On Wednesday night in Cleveland, the Cavaliers picked up their second straight victory by blowing out the Charlotte Bobcats 122 to 95. The game wasn’t even as close as the final score indicated.
Most of the Cavaliers wins this season have been in close games, and it was nice to see the Wine and Gold actually put a team away for once. The win over the Bobcats was big for the Cavaliers for several reasons.
First of all, the Cavaliers have not played well against many of the bad teams in the NBA this season. The Bobcats are definitely bad, and this game might have been a loss for the Cavaliers earlier in the season. It most certainly would have at least been a close game, and the Cavaliers likely would have struggled in the fourth quarter.
On Wednesday night, though, the Cavaliers were able to jump out to a big lead early and then cruise to victory. It’s great to see the Cavaliers showing energy and toughness, even against a bad team, and it’s big to see the Wine and Gold actually blow out another team.
Another positive sign with the win revolves around how many players contributed to the victory. All-Star guard Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers in scoring once again, as he scored 22 points on the night. But Irving got plenty of help and didn’t even play in the fourth quarter.
Dion Waiters scored 19 points for the Cavaliers, and Tristan Thompson added 17 points, which included 13 points on five-for-five shooting in the second quarter. In addition, Marreese Speights pulled down 10 rebounds, Shaun Livingston dished out six assists, Luke Walton had two steals and Thompson recorded three blocked shocks.
The win was a total team effort, and the Cavaliers have not had nearly enough of them this season.
Now the win was just over the Bobcats, who are terrible, but it also came right after victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are terrific.
The bottom line is that the Cavaliers are playing much better, and if they can keep this up they have a chance to win a lot more games the rest of the season.