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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Talk about quality wins

Cavs blog by Bob Finnan

Talk about quality wins. The Cavs' 104-98 victory over Portland at the Rose Garden on Wednesday was impressive.

The Cavs were bullied on the boards by the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday. That was anything but the case on Wednesday. Not only did the Cavs win the battle of the boards, 39-35, they kept 7-foot Greg Oden and 6-11 LaMarcus Aldridge in check.

Guard/forward Wally Szczerbiak came up big for the Cavs with a season-high 10 rebounds. Even shooting guard Sasha Pavlovic managed to grab 4 rebounds after being shut out against the Lakers.

LeBron James and Mo Williams combined for 67 points. Williams had a season-high 33, as he made a career-high 6 3-point goals in nine attempts. In all, the Cavs were 11 of 19 from behind the arc.

The Cavs shot 53 percent from the field and 58 percent from behind the arc.

The Cavs don't own a two-game losing streak all year. After every one of their 8 losses, they've responded with a win in the next game. That's an amazing stat.

When the Cavs led, 74-69, after three quarters, that was a good omen. They are now 28-1 when leading after three quarters this season, 11-1 on the road. They are now 12-2 against the Western Conference this season.


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