Daniel Gibson returned to the lineup on the night that rookie guard Kyrie Irving was held out and delivered a killer three pointer to key the Cavs victory over the Clippers on Wednesday night.
Gibson’s long bomb snapped an 87-87 tie with 1:20 left. In the final minute, Anderson Varejao hit a late jump shot to give the Cavaliers five-point lead and the Wine and Gold went on to post an impressive win, 99-92.
Gibson was needed as Irving was held out of the game due to concussion like symptoms. It’s believed he was kneed in the head late on Tuesday night in Miami. He complained of a headache and, in pregame drills after doctor Cianflocco checked him out, Irving was ruled out of the game.
Enter Ramon Sessions. The veteran guard was terrific, filling in for Irving. Sessions scored 24 and dished out 13 assists. Veteran Antawn Jamison poured in 27, finding the fountain of youth. Varejao stuffed the stat sheet once again. The bouncing Brazilian scored 15 while hauling down 11 boards. He missed time getting looked at in the lockeroom after taking a hard fall.
The Cavs rest up for one day and then host the Milwaukee Bucks Friday night as the long home stand continues.