Cavs Trip Clips at The Q

December 7, 2013
Kyrie Irving
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Wrap-Up – For the third straight game at The Q, the Wine and Gold went toe-to-toe with a Conference heavyweight, and for the third straight game, the Cavaliers delivered the first blow and kept on swinging. On Saturday, the Cavs continued their mastery of the Clippers in Cleveland, holding off Chris Paul and Co. for the hard-fought 88-82 win.

Tristan Thompson notched his tenth double-double of the year, tallying 20 points, 13 boards and a pair of steals in the win. Thompson’s draft classmate, Kyrie Irving, also netted 20 points – scoring seven of those in the final quarter. Andrew Bynum played 24 action-packed minutes – netting 18 points on 8-for-13 shooting to go with six boards. Jarrett Jack came off the bench to score 11 points and Anderson Varejao – who tangled with Blake Griffin in the fourth quarter – led everyone with 17 rebounds.

The Cavaliers held the high-powered Clippers, who came into the contest averaging 104.6 points per game, to just 32 percent shooting from the floor. Cleveland out-rebounded the Clippers, 60-45, and outmuscled them in the paint, 42-32.

Turning Point – Closing quarters is huge on the road, but it can also be huge stemming the tide at home. On Saturday night, Darren Collison hit two straight three-pointers in the final two minutes of the third quarter to turn a nine-point Cleveland lead into a two point deficit. But with 1.9 to play in the period, Jarrett Jack hit a bomb from halfcourt, giving the Cavaliers the lead back headed into the final quarter. Cleveland ran off the first six points of the fourth and held on for the home victory.

Game BallAnderson Varejao – Andy has always been proof that a player doesn’t need to score to positively affect the game, and that was the case again on Saturday. Not only did the Wild Thing grab a season-high in rebounds, he thoroughly frustrated Blake Griffin all night – finally to the point where L.A.’s All-Star lost his cool with 2:21 remaining, charging Andy after being fouled in the paint. Varejao grabbed 13 boards in the second half of Saturday’s contest; Griffin scored three points on 1-for-5 shooting in the second stanza.

By the Numbers.917 … Cavaliers’ winning percentage against the Clippers over their last 12 meetings at The Q. The Wine and Gold are now 14-3 in their last 17 games against L.A. overall.

QuotableTristan Thompson, on the Cavaliers’ toughness on Saturday night …

”These games kind of test the character of our team and I think we grew in terms of taking steps forward and we’ve just got to continue with it on Tuesday”

Up Next – The Cavaliers welcome the Knicks to The Q on Tuesday night before hitting the road for a Sunshine State back-to-back next weekend against Orlando on Friday night and the World Champs on Saturday on South Beach. It’s another Western Conference foe at The Q when they return to Cleveland as Damien Lillard and the surprising Trail Blazers make their way to town one week from Tuesday.