Hawks could not match Cavaliers this time. Love was hot and scored season high of 25 points.

Hawks could not match Cavaliers this time. I was expecting a good game but slowly it turned into a one sided game.

Jones played for 5 minutes, hit two 3 pointers. Love recorded his season high of 25 points. LeBron ended up with 19 points. At one point (almost in to 4th quarter, LeBron was at 10 points and scored his next 9 in 4th.

Hawks never recovered after 1st half when Cavs took the lead. Hawks coach was ejected for a not-professional contact with one of the officials. Not sure what prompted him to do that though. 

5 Atlanta players reached double digits. Millsap, Korver and Teague sharing most of the score. They did play well but never a threat in all quarters.

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Cavaliers NPS (Net Player Score). Even though Jones played just 5 minutes he made it count and really outstanding with his 3 pointers. 

Love is everywhere. Apart from his season high of 25, he did collect 4 personal fouls.

Dellavedova scored 12 points, with 3 Assits and 5 personal fouls. Without the personal fouls he was very effective in his 28 minutes of play. Tristan scoring from Delly's assist is now a Signature Scoring Moment for both of the players. Hope they keep it going deep into the season.
  

J. Jones

140.00

Outstanding

K. Love

105.88

Outstanding

L. James

105.00

Outstanding

T. Thompson

67.00

Good

J. Smith

47.77

A. Varejao

47.12

M. Dellavedova

46.26

R. Jefferson

41.99

J. Cunningham

35.32


Cavaliers are now self-corrected and came together as a team. After the game, Blatt highlighted tha

Cavaliers are now self-corrected and came together as a team. After the game, Blatt very clearly highlighted the fact that “We were aggressive and we were physical". It's true!

Mo and Shumpert did not play in this game. Mozgov played only for about 11 minutes. Dellavedova ended up with 13 Assists. Varejao also played around 11 minutes scoring 9 points.

As far as the NPS is concerned, James and Love are on the top of list with rest playing their roles effectively.  There were some miscommunications and too many fast passes resulted in 3 second rule violation for Cavaliers. Bucks played very well too. They were in a position to take the lead but could not score in few drives.

J R Smith scored 18 points. He has to play for himself and in my opinion for Mo as well. His 3 pointers are back.

I think the result of this games sums up what James after the game.  “This is how we need to play”

Check out the NPS (Net Player Scores) and it reflects what exactly James said.

L. James

100.05

Outstanding

K. Love

93.07

Outstanding

A. Varejao

89.96

Excellent

J. Jones

89.82

Excellent

T. Thompson

74.12

Very Good

J. Cunningham

57.86

Fair

J. Smith

45.67

M. Dellavedova

38.96

R. Jefferson

6.13

 

Cavaliers are now 9-3, still leading in both Eastern Conference and Central Division. Next game is on Saturday against Atlanta Hawks at Quicken Loans Arena (Home Game for Cavaliers).

This is the first game between Cavaliers and Hawks. Last year (2014-2015 season) Cavaliers beat Hawks to move to Eastern Conference Finals.

There was lot talk about Dellavedova’s play during that series with media and analysts jumping on Dellavedova. Eventually this lead to “Protect our Delly” campaign.  

 

First of next 3 road games, Cavaliers played an outstanding game and maintained their winning streak

First of next 3 road games, Cavaliers played an outstanding game and maintained their winning streak.

Cavs are now 8-1 and leading East Conference. Tie breaker from Mo with 42 seconds left in the 4th quarter shows his commitment and willing to step up when it matters the most. This shifted the momentum towards Cavaliers.

Mo finished with 20 points, scoring all 6 points for Cavs in the 4th quarter to close out the game.

In contrast to Mo’s performance, Anthony scored 26 points overall, with 22 in 1st quarter and rest of the 4 points in the next 3 quarters. Knicks cannot simply sustain this kind of scoring from their big players. Arron’s 14 points did not help either.

Love had low point game but fared well in Rebounds section with Total of 11 (Offensive and Defensive)

Cleveland Cavaliers - Net Player Score

L. James

91.41

Outstanding

T. Mozgov

63.83

Good

T. Thompson

63.36

Good

M. Williams

62.43

Good

A. Varejao

58.82

Fair

J. Smith

44.83

M. Dellavedova

39.81

 

New York Knicks – Net Player Score

D. Williams

91.84

Outstanding

C. Anthony

86.59

Excellent

A. Afflalo

60.44

Good

K. Porzingis

60.39

Good

J. Grant

60.00

Good

J. Calderon

44.91

L. Galloway

34.52

L. Amundson

30.38

R. Lopez

28.32