In taking down the Oklahoma City Thunder lat night, the Cleveland Cavaliers without question deserved praise for their efforts. While historical comparisons to the Revolutionary War are over just a shade over the top, this win does have significance. For starters, it broke a two-game losing streak and it came on the second part of a back-to-back on the road. And it just happened to be against team with the NBA’s second best winning percentage that features the current odds on favorite for MVP (Kevin Durant). And the Thunder also just happen to have two others players (Serge Ibaka and Russell Westbrook) that are elite for their position.
And with the Cavaliers heading into a daunting month of March, this game is huge as the Cavaliers continue to pursue a playoff spot. This was a game, despite what they would tell you in the press, was a game they couldn’t have expected to win. Nine out of ten times, the Thunder would take down the Cavaliers with ease. But the Cavaliers, with a huge fourth quarter from Kyrie Irving and solid production from just about everyone else, pulled of what may go down as their best victory this season.
If you missed the game, you can catch the highlights below.
Also of note: In case you didn’t know Irving has an amazing crossover. Using it on the likes of Brandon Knight and Jodie Meeks is one thing. But with crossover on Thabo Sefolosha is ultra impressive considering that Sefolosha is an incredible on-ball defender. It wasn’t overly flashily, but this is one of my favorite Irving crossovers to date.