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Cavs dominate Pacers, 90-76; fighting Knicks & Hawks for 8th spot in Eastern Conference playoffs

Dion Waiters gives the Cavs another scoring option (2012 photo by Erik Drost via wikipedia commons)

There was a time when everybody said the Cleveland Cavaliers could not win without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving.

That statement has been proven wrong as peaking Cavs have won four of the past five games without Irving.

In the meantime, other players are stepping up. Dion Waiters, Luol Deng, Jarrett Jack, Tristan Thompson and Spencer Hawes have chipped in to lead the young team.

On Sunday afternoon, Cleveland dominated the East’s best team, the Indiana Pacers, 90-76.

Walters scored 19 points, Deng knocked down 15 and Thompson controlled the boards with 16 rebounds to help in chasing down the Atlanta Hawks for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Cavs, who are 14-12 since February 5, might be getting Irving back into action this week as they play at Orlando on Wednesday, at  Atlanta on Friday and host Charlotte on Saturday. The Hawks are injured and sputtering having lost six in a row.

Cleveland ended a nine-game losing streak to the Pacers.

Cavaliers lose third straight game 99-93 to Toronto

(courtesy NBA)

There was a time when the Cleveland Cavaliers used to beat up on the Toronto Raptors.

Of course, that was during the LeBron James era.

But nowadays, the Raptors are an elite team in the NBA and the Cavaliers are rebuilding to get back to that status.

For the second time in a week, Toronto beat the Cavs. Tuesday night’s score was 99-93. The Cavs third straight loss after winning six in a row.

Leading the way for the Raptors was DeMar DeRozan with 33 points, six assists and four rebounds. Terrence Ross scored 19 points.

The Cavs were led by Kyrie Irving and the recently-acquired Spencer Hawes. Irving finished with 25 points and nine assists. Hawes, making his first start since joining the Cavs in a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers five days ago, collected 15 points and 7 rebounds.

Cavaliers honor Zydrunas Ilgauskas; sluggishly beat the Kings, 97-90

from staff and wire reports

The Cleveland Cavaliers honored their longtime center Zydrunas Ilgauskas before the game and the fans saluted him all day during the game with signs and cheers everytime he went in and out of the game, everytime he touched, shot, scored and rebounded the ball.

The team still had to play the Sacramento Kings.  The Kings at 24-50 are on the lower tier of the NBA pecking order and are battered, bruised and just playing out the string.  Sacramento has five of their 14 players on the injured list. The missing included Tyreke Evans, Spencer Hawes and then they lost Dominic McGuire in the first quarter of Sunday’s game.

Cavaliers coach Mike Brown (creative commons/wfe photo)

Kings head coach Paul Westphal ended up using  just seven players total and believe it or not, Cleveland with the NBA’s best record at 58-16 were leading one of the worst teams by one-point with 8 minutes to go in regulation.

The Cavaliers played very sluggish on Sunday,  their bench, which is long, talented and good, were outscored 36-12 and they were outrebounded, 42-38.

LeBron James scored 34 points but he said his game wasn’t the greatest and even called his performance, “low-energy.”

But the Cavaliers won the game by employing what makes them successful, a tough fourth-quarter defense, which generally works fantastic against teams like the Kings. After allowing them to shoot 50 percent shooting the first 3 quarters, Cleveland clamped down on the exhausted and short-handed Kings who only made four of 19 shots in the key part of the game, the fourth quarter. Cleveland has now won 28 in a row against teams with sub.500 and below records.

The Sacramento Kings surprisingly played well against the Cavaliers all game long.  Beno Udrih had his first career triple-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists and sat for only 29 seconds the entire game. Center Jason Thompson played the entire game scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Andres Nicioni off the bench had 21 points.