The Cleveland Cavaliers easily handled the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday afternoon winning by a score of 114 to 90. It is the Cavs second win Staples Center in the past three days, they beat the Lakers on Friday, and the team's third win in a row.
The Cavaliers started the game off sluggishly, perhaps a side effect of a prolonged stay in LA, falling behind by ten points in the first quarter. Despite shooting poorly the Cavs were getting good looks and it was only a matter of time before the score reflected that. Once Coach Lue brought in Iman Shumpert and Tristan Thompson the Clippers struggled to score the ball and at the same time Channing Frye hit the first three pointer of the game for the Cavs. After Frye broke the seal the team did not look back. The first quarter ended with LeBron and the Cavs ahead 21 to 19.
The second quarter saw the Cavaliers break away from the Clippers due to strong 3 point shooting and lockdown defense. Frye made his presence felt in the second quarter, making threes and providing spacing for the offense. Ty Lue and his team took a 58 to 41 lead into the locker room at the half. The third quarter was much of the same except instead of Frye doing the damage from deep the third quarter belonged to JR Smiths. The shooting guard hit a barrage of threes, helping the Cavaliers amass 91 points in the first three quarters alone. The fourth quarter was mainly garbage time but Kyrie took the beginning part of the period to put on a little show for his teammates. The former Duke point guard unleashed a flurry of dribble moves and hit a number of shots, all of which were greeted with elation from LeBron and the rest of the Cavs on the bench.
This was a good win for the Cavaliers over a quality opponent. The team moved the ball well, played good team defense and genuinely seemed to enjoy playing with one another. Coach Lue has worked Frye into the lineup more as of late and it is a welcome change. Frye provides another offensive threat and takes away minutes from Timofey Mozgov, who continues to struggle. Lue has also made an adjustment to the rotation, pairing Kyrie with the bench unit more often, which has had positive on court results. This west coast road seems to have helped the Cavs and it closes out on Monday at Utah.