Seven of the nine Cavaliers who got significant playing time scored in double figures on Tuesday night as Cleveland cruised past the Toronto Raptors 113-101.
After clinching the league’s best record on Sunday evening, LeBron James made a few comments about getting some rest before the playoffs begin in a few weeks. He was on the floor against the Raptors but really did not seem to be pushing too hard. That’s not to say he had an off-night or played poorly because he certainly did not. He was just incredibly smooth in everything that he did. The King connected on 9-of-10 of his free throw attempts on his way to 19 points and a game-high 13 assists. And the second half to last year’s dynamic duo was incredible as well. Mo Williams was 6-for-9 from the field for 14 points while dishing out 12 assists in the winning effort. Most importantly, Williams seems to be regaining his Mo-Swag just in time for the postseason. Antawn Jamison gave a solid 20 point effort as he led the scoring rout for the Cavaliers and JJ Hickson added a steady 10 point-seven rebound performance.
Anderson Varejao was back after missing several games over the last week with a sore hamstring but Delonte West was missing from the Cleveland bench due to back spasms. Varejao didn’t miss a beat as he returned to the lineup with a 10 point and four rebound effort. Jawad Williams filled in nicely for West as he knocked down 3-of-5 three point attempts in route to 13 points.
And because I’ve waited the entire season for this day, Sir Anthony Parker gets his own section today. When Cleveland signed him this offseason, they were expecting a solid defender and a high percentage three point shooter. AP has been both of those things. But the league prototype for a two-guard requires Parker to score a lot more than he has. Well, AP came up with a season-high 18 points to go along with eight rebound and six assists in the winning effort. The guy did it all on Tuesday night. He played excellent defense; he led the team in rebounding; he was third on the team in the scoring column; and he was second on the team in efficiency rating (+13). AP showed us a little something and certainly adds another dimension to the Cavaliers come playoff time.
Well, some good news is the Cavaliers shot 79% from the free throw line and seem to be getting better. However, they only got to the line 14 times. I’ll take the good with the bad because a win is a win. Solid game, solid effort on all accounts. Can’t the playoffs start tomorrow?!