The Vote Is In! Fans Decide Top 10 Moments in Cavaliers History

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CLEVELAND, April 14 – The Cavaliers 35th Anniversary Celebration during the 2004-05 season concluded with the unveiling of the Top 10 Moments in Cleveland Cavaliers history as decided on by the fans. The results of a season-long poll were revealed during halftime of the Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks game on Thursday night.

Throughout the season, thousands of fans voted for their top Cavalier moments as part of the Cavaliers 35th anniversary celebration. Voting took place at Cavaliers games at Gund Arena and online at clevelandcavaliers.com. Thousands of votes were received from 35 states and 34 countries that circle the globe from Brazil to Hong Kong

Fans could choose from a listing of 35 Top Moments compiled by a committee of qualified experts that included the “Voice of the Cavaliers” Joe Tait, Cavaliers great Austin Carr and Cavaliers head statistician Chuck Broski. Fans also had the option of writing in their own top moment.

The Top 10 Moments in Cavaliers history according to fan opinion are listed below.

TOP 10 MOMENTS IN CAVALIERS HISTORY
1
Game Seven vs. Washington -- Snyder hits shot with :04 seconds left, Cavaliers win series

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April 29, 1976


A record crowd of 21.564 filled the Coliseum an hour before tipoff and they saw four quarters of hardcore hoops. Washington's Phil Chenier tied the game at 85-85 with 24 seconds left. With nine seconds left, Jim Cleamons inbounded to Dick Snyder. Snyder raced past Wes Unseld to hit a five-foot runner high off the glass with four seconds remaining. Chenier fired a desperation shot from the corner, but time expired and "Miracle of Richfield" was complete.
2
Cavaliers are awarded No. 1 pick in NBA Draft allowing them to draft LeBron James

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May 22, 2003

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The Cavaliers had finished 17-65 in 2002-03, tied for the worst record in the league. But those days were in the past when Russ Granik opened the envelope that contained the Cavaliers' logo. It was white-knuckle time as Clevelanders prayed for the lottery balls to fall our way, and when it did, there was no doubt that they'd be selecting the hoops prodigy from nearby Akron, LeBron James.
3
Game Seven vs. Boston -- Cavaliers win series with 122-104 win in Bird's last game

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May 17, 1992

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The Cavaliers won two playoff series in a season for the first time in club history when they sunk the Celtics on a Sunday afternoon in Richfield. In Larry Bird's last game as a pro, Cleveland cruised to a 122-104 win, tying playoff records for FG percentage (.590) and assists (42). Six Cavaliers scored in double-figures, led by Brad Daugherty's 27 points as the Cavaliers advanced to the East Finals for the first time.
4
LeBron James becomes first Cavalier to win Rookie of the Year Award
April 20, 2004

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Only two other rookies in the history of the league (Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson) put up numbers comparable to LeBron James in their rookie seasons. LBJ was the youngest player -- and the only Cavalier -- to win the Rookie of the Year award. James finished his freshman season averaging 20.9 points, 5.5 boards and 5.9 assists per game. Moreover, the Cavaliers more than doubled their win total from the previous season.
5
Ehlo's three-pointer beats Utah at the buzzer -- "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus ..."

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December 23, 1991

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As part of one of the greatest months in team history, Craig Ehlo sank a three-pointer as the buzzer sounded to send Karl Malone, John Stockton and the Utah Jazz home unhappy and give Cavalier fans an early Christmas present. The shot and victory were immortalized by Joe Tait's legendary call as the Cavaliers left the floor: "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus! And he come's from Lubbock, Texas!"
6
Mark Price, Larry Nance, Brad Daugherty play in All-Star Game; Lenny Wilkens coaches
Februrary 12, 1989

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The Cavaliers sent a team-record three players to the 1989 All-Star Game in Houston and Lenny Wilkens made his third appearance as head coach. The West prevailed in the game, 143-134, but the Cavaliers made a good showing. Brad Daugherty got limited minutes and didn't score, but Larry Nance totalled 10 points and six rebounds in only 17 minutes off the bench and Mark Price tallied nine points for the East.
7
Cavaliers beat Lakers 154-153 in four overtimes
January 29, 1980
The Cavaliers had a busy off-season before the 1979-80 campaign, including naming Stan Albeck as the new head coach. That year, the Cavaliers played one of the most incredible ballgames ever witnessed at the Coliseum, a 154-153 quadruple overtime win over the World Champion Lakers. Four Cavaliers -- Mike Mitchell, Dave Robisch and Randy Smith -- scored 30+ points in the epic victory.
8
NBA All-Star Weekend at the Gund -- NBA at 50 Celebration
February 7-9, 1997
The lineup of players introduced at the 1997 All-Star Game at Gund Arena was the greatest collection of talent in basketball history assembled under one roof. Living legends like Jerry West, Julius Erving and Oscar Robertson joined the new generation of stars such as Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal. In the game itself, guard Terrell Brandon scored 10 points in only 17 minutes off the bench.
9
LeBron James debut -- tallies 25 points, six rebounds and nine assists vs. Sacramento
October 29, 2003

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The doubters were out on opening night in Sacramento, hoping the hype would catch up with LeBron James, but the Chosen One put it all to rest in his first night of NBA action. LeBron notched 25 points, six boards and nine assists, the highest point total ever by a high school player in their pro debut. The Cavaliers lost, 106-92, but there was no doubt that King James was beginning his reign.
10
Game Two at Washington -- Bingo hits 25-footer for first playoff win
April 15, 1976
After dropping the series opener, but the Cavaliers were ready for Game 2. The Bullets had the ball and a one-point lead with 28 seconds remaining, but the Cavaliers forced a turnover with six seconds to go. In the first of three "miracle" finishes, Bingo Smith, the only remaining original Cavalier, drilled a 25-footer in the closing seconds to give Cleveland an 80-79 win, their first ever in the postseason.