The Cavs couldn’t create a difference on the scoreboard against one of weakest teams in the NBA, and their lackluster effort forced them to play an overtime period. Luckily for them, their backcourt duo of Jarrett Jack and Kyrie Irving carried the offense on their backs on the way to a huge 114-111 win.
Jack and Irving scored 15 of the team’s 18 points between them in the extra period to lead the Cavaliers’ offense on their way to a close win at home. The game shouldn’t have been decided in overtime in the first place, but the fact that the offensive leaders were able to step their game up in crunch time was definitely a good sign for the organization.
Irving’s performance has a double-merit as he was reportedly playing through sickness. Apparently that wasn’t enough to stop Uncle Drew who finished with 39 points and six assists. Jack, on the other hand, came off the bench but logged almost 38 minutes on the court and ended with 17 points, five of them in the final five minutes of the contest.
The Cavaliers clearly need to aid their defensive issues, but it’s undeniable that they have been improving as of late. This performance was the best proof that they’re able to come through in the clutch, and as long as Kyrie Irving can perform the Cavaliers will be a tough team to beat this season.