Mar 12, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (17) holds the ball as the Phoenix Suns forward Shavlik Randolph (43) defends in the first half at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Instant Reaction: Cleveland Cavaliers 110 , Phoenix Suns 101

 

Final Outcome

After a few days off, the Cleveland Cavaliers traveled West to the Arizona desert to take on the Phoenix Suns – a team that beat the Cavaliers on their home floor just a few weeks back. And with the Cavaliers reeling from an ugly loss against the New York Knicks, it looked like Cleveland’s playoff hopes would start to fade in the heat. But after starting strong and repelling a second-half push from the Suns, the Cavaliers won by a final score of 110-101. 

Key Play to the Game

As the third quarter came to close, Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters ran off eight straight points. The last three came on a 27-foot three-pointer as the quarter came to a close. Waiters’ solo run help Cleveland repel a third-quarter push from the Suns and this put the Cavaliers in a position to win. And although Waiters only finished with 10 points on 4-11 shooting, this run was key. His team needed him and as the Cavaliers only consistent bench scorer, this run was essential to victory. 

Wine & Gold MVPs

The Cavaliers’ three-headed beast of Kyrie Irving, Spencer Hawes and Luol Deng was solid tonight. The trio combined to score 6o of the Cavaliers 110 points and all came up when the Cavaliers needed them to. Irving, in particular, was solid for every minute he played on the floor. He distributed well, scored in transition and had one of his best defensive games of the season. So, while all three deserve recognition, Irving in particular deserves praise.

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Up Next

The Cavaliers will continue their short West Coast swing on Friday, when they take on the Golden State Warriors. When these two teams met back in January, the game went into overtime with the  Warriors ultimately taking home a 108-104 behind 29 points from Stephen Curry. This figures to be a tough test for the Cavaliers, as Golden State is playing some of its’ best basketball of the season as it pushes towards the West’s third seed. Tipoff is at 10:30 p.m. ET from the Oracle Arena.

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