Game Quotes: Cavaliers vs Trail Blazers
(On the game tonight): “It was a tough one. I thought our guys played hard. I didn’t think we played very smart. We went against all the principles that we talk about doing on a day-to-day basis. We had about 30 mistakes defensively and when you have that many, it’s going to be hard to win basketball games.”
(On Nicolas Batum’s last shot): “Hell of a shot. He caught it and turned. He was off balance, threw it up and it went in. The game really didn’t come down to that last shot to be honest with you. With all of the mistakes that we’ve made in that game, it shouldn’t have went into the first overtime. We were lucky and played with fire basically the whole night, and we got burned.”
(On Tyler Zeller’s performance tonight): “Zeller was good. He played extremely well. He’s starting to seem like he’s getting his feet back under him. I thought he struggled the last game prior to (last night), but I thought the Atlanta game he played pretty well and tonight he played really well.”
(On tonight’s game): “We made a lot of great plays, but we also made a lot of mistakes. We had a couple of inexcusable mistakes defensively at the end of the game that we just can’t give up. We just have to fix those mistakes and be better at the end of games.”
(On his play in the second overtime): “I think I did all right. You have to respect whatever coach (Byron Scott) does and if he puts me in, I’m just trying to do the best I can and trying to help the team win.”
(On Nicolas Batum’s game-winning three): “We made a mistake and he got wide open. He hit a tough shot and won the game.”
(On if he feels frustrated with the team’s inability to win back-to-back games): “We just have to continue to play hard and keep trying and eventually we’ll get it done.”
(On if there was a point during regulation where they should of put the game away): “Coach said we played hard and I believe that too. We thought we had the game at the end, but it didn’t happen.”
Head Coach Terry Stotts
(On importance of ending current losing streak): “Ending a losing streak is always important. It was much needed. That’s an understatement. Breaking a losing streak is important. Losing can take its toll on you so mentally I think that’s big.”
(On a balanced attack versus Cleveland): “I attribute that to our bench. Our bench has been much maligned and I was glad they were able to be productive. The bench really carried us in the first half. The bench really kept us in the game.”
(On nerves in a double-overtime game): “It’s competitive. You like the juices. There’s too much going on to be nervous. You think about each possession and there is way too much going on to be nervous.”
(On the game): “It was great to get a win. It was a great game to watch. Both teams played great basketball. It was a good game by everybody. It was a great job by the bench. They came in and they did a great job tonight.”
(On game winning shot after having first game-winner called off): “I almost won it with that first one. I had to make sure the second would count.”
(On double-overtime victory): “It was tough. I have never seen anything like it. It was crazy. Shots were going in that I’ve never seen before. It was great to be a part of.”
•Tonight was the Cavs first overtime game of the season. The last time Cleveland had an overtime game was April 11, 2012 vs. Indiana. The last time the Cavs had a double-overtime game was January 11, 2008 vs. Charlotte.
•Eight of the nine Cavs players to see the floor scored in double figures: Alonzo Gee (22), Anderson Varejao (19), Tyler Zeller (14), Jeremy Pargo (13), Dion Waiters (12), Omri Casspi (11), Tristan Thompson (10) and Donald Sloan (10). This marks the second time that eight Cavs players scored in double figures this season (November 24th at Miami).
•The Cavaliers collected 15 offensive rebounds, which led to a 33-14 advantage in second chance points.
•Cleveland shot 18-22 (.818) from the charity stripe tonight. In the past two games, the Cavs shot 39-44 (.887) from the foul line.
•The Cavaliers dished out a season-high 32 assists.
•Anderson Varejao recorded his eighth straight double-double by scoring 19 points on 7-11 (.636) shooting, a game-high 17 rebounds (eight offensive), five assists and two steals in 47 minutes of action. The last Cavs player with eight straight double-doubles was Tyrone Hill (02/04/1997-02/23/1997).
•Anderson Varejao became the first player in Cavs history to record eight straight games with 15-plus rebounds. He also has at least five offensive rebounds in each of those games. The only other player in NBA history to record at least 8 consecutive games with 15-plus rebounds and five offensive rebounds during that stretch is Moses Malone (12 straight games, 1978-79 w/Rockets).
•Varejao’s 12 double-doubles is the highest in the Eastern Conference and his 12 games of 15 or more rebounds is a NBA-high.
•Alonzo Gee tallied a career-high tying 22 points on 9-17 (.529) shooting from the field, four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 38 minutes.
•Jeremy Pargo tallied 13 points and a career-high eight assists in 36 minutes .Through Pargo’s seven starts this season, he is averaging 15.9 points, 4.3 assists and 1.0 steal in 33.6 minutes per game.
•Dion Waiters finished with 12 points, five rebounds and a career-high tying seven assists in 36 minutes of action. Waiters has had seven assists in three straight games.
•Tyler Zeller recorded his first double-double of his career with 14 points, including eight in the second overtime, and a career-high 10 rebounds in 31 minutes of action.
•Omri Casspi finished with 11 points and a season-high six rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench. He also shot 3-6 (.500) from the three-point line.
•Daniel Gibson made a pair of three-pointers and is now tied with Wesley Person for third on the Cavaliers all-time leaders list for three-point field goals made (550).
•Donald Sloan recorded a season-high 10 points, three assists and one steal in 16 minutes off the bench.