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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Game 20: Clippers at Cavs

Quicken Loans Arena
Radio/TV: WTAM (1100 AM)/Fox Sports Ohio, NBA TV

WHAT HAPPENED: Many have been waiting for Kyrie Irving to emerge from his funk. If he didn't show up to play against Clippers All-Star Chris Paul, he'd get embarrassed.

Well, Irving was ready for the matchup against the player known generally as the top point guard in the NBA. Irving finished with 20 points, three rebounds and six assists. He did turn the ball over seven times, but who's counting?

He was coming off his worst performance as a pro on Friday with zero points on 0 of 9 shooting from the field. He didn't score for the first time in his NBA career. 

I has a feeling before Saturday's game he was going to show up. He's a competitive player and wants to show the rest of the league he's up to the task of being compared to Paul.

Paul set an NBA record with 13 consecutive points-assists double-doubles to start the season. He's having a fabulous season and is averaging an NBA-high 12 assists and is third in steals at 2.33. He ended with 13 points, seven rebounds and 15 assists. However, he shot just 4 of 16 from the field.

Remember how Tristan Thompson got up for his matchup with Kenneth Faried on Wednesday vs. the Nuggets? He needed to do the same thing against Clippers All-Star Blake Griffin. Griffin finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds, but also shot poorly from the floor - 3 of 12.

Thompson totally outplayed him with 20 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block. He was 7 of 15 from the field.

The Cavs have now won three of their last four games.

The Clippers are now 1-2 on their seven-game road trip. They'll travel approximately 6,103 air miles from Dec. 2-14.

Clippers forward Antawn Jamison, who spent parts of three seasons with the Cavs, is five points shy of 20,000 for his career. He also has more than 8,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists. He will become one of 20 players ever to reach those marks.

In his last four games, Cavs center Andrew Bynum is averaging 18 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. The Cavs have finally mastered how to get him the ball. 

UP NEXT: The Cavs host the New York Knicks at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena

SF Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs. Jared Dudley (6-7, 225)
PF Tristan Thompson (6-9, 236) vs. Blake Griffin (6-10, 251)
C Andrew Bynum (7-0, 294) vs. DeAndre Jordan (6-11, 265)
SG C.J. Miles (6-6, 231) vs. Willie Green (6-4, 190)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 193) vs. Chris Paul (6-0, 195)
Cavs - G/F Carrick Felix, C Henry Sims
Clippers - G Maalik Wayns
Bennett Salvatore, Eric Dalen, Gary Zielinski


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