Cleveland Cavaliers (12-2) 128
Dallas Mavericks (2-13) 90
The Cavs won by 38 and it wasn’t as close as the score would indicate. Coming off a dominant win with huge performances from the Big 3 of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love on Wednesday night, the Cavaliers came out with an even better effort on Friday, beating the Dallas Mavericks 128-90.
Kyrie Irving exploded for 19 points on seven of seven shooting in the first quarter to set the tone for the Cavaliers. He didn’t miss a shot until the third quarter on his way to 25 points. Kevin Love followed his 34-point first quarter on Wednesday by going seven for nine from three for the game, totaling 27 points in all. LeBron James continued his focus on facilitating, dishing out six assists in the first quarter and eleven overall. Tristan Thompson had a double-double with eleven points and twelve rebounds.
In a game where the Cavs came out piping hot, the only starter not to reach double figures was J.R. Smith. He was one for ten from three (one for eleven overall) and ended up with only three points for the game. It was shocking to see the Cavaliers have such an offensive explosion on a night where J.R. struggled and the team was without Channing Frye.
Frye was absent this game due to the death of his father on Thursday. Frye’s mother passed away only a month earlier. He has been excused from the team to tend to family matters.
The Cavaliers improve to 12-2. The Mavericks fall to 2-13 on their way through a disappointing and injury-plagued season. Let’s look behind the box score:
15 – The number of three pointers Kevin Love has made the last two games. Out of 21 attempts. Love has always been a good-not-great three point shooter, so this stretch has been encouraging. Even a slight uptick from the 36-37 percent range to the 38-39 percent range would be a big swing. Of course, it’s not just on field-goals he’s been connecting, it’s also touchdown passes.
11/11/2016 – The last time Kyrie Irving shot below 50 percent from the field. His TS% was at .564 before the game and he and Kevin Love have been incredible scoring the ball as of late.
56.5 – The pre-season over/under on number of Cavaliers wins according to Vegas. Hope you took the over.
1,000 – Number of games LeBron James has played in his career. That’s a lot. It’s been fun to watch him become more of a full-time point guard as Kyrie and Love take on larger scoring roles. So many of us predicted LeBron would have to bulk up and go in the post as his career went on, but he seems to be carving out a different role that has been wildly successful.
23 – Years of age for Alex Len before he died tonight at the hands of Zach Lavine (ok he didn’t actually die, but he has to live with this gif forever.)
0 – The number of minutes Bradley Beal will likely be playing in the Wizards’ next game after pulling a Sprewell on Evan Fournier.
The Cavaliers next game is against the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday before traveling to Milwaukee to face the Bucks on Tuesday. The upcoming matchup with the red-hot Los Angeles Clippers on December first is shaping up to be a can’t-miss game.