The Cleveland Cavaliers carried on their indifferent season as they came in to the Oklahoma Thunder‘s arena and dominated them, leading to a 114-104 victory. The Cavaliers stayed competitive throughout and were able to pull away in the fourth, showing that if they can compete and not lose games in the first half, they do indeed have players capable of beating other teams.
The Cavaliers — more than anybody — know it’s important to not get carried away with one victory, but beating the terrific Thunder team is hard to forget. The Cavaliers know they’re building something special, and this may be the evidence needed to show they’re heading in the right direction at long last.
This result may have come as a surprise as many are used to seeing the Thunder win and the Cavaliers lose, but on this occasion it was like the teams had swapped jerseys. Kyrie Irving was inspirational throughout as he scored 31 points along with nine assists and five rebounds. Irving also had four steals and elevated his game in the fourth quarter, scoring 14 of his 31 when it mattered the most.
There was a display of great performances with Jarrett Jack scoring 21 points and new addition Spencer Hawes adding 19. The Thunder didn’t exactly have a quiet night offensively, with Kevin Durant scoring 28 points and Russell Westbrook adding 24 points. Many were complimentary of the battle between Irving and Westbrook, as both guards are considered two of the best in the game today, and they more than backed this up.
The Cavaliers will be hoping to build on this big victory, but will they fall apart again?