Cavs Sink Suns in Phoenix

March 12, 2014
Kyrie Irving
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Wrap-Up – Spencer Hawes set ‘em up and Kyrie Irving knocked ‘em down as the Wine and Gold tipped off a critical Western Conference road trip with a big 110-101 win over the Suns on Wednesday night in Phoenix.

Hawes scored 17 of his 19 points in the first quarter, going 5-for-7 from the floor, including all three shots from beyond the arc – propelling the Wine and Gold to a 37-24 edge. In the final period, it was Mr. Fourth Quarter’s moment – with Kyrie notching 12 of his game-high 23 points to snuff the Suns’ run.

But Wednesday’s dynamic duo got plenty of help in the Valley of the Sun. Every Cavalier starter – plus Dion Waiters – notched double-figures in the win. Luol Deng registered 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting, adding nine boards and three helpers. Tristan Thompson finished with 13 points and seven boards and Jarrett Jack added 11 points, four boards and four assists.

The Cavaliers bested Phoenix in almost every category – beating them badly on the boards, 51-36, on second-chance points, 27-14, and on the break, 17-13. Cleveland shot an even 50 percent (12-of-24) from beyond the arc and went 22-of-27 from the stripe. The Suns never led on Wednesday and the score might have even been more lopsided had the Cavs not committed 19 turnovers.

Turning Point – Dion Waiters didn’t have a great game on Wednesday – going 4-of-11 from the floor for 10 points. But eight of those points came in a crucial juncture. With Phoenix gaining momentum towards the end of the third quarter– cutting Cleveland’s lead to just a deuce, 79-77, Waiters splashed home a three-pointer at the buzzer to quiet the crowd. He began the fourth period with a driving layup and canned another trey on the next possession – literally bumping Cleveland’s lead from two to 10 in a single minute of play.

Game BallKyrie Irving – The Cavs All-Star guard did it all in Phoenix, going 9-for-19 from the floor, including 3-of-6 from long-distance, for 23 points – tying Luol Deng with nine boards while handing out a team-high six assists. Irving and Waiters led the Wine and Gold with a pair of steals and notched the Cavs’ lone blocked shot.

By the Numbers104, 79 … three-point field goals made and blocked shots for Spencer Hawes in 2013-14. The next player beneath Hawes in that statistical split is Detroit’s Josh Smith, with 52 treys and 79 blocks.

QuotableKyrie Irving, on holding on to beat the Suns in their gym …

”For me, it was just about how we competed and how we withstood their runs. They do a great job of shooting threes and it’s what keeps them in the game and they get out in transition and I think we did a great job of limiting them to both of those.”

Up Next – The West Coast trip rolls on as the Cavs head for California – taking on Stephen Curry and the Warriors on Friday night in Oakland. On Sunday, the Wine and Gold head to Tinseltown to face Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and the red-hot Clippers to close out the road portion of their Western Conference schedule. When they return, it’s another trio of tough games – as they welcome the Heat, Thunder and Rockets to round out a challenging three-game home stand.

Watch Highlights: Cavs 110, Suns 101