Before the game, everyone scurried around Quicken Loans Arena trying to figure out whether Cavaliers forward/center Anderson Varejao was going to play.
The 6-10, 240-pounder had bruised his knee and strained his Achilles tendon on Wednesday in Atlanta. With three off days after the Charlotte game, maybe it made more sense not to play on Friday.
But Varejao wanted to play. He tested it out on the practice court before the game to see if he was able. The doctors gave him the OK.
He went out and had perhaps his best game as a pro. He had a season-high 16 points and matched his career high with 18 rebounds. Teammate LeBron James had a career-high 19 rebounds. It was the first time in team history the Cavs have had two players record at least 18 rebounds.
It was a banner night all around, as the Cavs won 113-106 in double overtime.