Kyrie Irving continues to take over late in games. This time, he scored 16 points in the final 4:14 and the last 15 points for the Cleveland Cavaliers as they beat the Houston Rockets 118-107. The most recent win boosts their streak to three consecutive victories.
Cavs Leaders: Points: Jamison, 28; Rebounds: Irving, 6; Assists: Sessions, 7
It's really quite unbelievable what Kyrie is doing every night. I'm about to talk or tweet about how he's having such an average game for his standards and then he turns it on. He was shooting poorly (and still finished just 5 of 15) but got himself to the free throw line and made some big shots to carry the Cavaliers past the Rockets. Despite a mediocre first three quarters, Irving finished with 21 points, 5 assists, and 6 rebounds. He's basically just really good at basketball.
Fun fact: the last time the Cavs won three games in a row, Kyrie hadn't even played a game at Duke yet. Whoa, it's been a while
Samardo Samuels got some significant playing time due to basically every single big man getting into foul trouble. Samuels played 24 minutes and scored 11 points to go with 5 rebounds in that time. From what I saw last night, I'd say that Samuels is a much better option than Ryan Hollins. It's interesting to note that just a few weeks ago, Semih Erden was the starting center -- and now he can't even crack the rotation.
Ramon Sessions continues to play some fantastic basketball off of the bench. Once again, he scored 15 points and led the team with 7 assists in just 21 minutes. When will he be traded? Hmm?
118 points was a season high for the Cavaliers. Just throwing that fact out there.
The Rockets' Kevin Martin absolutely torched the Cavaliers last season, averaging more than 30 points a game against us. Sunday, however, Martin had just 3 points on 1 of 6 shooting thanks to the defensive work of Anthony Parker. Either that, or Martin isn't very good this year and Kevin McHale only played him 16 minutes.
Luis Scola, on the other hand, completely dominated the Cavs frontline and dropped a cool 30 points to go with his 8 rebounds. Eek.
Fear The Sword's Player Of The Game:
While it was Kyrie in the fourth quarter, Jamison carried this team through the rough stretches for another night. I don't know how much longer he'll be in wine and gold, but he's been freaking awesome lately. On Sunday, he scored 28 points on 8-16 shooting and was a perfect 8 for 8 from the line. Jamison has told the team that he's open to whatever as the trade deadline nears, because he's a total pro. As much as we like to rag on Jamison, he's been a very solid player these past few months and, by all reports, the best teammate and leader in the locker room one could ask for.