The Cavs beat the Knicks. On purpose. With overtime and everything. They won’t go 0-December. *whew*
I gotta give the Cavs credit, I did not expect them to pull this game out. Don’t get me wrong, they played the Knicks tough but while they were tied every now and then, most of the game they trailed consistently by 4-6 points. I figured that the Cavs would hang around but eventually the Knicks would pull away.
But Mo Williams and Anderson Varejao had different ideas.
I can’t say enough about Andy. Varejao had 14 points and 17 boards (7 offensive!) and did a great job on Amare Stoudemire (Amare finished with 23 and 11, but committed dumb fouls, missed the game winning jumper and seemed really frustrated by Andy). (I know Amare is The Man on the Knicks, but they really should’ve had Cav-Killer Raymond Felton take the last shot. Felton finished with 23 points, 11 assists and 7 rebounds).
Mo Williams hit a game tying runner with 3 seconds left in regulation and then dominated (yes, dominated!) overtime with 6 points and 3 assists in the extra period. Mo and Varejao are starting to run the pick and roll pretty well, my only concern is Mo will jump in the air before Andy is open. The passes have worked out, because Varejao is always rolling to the rim (and he pass is so late, Andy is quite open) but I don’t like Mo leaving his feet without really knowing what he’s doing. Mo finished with 23 points, 14 assists and 5 boards.
All in all, great win by the Cavs. Not only did they stop their 10 game losing streak, but they beat a team with a winning record in the process.
The Cavs face the Jazz on Monday and then travel to Atlanta on Wednesday. For some reason, Cleveland isn’t a part of the NBA’s Christmas schedule this year. Weird.