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Instant Reaction: Houston Rockets 106, Cleveland Cavaliers 92

Final Outcome

 They found themselves down early, made run at the end of the first half that carried into the second half, but the Cleveland Cavaliers ultimately found themselves on the end of yet another drubbing. This one, a 106-92 loss to the Houston Rockets, was more bearable than others, but still hard to watch. Only three Cavaliers (Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Luol Deng) scored in double figures and on defense, the Rockets did just about whatever they wanted to.

Key Play to the Game

 There isn’t video yet of the Omri Casspi alley-lop fail (or of the amazing Austin Carr and Fred McLeod commentary that came with it), so this will have to do.

But in all seriousness, James Harden hit a 25-foot three-pointer with 8:22 left in the third quarter that gave the Rockets a 66-63 that they never relinquished. From that point on, the Rockets simply dominated the Cavaliers in all facets on their way to victory.

Wine & Gold Co-MVPs

Tonight’s Wine & Gold MVP goes to three people: Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Luol Deng. The trio combined for 64 of the Cavaliers 92 points and were the only three players to score in double figures. They were often times the only playing aggressively on the floor and attacking the rim as well. They all had some bad moments – Waiters getting blocked and having the ball go off his back from one – but these three at least showed up tonight. But because of the 14-point loss, it feels like the Cavaliers wasted of one of the first nights where the Cavaliers got scoring from their top-three wing scorers.

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Up Next

On Monday, the Cavaliers will take part in the second half of their Texas two-step as they travel to Dallas to take on the Mavericks. These two teams played two weeks ago in a game Dallas ultimately won, but the Cavaliers fought back hard and almost pulled off a highly improbably comeback. Still, this should be a tough matchup for the Cavaliers, and considering they haven’t played well of late outside of the beating the even more hopeless Milwaukee Bucks, it may very will be another road drubbing. Tipoff is at 8:30 p.m. ET at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers Dion Waiters Kyrie Irving Luol Deng

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