Cavs Beat NBA Champion Mavericks 91-88
Let’s face it, the odds were stacked against Cleveland. The Cavaliers never play well on the second night of back-to-back games. They had lost two straight, three of their last four and seven of their last nine games. Oh, did I mention, the defending NBA champs, the Dallas Mavericks, were in town?
Cleveland struggled in the opening stanza scoring just 15 points despite Anderson Varejao starting the game with two big dunks. The Cavs closed the gap by outscoring Dallas 28-27 in the second quarter and cutting the halftime lead down to just 51-43.
Cleveland’s defense came alive in the third quarter. The Cavs held the Mavericks to 13 points, the fewest points by a Cleveland opponent this season. It allowed the Cavs to climb back into the game heading into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth, Cleveland held Dallas to just 2 points in the final 3:30 seconds of the game. The Cavs took advantage scoring eight points and taking their first lead of the game since the early stages of the final quarter. Anderson Varejao and Kyrie Irving came alive in the final stanza. Irving led the charge for Cleveland with 20 points, Varejao finished the game with 17 points and 17 rebounds. Antwan Jamison added 19 points and Alonzo Gee pitched in with 12 points as the Cavs beat the Mavs 91-88.
With the win, the Cavs improve to 4-5 at home this season and they snap Dallas’ three-game winning streak over Cleveland. The Cavaliers return to action
Tuesday when they face the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena.