The Cleveland Cavaliers won their fourth straight game last night when they took the Detroit Pistons. It wasn’t the prettiest game, but behind strong play down the stretch from Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson, Cleveland was able to make a run late that gave them their first lead of the game with 2:06 left to play. And while the Pistons took back the lead on the next possession, a three-pointer from Irving (which you can view below) on the next possession gave the Cavaliers a lead they would not relinquish on their way to a 93-89 victory. Irving’s three also resulted in some amazing sideline dancing from the Cleveland bench, headed by Dion Waiters and C.J. Miles. (GIF via SBNation.com)
From my recap of the game:
Just a week ago, the Cleveland Cavaliers were embarrassed by the Los Angeles Lakers at Quicken Loans Arena. The Lakers were beyond shorthanded, as they lost two players in the game due to injury and were only able to hang on partly because the Cavaliers decided to shoot three-pointer after three-pointer despite the Lakers center Robert Sacre not being able to foul without giving the ball back to the Cavaliers.
The next day, the Cavaliers fired their general manager and looked well on their way to another lottery appearance. The team was laughed at, their draft picks picked apart and the All-Star Break couldn’t come enough.
But then the Cavaliers went on a four game winning streak in which Anthony Bennett started to look like a competent NBA player, Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters started to mesh and the Cavaliers beat two teams ahead of them in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Four games later, the Cavaliers are now just three games out of the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.
Below you can view Irving’s three, as well as the full game highlights.