After receiving a beat down in Miami on Saturday, the Cavaliers needed a strong performance tonight to get back on track.
Well, they got it. Despite Kevin Love missing the game due to illness, the Cavaliers dominated nearly the entire game. LeBron was simply sublime: 33 points on 75 percent true shooting, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, +38. The team backed him up with excellent three point shooting. Even though Kyrie struggled all game, the Cavaliers were in complete control any time that LeBron was on the floor.
Channing Frye got the start with Love out, and performed very well. He knocked down three triples in 25 minutes of play, finishing with a total of 14 points. J.R. Smith and Matthew Dellavedova likewise hit three treys, and the Cavaliers finish the night 15 of 31 from beyond the arc. Smith packed the box score tonight, finishing with five assists, four rebounds and four steals to go along with his 15 points.
The Cavaliers as a whole moved the ball really well tonight, finishing with a season high 38 assists on 48 made baskets. Eight different Cavs notched multiple assists.
Prior to this game, the Nuggets worst loss of the season was by 24 points. This 33 point margin of victory was the second highest for Cleveland this season. Bravo.