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First-year Cavalier C.J. Miles put up his biggest game in Cleveland on Wednesday night.
C.J. Miles has had an up-and-down season in his first year as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers so far, but on Wednesday night, he starred in the team's 100-94 upset of the Los Angeles Lakers. Miles scored 28 points after earning a starting nod, which head coach Byron Scott attributed to improved work in practice.
"It has been a tough year for him," Scott said. "But he stuck with it. He's worked his butt off in practice. The last three or four games, [we're] starting to see exactly what we got this summer."
After struggling mightily to start the season, Miles recently went a stretch of six games without seeing the floor as Scott excised him from the rotation due to poor play. According to Miles, it was not a coincidence that last night's performance came in Kyrie Irving's return to the court. Miles told reporters after the game that Irving helped him get "a lot, a lot of good looks."
Miles' 28 points came on just 18 shots, with five of his makes coming from downtown. He also chipped in with five rebounds, a steal and a block.