Rookie Dion Waiters got into foul trouble early in the first quarter and was yanked by Byron Scott two minutes into the game. Tyler Zeller paced the Cavs in the first quarter with eight points.
After shooting 35 percent Tuesday against the Phoenix Suns, the Cavs’ offense showed up shooting over 45 percent from the field.
When Waiters returned he led the Cavaliers’ offensive attack finishing with 21 points and seven assists. Tristan Thompson tied his career high in rebounding with 15.
Daniel Gibson returned to the lineup after missing some time. His shooting wasn’t too impressive, but he did contribute nine points. Omri Casspi has been taking advantage of every minute of playing time he has been getting over C.J. Miles. Tonight he had right points, including 2-3 from three-point range.
Anderson Varejao continued his All-Star season by scoring 20 points with 18 rebounds.
The game came down to the very end and the Cavs Alonzo Gee played hero when he got an offensive rebound off Waiters missed shot and put it back in with less than a second left.
Late possessions in the game, Waiters led the offense. He distributed when he needed to and took it to the hoop when it was appropriate. This was a big game in the development of Waiters.
Phenomenal free throw shooting led the Cavs to the victory tonight. They shot over 95 percent form the charity strike, including two big ones from Varejao. Gee’s game-winning bucket gave the Cavs the 113-111 victory over the home team, Atlanta Hawks.
The Cavs return home Saturday night and host the Portland Trail Blazers. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.