Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers claimed a 113-89 victory over the Charlotte Hornets Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs improved to 2-11 going into Wednesday’s game at Washington.

1. Tristan Thompson said he did it for his hair.

2. Playing only three quarters, Thompson tied his career-high with 21 rebounds and recorded his fourth consecutive double-double as the Cavs avenged their worst loss of the season, a 32-point setback at Charlotte on Nov. 3.

3. Since then, the Cavs had dropped three games by a total of 12 points, two of those by a combined three points. They believed they were close to a breakthrough.

4. “After that loss, guys kind of looked in the mirror and said, ‘Man, it’s a long season.’ You can go bald coming out with them kind of performances,” Thompson said of the drubbing at Spectrum Center. “If you had performances like that every day in Charlotte for a full season, a lot of us won’t have hair any more. I’m doing it to save my hair and keep me from being grumpy at home.

5. “So I’m going to play hard every night and I think our veterans are going to do the same thing. It showed in Orlando, we competed. Obviously we had a couple mistakes, but you learn from them. OKC played hard, Chicago same thing, had a chance to win the ballgame, and tonight we got it done.”

6. After Charlotte’s Marvin Williams made a 3-pointer with 9:29 left in the first quarter, the Hornets missed 20 consecutive treys. They shot 8 for 41 beyond the arc. Malik Monk went 0 for 8 from long range, two-time All-Star Kemba Walker 1 for 7, Williams 2 for 7.

7. “It was just a complete lack of focus on our part,” Williams said. “We shot it so poorly,” Hornets coach James Borrego said after his team hit a season-low .347 from the field. “Got to get our legs under us for the next game.”

8. So the Cavs certainly had help in their most impressive victory of the season. But considering where they were that night in Charlotte, they needed it nonetheless.

9. Larry Nance Jr. said he felt a night like this was coming.

10. “Yeah, of course. We knew that. We knew the sun’s got to shine some time,” Nance said. “We’ve certainly had some cloudy days this season, but we’re figuring it out. The past couple games have felt better. Felt like we’re playing better, sharing it and playing more as a team. Tonight was kind of the culmination of all of that. Hopefully, we can keep on rolling with it.”

11. Nance said the Cavs showed their resilience with the victory. Five players were sidelined with injuries, four of them have been starters.

12. “We absolutely could have folded and veterans could’ve said, ‘My back hurts, I’m done,'" Nance said. “The fact that we’re still rolling -- Swish played 40-something minutes after being told early on he wouldn’t see the court at all. Obviously, the way Tristan’s playing, and guys are just stepping up all over the court. I think we’ve shown a level of resiliency and I’m really proud of us for that.”

13. The Cavs also could have folded in the fourth quarter. The Hornets opened the period with a 7-0 run to cut the Cavs’ lead to 88-76 with 9:37 remaining, forcing a Cavs timeout. But Jordan Clarkson scored seven consecutive points and David Nwaba added a running layup to push the lead to 21.

14. “We weathered the storm. And this was the first time that we’ve experienced this type of a storm, where we have gotten a lead and we were able to respond out of the timeouts,” Drew said. “That’s something that we’re just going to have to learn how to do. I just thought every guy really responded well when they did make a run. David Nwaba was unbelievable. He was absolutely unbelievable. And he sustained a full game. It’s kind of tough with David because I do play him out of position, but he’s been able to adapt.”

15. Nwaba, a 6-foot-4 guard, played the 4 position and responded with a season-high 18 points, three shy of tying his career-high. Nwaba added five rebounds, two assists and a steal in 27 minutes.

16. “I’m not used to playing the 4 position, but I don’t think I have a problem,” Nwaba said. “I go over the plays every day before practice as well. I think it’s being confident and just playing basketball.”

17. Nwaba said he likes the challenge of playing bigger guys.

18. “Yeah, I think I’m a little bit quicker, maybe a little bit stronger,” he said. “I think I just bring the quickness and just able to hold my own.”

19. Mentioning Clarkson, Collin Sexton, J.R. Smith and Rodney Hood, Thompson saved his highest praise for Nwaba, an ex-Bull who signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract on Sept. 8.

20. “Dave being a pro tonight, staying ready, his number was called in Chicago, missed a couple shots he felt he should have made. On his day off he got extra shots up,” Thompson said. “That’s what it takes to be a pro so when your number’s called again you can have a big night like tonight. He was huge for us.”

21. The Cavs were saying the same thing about Thompson, who totaled 11 points and five assists to go with his 21 rebounds. A Cav hadn’t pulled down 20 or more rebounds in three quarters since Anderson Varejao did it on Oct. 30, 2012 vs. Washington.

22. “Man, he’s just been a workhorse, man,” Drew said of Thompson. “Every day the work he’s been putting in and what he’s been doing during the games, really being that anchor for us, he’s rebounding the ball all over the place.”

23. Nance said of Thompson, “Knowing that he’s back there as an anchor allows you to be a little bit more aggressive in strips and maybe gambling a little bit on defense. He was huge for us tonight.”

24. According to Spencer Davies of Basketball Insiders, the only other Cav to go over 10 points, 20 rebounds and five assists in a game was Brad Daugherty, whose No. 43 was retired in 1997.

25. “That’s huge. Brad Daugherty, a multiple-time All-Star, his name in the rafters, so for me to be in a class like that is definitely an honor,” Thompson said. “He’s a helluva player. But more importantly I’m glad we got the win tonight.”

26. Thompson attributed part of his rebounding success to the Hornets’ poor shooting.

27. “Just getting multiple stops and just got a good knack for the ball. Tonight was one of those nights where Charlotte shot about 40 3s and they weren’t making ‘em, so that’s a lot of opportunities to get rebounds,” Thompson said. “The ball was just coming my way and I was being aggressive going to get it and just get it to our guards and push it upcourt.”

28. Thompson said if he’d known he had tied his career-best, he would have said something on the bench after Drew lifted him.

29. “Aw, I didn’t even think about it like that. Dang, I should have said something. But it’s all good. The guys that were in there were playing very well,” Thompson said.

30. But Thompson acknowledged later that he passed up No. 22, giving up a rebound to Smith when they were both in position to grab it.

31. If only the video on my iPhone had been rolling when director of basketball communications BJ Evans pointed out that Thompson and Smith were wearing the same green and black Nike warmups for the flight to Washington. Smith’s reaction was priceless, although he said he would have been much more upset had it been someone other than Thompson.

32. When a member of the media said, “It’s over if J.R. has a stocking cap” since Thompson was already wearing one, Thompson shrugged it off.

33. “It’s cold outside. This ain’t Orlando,” Thompson said.

34. The Cavs improved to 1-0 in their new City Edition Nike uniforms, an orange and blue design panned by many fans on social media. They will wear them for five more home games.

35. “They was good. I liked them,” said guard Jordan Clarkson, whom Smith recently deemed “swaggy all day.”

36. “The court kind of made the jerseys, they complemented each other well,” Clarkson said. “It’s cool to have those kinds of jerseys. I liked the old school necks and stuff like that. I think people did a good job with the jerseys. Next time add me and I will do it right for them.”

37. The Cavs don’t play at home again until Nov. 21, when LeBron James returns with the Lakers for an 8 p.m. game that will likely mark the only appearance of the league’s national media contingent in Cleveland. Check back then.

Marla Ridenour can be reached at mridenour@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Cavs blog at www.ohio.com/cavs. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MRidenourABJ.