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Game Quotes: Cavaliers vs. Philadelphia 76ers - Feb. 2

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Cavaliers Head Coach David Blatt

(On tonight’s fourth quarter lineup): "I think that Delly (Matthew Dellavedova) does a great job for us at the end of games. I just sort of felt like he was the right guy to go with in this case. That hasn’t been the case in every game but in this case, and fortunately, that proved to be correct because he did a terrific job for us as he did last game. Obviously, that’s not our normal rotation. It was a feel tonight and I’m just glad that feeling was correct."


(On if he thought the team didn’t get up for Philadelphia):
"I think we should have got up because Philadelphia almost beat Atlanta. If you saw that game, they were a possession away from winning that game. I thought we respected them. I really feel that we came out and we defended. I just thought we played at too slow a pace tonight and we didn’t move the ball as well as we should have. But we did defend throughout with the exception of the third quarter. And honestly, I thought I sort of hurt our momentum. I didn’t feel I did a good job in that third quarter to be honest with you. It’s easy to critique others but you should always look at yourself first and I didn’t think I did a particularly good job in managing that third quarter and that was reflected in the score."


(On the team’s 20 turnovers):
"First of all, the Sixers are second in the league in steals. If you’re static and you’re not moving the ball, they can cause you trouble and they did. We weren’t playing with great pace so we were standing around a little bit too much and I thought ultimately that led to a lot of the turnovers."


(On Matthew Dellavedova):
“That kid deserves nothing but love and support for what he does for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He’s just great: mental toughness, defensive capability, hustle, makes open shots at big moments, but first and foremost he plays for the team.”


(On the defense of Timofey Mozgov and Tristan Thompson):
Moz (Mozgov) was a stopper as he has been since he came. People ask me a lot about our defensive improvement and obviously Timo is a big part of that. You saw it tonight in glaring fashion. He was terrific, as was Tristan (Thompson). Tristan also defended extremely well.”


Kyrie Irving

(On the game tonight): “They were making shots. (Our) offense got a little stagnant. They were hitting some tough shots, especially in the fourth quarter as well. But we stuck with it, stayed in the game and came out with the win. It was just one of those games where we came out in the third quarter and made sure it wasn’t going to be one of those games that we were going to just look back on and be disappointed. For us, we just wanted to continue to get stops. We got stops when we needed and came out with the win.”


(On taking pride in the win streak):
“I take a lot of pride in it. Obviously you don’t want it to end. Winning feels great. We want to continue with it. But for us, it’s just taking it one day at a time, like we continue to be doing and not being content with where we are, not becoming complacent and just continue to work hard and do things we need to do in order to continue this win streak.”


LeBron James

(On winning on a night when teams above in the standings lost): “Personally, for us, we can’t worry about what every other team is doing. We have to continue to build what we’re doing right now. We’re playing some really good basketball, we’re defending at a high level, we’re sharing the ball and it’s good for us. Whatever every other team does, we can’t play for them, we play for ourselves and get better.”


(On Matthew Dellavedova’s game tonight):
“Delly’s primary thing is to come in, play as hard as he can, defend at a high level, get us into our offense and make the right plays. Everything (else) that we get from him is extra. If you’re on the floor with me and you’re open, I’m going to find you and I have the most confidence that you can make a shot. I try to give my guys the confidence that they can make a shot. I give it to them on time and on target and they just have to let it go.”


(On playing down to the level of competition):
“You go out and play the game as its own. You don’t look at the records, you go out and play. I think if you look at the way we played against any other team, it’d be a great game. Everyone always wants to look at the record of opposing teams and say we played to the level of competition. So you play every game, go out and compete, which we did defensively. We had too many turnovers, something we can clean up, but you come out and understand you got better and we did.”


Head Coach Brett Brown

(On his team’s comeback attempt tonight): “The combination of our defense and making some threes enabled us to get back in the game. The game was going the wrong way against a bunch of really great players. We were able to bring it back to respectability and then be in the game with probably four and a half or five minutes to go. Then LeBron (James) quarterbacked the gym and my Australian friend (Matthew Dellavedova) wasn’t a friend. We give them credit.”


(On the improvements his team has made):
“I think it’s the fifth game in a row that we’ve held somebody under 100 points, and I think 23 for the year. We’re really proud of that. If we’re anything, we have to guard. In our city, you better come with a hard hat. I’m proud of the defensive improvement our team has made. It’s what has enabled us to stay in most games. The new thing that’s coming in is (that) we’re actually making threes. We shoot them freely, but we need them because we’ve been so challenged offensively.”


MICHAEL CARTER-WILLIAMS

(On his team’s comeback attempt late in the game): “They did a great job. They stuck together and they did things that we’ve done all year. We went down a little bit and came back. Cleveland made some big plays in the end. I’ve got to give all the credit in the world to them and to these guys in this locker room because they go out and play hard each and every night.”


(On playing through his injury the first three quarters):
“No one is 100 percent healthy in this league, and a lot of this league is about playing through injuries. So coach and I decided that I would go out there, give it a shot and try to tough it out. During the game, I didn’t feel the same. I couldn’t really get any lift off the ground. It was best for the team and myself that I sat the rest of the game.”


ROBERT COVINGTON

(On his team’s comeback attempt): “That’s one thing about us – no matter what, we’re never going to give up. We’re going to leave it all on the court. That’s one thing that we’ve grown over the past few games. We’ve overcome big deficits and we’ve fought back in the game. These guys have done a great job of being poised and having the confidence to stay with it. We’ve made runs and we got back into games.”


(On what sparked his fourth quarter performance):
“Just playing. Guys found me in situations that I was able to score, and I was able to put myself in situations to help other guys score. Everybody just stepped up and filled in roles when Mike (Michael Carter-Williams) went out.”


CAVALIERS NOTES:

  • The Cleveland Cavaliers tallied their 11th consecutive win (longest active streak in the NBA) after pulling off a 97-84 wire-to-wire victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night. The winning streak is the longest of the season and is the longest since the Wine and Gold won a franchise-record tying 13 games in a row from Jan. 16 – Feb. 11, 2010. Cleveland’s winning streak is tied for the third longest in franchise history and is the seventh time in team history that the Cavs have posted a winning streak of 11 or more victories. During the current winning streak, the Cavs are averaging 108.4 points, while allowing only 95.5 (+12.9 scoring differential) on .418 shooting from the field.
  • Tonight’s victory was also the Cavs seventh straight win at Quicken Loans Arena (longest of the season) and is the longest since Cleveland posted an 11-game home winning streak from Feb. 23 – Apr. 6, 2010.
  • The Wine and Gold spread the ball around as it had six players score in double figures (Kyrie Irving 24, LeBron James 18, J.R. Smith 12, Matthew Dellavedova 12, Iman Shumpert 11 and Timofey Mozgov 10). The Cavs also shot well from behind the arc, connecting on 12-27 (.444) shots from deep. Tonight was the sixth time in the last seven outings that Cleveland has knocked down double-digit triples.
  • The Cavaliers defense held the 76ers to 84 points on 31-78 (.397) shooting from the field. The Wine and Gold are 7-0 this year when limiting its opponents to under .400 shooting from the floor. Cleveland’s defense has now held nine straight opponents under 100 points for the first time since March 15-31, 2009 when it did so in nine straight games. Over those last nine outings, the Cavaliers opponents are averaging a 91.9 points on a combined .402 shooting percentage and .330 three-point percentage during that stretch.
  • After being named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the first time this season, Kyrie Irving kept up his strong play with a game-high 24 points on 9-16 (.562) shooting from the floor, five assists and five rebounds in 39 minutes. During the Cavs eleven-game winning streak, Irving is averaging 25.8 points on .515 shooting from field and .500 (39-78) from three-point range, 5.3 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 37.1 minutes over the 11 game stretch.
  • LeBron James tallied his 13th double-double of the year after finishing with 18 points, a game-high 11 assists, three boards and two steals in 36 minutes of action. Tonight was the ninth time this season James has posted double-digit assists. With 13 double-doubles this season, James has already surpassed last year’s double-double total of 12.
  • Iman Shumpert shot a perfect 4-4 from the floor, including 2-2 from behind the arc and finished with 11 points (most points in a game since joining the Cavaliers), two rebounds and two steals in 22 minutes off the bench.
  • Timofey Mozgov registered a career-high tying five blocks to go along with 10 points, eight rebounds and one steal in 27 minutes of play. Mozgov has now blocked nine shots in his last three contests for an average of 3.0 per game. He has also blocked one shot in nine straight games.
  • Kevin Love grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds to go along five points, two assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes. Tonight was Love’s eighth game this year with 15 or more boards.
  • Matthew Dellavedova drained three triples in the fourth quarter and finished the night with 12 points on 4-7 (.571) shooting from the floor and 3-4 (.750) from behind the arc, two assists and a steal in 22 minutes off the bench. Dellavedova has scored in double-digits in each of the last two games.

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