Wine and Gold Go Wire-to-Wire
Wrap-Up – CJ Miles has been hot since he came out of the locker room after halftime in Brooklyn. But on the coldest night of the year, he was absolute scalding – setting the Cavaliers franchise record with 10 three-pointers, just two shy of the NBA mark. As for the Cavaliers, they jumped on the Sixers from the opening tip and never let up – running away with the much-needed 111-93 blowout on Tuesday night at The Q.Miles finished with 34 points, going 10-for-14 from long-distance to go with five boards, two assists and a pair of steals. Anderson Varejao quietly had a strong night of his own – going 8-of-10 from the floor for 18 points to go with 14 boards. Tristan Thompson also doubled-up with 12 boards and 10 points. Kyrie Irving, in his return from a left knee contusion that sidelined him for the previous three games, added 16 points and eight assists. Dion Watiers was the only reserve in double-figures with 12 points to go with a career-high eight helpers.
The Wine and Gold shot 49 percent from the floor and killed Philly on the boards, 58-38. Cleveland also converted 29 assists into 44 made basket s in Tuesday’s win. The Cavs held the Sixers, who were coming off four straight wins on the West Coast, to just 39 percent shooting.
Turning Point – After three straight overtime contests and another nailbiter against Indiana on Sunday, the Cavaliers were due for a laugher and, at the midway point of the first quarter, that’s just what Tuesday’s game turned out to be. Tied at 13-apiece, Miles caught fire, drilling four treys in a two-minute span to blow the game wide open early. The Cavs led by 16 after one quarterand by 23 at half. They’d eventually extend their edge to 31 before Mike Brown emptied his bench down the stretch.
Game Ball – C.J. Miles – CJ was white-hot from the first time he touched the ball – canning his first six three-pointers and setting the franchise record for treys in a half. He tied the franchise record for three-pointers in a game when he hit his eighth bomb with 2:16 to play in the second quarter, went on to score on a traditional three-point play early in the third, then proceeded to hit two more trifectas to wrap up his record-setting night.
By the Numbers – 15, 55 … double-doubles that Tristan Thompson has posted this season and in his young career. Over his last 19 games, the third-year forward is averaging a double-double with 13.1 points and 10.2 boards per contest. At 19.4 rebounds per game, Tristan and Anderson Varejao are the second-best rebounding duo in the Eastern Conference.
Quotable – C.J. Miles, when asked what's going through his mind when he hits that many three-pointers in a row …
”How do I get open to get another one?”
Up Next – The Cavaliers leave for their first West Coast trip of the season on Thursday night and they’ll face five foes before returning to The Q for a Martin Luther King Day matchup with the Mavericks. On Friday night, the Wine and Gold travel to Utah to face the Jazz. On Sunday, it’s a meeting with the Kings in Sacramento. After a day off, it’s a back-to-back with the Lakers on Tuesday and the Blazers at the Rose Garden on Wednesday. They wrap up the junket on Friday night in Denver.