Cavs Win Thriller in Atlanta
Wrap-Up – The Cavaliers got something good from every member of their starting lineup: Anderson Varejao with 20 points and 18 boards, Tristan Thompson with 15 rebounds, Jeremy Pargo with 22 points and Dion Waiters, 21. But it was Alonzo Gee who gave Cleveland the final reward, putting back a Waiters’ three-point miss with 0.4 seconds to play to give the Wine and Gold the 113-111 win on Friday night in Atlanta.
The Cavs started the fourth quarter down nine, 91-82, but Jeremy Pargo scored 10 of his 22 points in the final period to key Cleveland’s comeback. The Wine and Gold completely dominated Atlanta on the boards, 49-28, with Varejao and Tristan Thompson combining to top the entire Hawks team.
Turning Point – With 6:39 to play in the fourth quarter and Atlanta up eight – 97-89 – Daniel Gibson drilled a three-pointer and Jeremy Pargo caught fire, igniting a 16-2 run to put the Cavaliers into the driver’s seat. The Hawks tied the game twice more, but Gee’s save in the final seconds sealed the deal.
Game Ball – Jeremy Pargo – Taking over for the injured Kyrie Irving, Pargo had his second 20-plus point game as a Cavalier. He notched six of his game-high 22 points during a 1:24 stretch that gave Cleveland a six-point edge after Boobie Gibson’s three-pointer tied the game at 99-apiece.
By the Numbers – 7 … consecutive games that Anderson Varejao has totaled at least 10 points, 15 rebounds, including 5 offensive boards. The last player to accomplish that feat was Moses Malone.
Quotable – Alonzo Gee, on the game-winner …
“It feels great to hit the game-winning shot. That was my first game-winning shot, and it’s a great feeling. I was just going to the boards on the last play. I didn’t see the ball on that play. I just went to the hoop thinking that Dion’s shot was going in. The next thing I knew the ball fell into my hands, and I just went up with it.”
Seen and Heard – Danny Ferry isn’t the only former member of the Cavaliers front office to wind up in Atlanta. Other friendly, familiar faces have also flown south for the winter include former Director of Player Personnel, Wes Wilcox – now the Hawks assistant GM and, our old friend, Garin Narain, who was Director of Basketball Communications with the Cavs and is now the Vice President of Hawks Public Relations.
Up Next – It’s back home for the second half of the weekend back to back as the Cavaliers welcome J.J. Hickson and the Blazers to The Q. Naturally, the Wine and Gold get right back on the road, traveling to the Motor City to face the Pistons on Monday.