The Cleveland Cavaliers still haven't won a game in 48 minutes since November 27, 2010. All that matters tonight, however, is getting a win any way hey could. The Cavs did just that, willing their way to a 126-119 overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers at Quicken Loans Arena. It seemed like old days down at The Q, with Mo Williams hitting big shots and the Cavs doing what it took when it mattered to get the W.
Antawn Jamison scored 35 points while grabbing 9 rebounds while Mo Williams returned to spark the Cavaliers with 17 points and 14 assists - including the game-tying shot with 6.8 seconds to go in regulation, after the Cavs had squandered a 106-100 lead in the last 3 minutes. J.J. Hickson may have played his best game is a pro scoring 27 points and grabbing 14 rebounds while defending Blake Griffin most of the night. The highlight of the game came in the 4th quarter when Hickson rejected Griffin on a dunk attempt. Hickson had 4 blocks on the night.
Daniel Gibson hit a huge 3 in overtime on his way to 18 points and Ramon Sessions added 12 points.
The Clippers were a tough out, especially down the stretch, coming back repeatedly to make the Cavaliers earn their first win since December 19, 2010 - an overtime win over the New York Knicks. Blake Griffin scored 32 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in his first visit to Cleveland. Griffin needed 26 shots to get his 32 points, however. Randy Foye scored 23 points and Baron Davis scored 26 points before being ejected with his 2nd technical foul in the OT.
It was a crisp shooting night for the Cavaliers, shooting 50.0% from the field, 40% from 3-point land. The Cavaliers grabbed 43 rebounds and had 34 assists on 46 made baskets.
The win by the Cavaliers makes Sunday's meeting with the Washington Wizards a lot less interesting. Washington will come to Cleveland winless on the road at 0-25.
Mo Williams is back and so are the Cavaliers, at least for three quarters. Behind Williams’ 10 assists in 15 minutes the Cleveland Cavaliers lead the Los Angeles Clippers 83-81 after 3 quarters down at The Q. Williams has also scored 11 points for the Cavs who have desperately missed his production.
Antawn Jamison has 23 points for the Cavs, who are looking to break their 26-game losing streak.
The Clippers are lead by Blake Griffin’s 26 points and 10 rebounds. Randy Foye has 20 for L.A. while Baron Davis has 16. Cleveland has 26 assists on 35 made shots compared to the Clippers’ 15 assists.
The Cavaliers’ chances at ending their 26-game losing streak got a huge boost when the team announced surprisingly that Mo Williams will return from his hip injury and get some run against the Clippers tonight at The Q.
According to Martin Rickman of Fear The Sword, this is good news for the Cavs:
The Cavs have been dangerously thin since Williams went down, and they need the low-post help from Powe and the shooting and dribble-drives from Mo. This takes some of the pressure off of Ramon Sessions, who has been playing out of his mind lately, but has also had to log a ton of minutes.
The rotation will shore up a bit, as Sessions, Mo and Daniel Gibson will primarily rotate at the guard positions. Unless Byron Scott has suddenly had a change of heart, that will cut into Manny Harris’s minutes, and I guess we’ll keep seeing Jamario Moon and Anthony Parker at SF.
Rickman also points out that the return of Williams, along with F/C Leon Powe, comes at a good time in terms of using either in a possible trade with the deadline looming less than two weeks away.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to avoid the kind of history no team wants to be a part of when they face the Los Angeles Clippers tonight at Quicken Loans Arena. Already owners of the NBA's longest losing streak ever, the Cavs would break the record of 26-games held by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL if they lost their 27th consecutive game tonight.
Cleveland's most recent hiccup came on Wednesday to Central Division rival Detroit at The Q. Antawn Jamison recorded 22 points while Ramon Sessions dished out and 12 assists in the 103-94 setback, the team's 36th in 37 games. In addition to running their record losing streak to 26, the Cavs also lost for the 11th straight time at home. Sessions had 20 points, while J.J. Hickson posted 18 and 15 rebounds.
Despite being within striking distance in the second half, Scott thought his team showed no sense of urgency in yet another loss.
"Last week we got better each game and tonight I thought we took a step back and it was all because of lack of effort," said Scott.
Cleveland had already set the NBA mark for futility at 25 -- breaking its own record that spanned the 1981-82 and '82-83 seasons -- by falling at Dallas on Monday. The club then matched the 1976-77 Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL for the longest slide in North American pro sports history with its recent loss.
If there is any good news Cleveland started an eight-game homestand against Detroit and if the Cavaliers don't snap their losing streak Friday against the Clippers, something will have to give Sunday when the Wizards carry their 0-25 road record into Quicken Loans Arena.
The Clippers, meanwhile, are coming off a rare road win and improved to 1-4 on a season-long 11-game trek Wednesday in New York when Baron Davis scored 16 points and dished out a season-high 16 assists, as Los Angeles used a balanced attack to take down the Knicks, 116-108, at Madison Square Garden.
Randy Foye, playing more minutes in the absence of the injured Eric Gordon, added 24 points for the Clippers, who snapped a four-game overall skid and improved to 4-18 as the visitor on the season. Blake Griffin tallied 21 points and six rebounds.
Ryan Gomes and DeAndre Jordan chipped in 18 and 17 points, respectively, for Los Angeles. Jordan also pulled down eight rebounds.
"It was huge for us," Griffin said. "Foye absolutely took over the last four minutes."