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Wine and Gold Tame Grizzlies at The Q

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by Joe Gabriele
Cavs.com Beat Writer

Wrap-Up – Aside from last week’s hiccup against Atlanta, the Cavaliers have been a very dangerous team on the corner of Huron and Ontario, and they kept their mojo rolling on Sunday afternoon – going wire-to-wire over the shorthanded Grizzlies for the 105-91 win.

Sporting the second-best record in the rough-and-tumble Western Conference, the Grizzlies came to Cleveland without the services of their talented big man, Zach Randolph and their top perimeter defender, Tony Allen. But they got no pity from the Wine and Gold, who jumped out to an 18-4 lead and never looked back.

LeBron James led both teams with 25 points and 11 assists, going 9-for-15 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from long-distance. Dion Waiters came off the bench to follow up with 21 points in 28 minutes, going 9-for-16 from the field. Kyrie Irving tied a career-high with 12 assists to go with 17 points.

Anderson Varejao netted 12 of his 18 points before intermission, adding seven boards and a pair of helpers. And Shawn Marion tied a season-high with 11 points, going 5-of-6 from the floor in the win.

The Cavaliers shot 61 percent from the floor while holding Memphis to 45 percent, including 6 percent (1-of-16) from long-distance. Paced by LeBron and Kyrie, Cleveland had 34 assists on 46 made shots.

Turning Point – As the Cavs have done often this season, and for the second time this week, they jumped a team early at The Q – running out to a double-digit edge halfway through the first quarter and holding a team at bay the rest of the way. Memphis trimmed Cleveland’s edge to four at the end of the third quarter and began the fourth down just five. But the Cavs started the final period on a 10-2 to run to essentially put the game out of reach down the stretch.

By the Numbers15-3 … Cleveland’s all-time record against the Grizzlies at The Q. The Cavaliers have now won eight of nine and 11 of their last 14 contests at Quicken Loans Arena. In that nine-game stretch, the Cavs are outscoring their opponents by an average of 8.8 points per game (104.8 to 96.8), while shooting .499 from the floor and handing out 25.5 assists. The Wine and Gold are also 8-0 at home when LeBron James tops the 22-point plateau.

QuotableLeBron James, on Shawn Marion, the team’s starting two-guard one week ago who spent much of Sunday’s game defending seven-footers …

“That’s what it has to be about, that’s what team sports have to be about. It’s not (about) ‘me’ – it’s about the team. ‘Trix is one of those guys – you’re looking at a multi-time All-Star that’s now fitting into a role – and you look at the other side too in Vince Carter. It’s not about ‘you.’ It’s about the team. And if you’re not about the team … you should play golf.”

Up Next – The Cavaliers wrap up their five-game homestand on Tuesday night against the injury-plagued and defensively-challenged Timberwolves. After that they travel for a Sunshine State back-to-back, beginning with a marquee matchup on Christmas Day in Miami. On Friday night, they travel north to Orlando, where they’ll take on a Magic team that they topped by 32 one month earlier at The Q. On Sunday afternoon, the Wine and Gold welcome the struggling Pistons to Cleveland for the first time this season before traveling to Atlanta for a Tuesday night matchup against the Hawks.


Postgame: LeBron James - Dec. 21

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following the Cavs 105-91 victory over Memphis Sunday night at The Q.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Memphis Grizzlies - December 21, 2014

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Postgame: LeBron James - Dec. 21

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following the Cavs 105-91 victory over Memphis Sunday night at The Q.
Dec 21, 2014  |  06:57

Postgame: Dion Waiters - Dec. 21

Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters spoke with the media following the Cavs 105-91 victory over Memphis Sunday night at The Q.
Dec 21, 2014  |  02:24

Postgame: Kyrie Irving - Dec. 21

Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving spoke with the media following the Cavs 105-91 victory over Memphis Sunday night at The Q.
Dec 21, 2014  |  03:09

Postgame: Kevin Love - Dec. 21

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love spoke with the media following the Cavs 105-91 victory over Memphis Sunday night at The Q.
Dec 21, 2014  |  03:00

Postgame: Anderson Varejao - Dec. 21

Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao spoke with the media following the Cavs 105-91 victory over Memphis Sunday night at The Q.
Dec 21, 2014  |  01:59

Postgame: Coach Blatt - Dec. 21

Cavaliers Head Coach David Blatt spoke with the media following the Cavs 105-91 victory over Memphis Sunday night at The Q.
Dec 21, 2014  |  11:25

Grizzlies vs. Cavaliers - Dec. 21

LeBron James has 25 points and 11 assists, Dion Waiters adds 21 and the Cavaliers beat the Grizzlies 105-91.
Dec 21, 2014  |  00:00

Lob to LeBron

Dion Waiters launches the lob to LeBron James for the two-handed stuff.
Dec 21, 2014  |  00:00

Waiters Around the World

Dion Waiters attacks the baseline and makes an incredible acrobatic bucket.
Dec 21, 2014  |  00:00

Irving to James

Kyrie Irving tosses it up to LeBron James who puts it in.
Dec 21, 2014  |  00:00

Grizzlies vs. Cavaliers: First half

The Cavaliers lead the Grizzlies at the break 52-41.
Dec 21, 2014  |  00:00

LeBron's Big Smash

LeBron James charges to the rack and punches in the emphatic flush.
Dec 21, 2014  |  00:00

Irving And-one

Kyrie Irving bursts inside and makes the fancy layup and-one.
Dec 21, 2014  |  00:00

LeBron Dimes Varejao

LeBron James dumps the dime between the double team to Anderson Varejao for two.
Dec 21, 2014  |  00:00

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