Cavs 97, Pacers 73
Another laugher as the Cavaliers prepare to go into Charlotte Saturday and take on the Bobcats.
Again, defense wins this one with some timely offense to put it away. The Cavaliers won their 11th consecutive at home and 15-of-16.
If this were last year and LeBron James scored just 11 points, any sane person would have said the team's collective hindquarters were cooked. Not tonight. On a night when the team handed out Anderson Varejao wigs, it would be the Wild Thing who provided the offensive spark the team needed in the second quarter. The rest of the team would then join in. Varejao finished with 17 as did Mo Williams and Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
Defensively they held the Pacers to just 40 percent shooting from the floor, forced 16 turnovers that led to 29 points, blocked 10 shots and had seven steals.
Coach Mike Brown on how the team won:
For us it comes down to who we are – a defensive team. Our guys have that understanding. That’s our foundation. You’re not going to stop a guy like Danny Granger…One guy is not going to guard him by himself. It was a great team effort led by LeBron (James), who was on him most of the night.LeBron James on Anderson Varejao
He was hot. I said before the game Andy has been working on getting better. He got hot and once you get hot, you continue to cast them up and he continued to make them. He and Daniel (Gibson) carried us offensively in the first half and it was good to see Andy catch fire like that from the outside.At the half:
There’s nothing specific, but if we’re lacking or lagging in an area, it’s defensive transition. Against Milwaukee it was weak side (defense), but the day after that we really shored it up.From the locker room:
I feel good. I haven’t sat out this much in my whole career. We had the game against Milwaukee where I had to play a lot of minutes and I felt like I was out of shape because I hadn’t played the fourth quarter in four out of those five games. It’s going to be good for the long run. Even when we get to the playoffs and I can play 36 minutes, that’s good too.