because of the pace of the game, so it allows everybody to get good looks and play the right way with each other. It’s fun.”
(On getting a “comfortable” win): “It definitely feels good. Especially right before you’re about to go on a road trip. It’s a big road trip. We’re going to play some good teams. It’s already hard enough to win on the road and then playing some really good teams. The biggest thing is to take that momentum. We have a couple practice days and then go out there and try to come out with some wins.”
(On tonight’s game on a back-to-back): “I have no idea about the team I saw the last two nights. The fatigue must have played a far greater factor than I anticipated. It’s one of the great challenges of the NBA and young guys and veterans have to manage it. It’s life in the NBA.”
(On the Cleveland Cavaliers): “We ultimately give Cleveland credit. They are in a playoff chase. I know they’re excited to bring Luol in here. We give Mike Brown and the Cavaliers credit.”
(On C.J. Miles’ record night): “You give him credit. When someone like that is rolling, you have to be aware of where he is at every second. He got away from us and we give him credit. He’s an elite shooter and we just didn’t get the job done on him defensively.”
(On resting his starters): “It was flogging a dead horse. It wasn’t going to happen. Our guys were just not going to find anything extra tonight. You could just see it in their body and their eyes. I elected to play some young guys and sit them.”
(On bench performance): “The bench, last night, played like a bench. Tonight I was proud of them. They came in and played with energy and we won the second half. That was one of our goals. Our young guys came in and played hard.”
(On Michael Carter-Williams): “He wasn’t as fatigued as our more senior players. He stayed strong as a leader, he kept the group together and he continued to persevere so we could continue to hold our head high.”
(On being held scoreless): “It’s just one of those games where you couldn’t get it going. You just want to put it behind you and move on.”
(On tonight’s game): “We, as a team, didn’t play well. I think the road trip kind of caught up with us a little bit. It definitely caught up with us these past couple games. At the end of the day, as a professional athlete, you have to find ways to rest and find ways to work yourself back into a rhythm and keep yourself in shape.”
- With tonight’s 111-93 victory over the 76ers, the Cavaliers are now 2-1 against the 76ers this season. Since Dec. 10, the Cavs have scored at least 100 points in six of nine games at The Q, averaging 104.0 points per game over that stretch.
- The Cavaliers shot 13-28 (.464) from the three-point line. The 13 made three-pointers are a season-high in regulation. The Cavs also dished out a season-high 29 assists.
- Cleveland led 36-20 after the first quarter on 15-25 (.600) shooting from the field, including 6-9 (.667) from the three-point line. The last time Cleveland led by 16 points after the first quarter was Nov. 9, 2012 at Phoenix (+21, led 37-16). The 36 points are a season-high in the first quarter and a season-high tying total for any quarter this season. The 64 points in the first half is also a season-high tying total for the Cavs in a half this season. In the first half, the Cavs also had 21 assists on 27 made field goals.
- Cleveland held a 58-38 rebounding edge over Philadelphia. The Cavaliers have outrebounded each of their last five opponents by an average of 51.8 to 40.6, including 14.6 to 8.0 on the offensive glass.
- The Cavs held the 76ers to 34-86 (.395) shooting from the field. The Cavs are 6-1 on the season when they hold opponents under .400 shooting. In four games in 2014, the Cavs are holding opponents to a combined .393 (125-318) shooting from the field. Defensively, Cleveland also blocked nine shots tonight. They have blocked nine-plus shots six times this season
- C.J. Miles recorded a season-high 34 points on 11-18 (.611) shooting, including a career-high 10-14 (.714) from the three-point line, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 31 minutes. The 10 made three-point shots is a Cavaliers record in a single game (Previous record: 8, four times). Miles went a perfect 5-5 from the three-point line in the first quarter, which ties the team record for most made three-point shots in a quarter. The last NBA player to shoot perfect from the three-point line in a quarter (min. 5 3PA) was Monta Ellis (MIL vs. ORL 3/17/13 5-5, 4th Q).
- C.J. Miles’ eight made shots from the three-point line in the first half is also a Cavs record for most three-pointers in a single half (Previous record: 6, four times). Miles is the first ever Cavaliers player to record two games of at least eight made three-pointers (12/29/12 at BKN). Miles has notched double figures in four straight games (since Jan. 2), averaging 22.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 31.8 minutes per game.
- Anderson Varejao recorded his eighth double-double of the season (80th career) with a season-high tying 18 points on 8-10 (.800) shooting, a game-high 14 rebounds and one block in 26 minutes. Varejao has now grabbed at least 11 rebounds in six straight contests, averaging 14.5 rebounds to go along with 11.5 points and 1.3 blocks in 32.5 minutes per game over that stretch.
- Tristan Thompson posted his team-leading 15th double-double of the season (55th career) with 12 points and 10 rebounds in 29 minutes. Over his last 19 contests (since Nov. 30), Thompson is averaging a double-double with 13.1 points and 10.2 rebounds in 33.5 minutes per game.
- Kyrie Irving finished with a near double-double with 16 points on 6-9 (.667) shooting, including 2-4 (.500) from the three-point line, a game-high tying eight assists and a game-high tying three blocks in 30 minutes.
- Dion Waiters tallied 12 points, four rebounds, a career-high eight assists and two steals in 28 minutes off the bench. Waiters is averaging 15.9 points as a reserve this season.