The Cleveland Cavaliers won their third game in a row 118-107 against the Houston Rockets at Quicken Loans Arena Sunday night.
This is the first time that the Cavs have won three games in a row since Nov. 9, 2010. The three wins, however, come against formidable opponents. I’ll break down the three wins and key players and statistics and records of the Cavaliers opponents.
The Cavaliers beat the Denver Nuggets last Wednesday night 100-99 in a game where Cleveland’s own Kyrie Irving delivered late game heroics. The Nuggets currently have a record of 23-19 and hold the sixth spot in the Western Conference. Denver is first in the league in points per game (103.8), fourth in the league in rebounds per game (43.6) and second in the league in assists per game (23.4). Antawn Jamison scored 33 points and recorded nine rebounds in the victory that Irving supplied.
Two days later the Cavs traveled to Chesapeake Energy Arena and tried to do something that only one other team had done all season; beat the Oklahoma City Thunder at home. Not only are the Thunder tough to beat at home, they also currently stand at first in the West and hold an impressive record of 32-9. Alonzo Gee started for the first time this season and scored 12 points. Ramon Sessions added 10 points from the bench and Irving had 12 assists.
Then another two days past and the Cavaliers were looking to do something that they haven’t done in over a year; win three games in a row. The Rockets, who are the eighth best team in the West, have a record of 22-20 and were the Cavs third winning team that they had faced in a row. Jamison, who has been playing excellent as of late, scored 28 points in the victory and Irving added 21. 118 were the most points that the Cavs have scored all season. The bench helped a lot in getting to that 118 mark. Daniel Gibson and Samardo Samuels scored 11 points and Sessions scored 15 points.
The Toronto Raptors will be visiting the Q at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night as Cleveland tries to inch closer to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.