The Cleveland Cavaliers, for whatever, reason, have been involved in a number of wildly entertaining basketball games, that on paper, have no business being exciting or even competitive. It started with the Portland Trail Blazers game about two weeks ago, where Damian Lillard did this and sent the Wine & Gold home with a loss. In between the Trail Blazers game where several performances that had next to no positives for Cavaliers fans, namely drubbings at the hands of division rivals Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls.
But then last night happened, a double overtime thriller that saw the Cavaliers go toe-to-toe with the Eastern Conference’s third best team. It just so happened that the Cavaliers, in their previous showdown with the Hawks, were blown out and Kyrie Irving was held scoreless in 20 minutes of play, while Dion Waiters scored 30 points. Also in that game, Kyle Korver was 2-3 from behind the arc, setting the NBA record for games with most consecrative three-pointers.
In the rematch last night, Irving went off for 40 points, while Waiters scored 20 points on 9-14 shooting and had the Cavaliers’ second highest +/- at +10. Korver, meanwhile, was 4-12 from deep, continuing his streak but at the elite level he usually does.
But, as you’ll see, the Cavaliers fell short on another dagger from an opposing teams point guard. Before, it was Lillard. Last night, it was Jeff Teague, who pulled up from twenty feet after getting space between himself and Tristan Thompson, who matched up on Teague after switching with Irving on a Paul Millsap/Teague pick & roll.
The overall highlights from last night game focus in on the the most entertaining aspect of the game: The duel between Irving and Teague. The two went back and forth, carrying the scoring load for their respective teams. But in the end, Teague came up in the clutch.
But Irving did do this.
That crossover prompted a tweet from Teague himself post game.
So my ankles are ok just to let you guys know #crossedme
— Jeff Teague (@Teague0) December 27, 2013
Check out more video highlights from Cavaliers-Hawks below.