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Fans give Cleveland Cavaliers a huge sendoff

By Marla Published: April 13, 2011

Not many 19-win teams get a standing ovation when the season ends, but that's what happened Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

Part of that may have been for radio announcer Joe Tait, who was calling his final game. During the final minute, "My Way'' played over the stadium speakers as the Cavs dribbled out the clock. It was a touching tribute for a man who felt uncomfortable with all the hoopla over his retirement.

The game was officially a sellout and the arena was packed to the rafters. I kept wondering if that was the last time we'll see a crowd like that in the Q. Even with two lottery picks in the June draft, the Cavs need to select players the loyal followers have heard of to draw respectable crowds next season.

"Our fans all season long have been unbelievable and they were again tonight,'' Coach Byron Scott said. "So it was great we were able to win this game, not only for us, but for our fans as well.''

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