Cavs defeat Thunder despite injury and Westbrook’s triple-double.

The Cleveland Cavaliers took down the Oklahoma City Thunder Sunday night in the Q with a final score of 107-91. Although getting a slow start, the ball movement looked much improved. The team seemed to be making much smarter shots with beautifully intricate passes and quick looks that continued throughout the game. The famous and effective Tristan Thompson pick and roll returned with Kyrie Irving taking former Cavalier Matthew Dellavedova’s role in the play. Cleveland’s lead was lost in the second quarter when they attempted to go for a shooting approach but after Kevin Love left the game with lower back spasms, Head Coach Ty Lue regrouped and went back to attacking the basket and getting more points in the paint. A worrying realization was the ongoing struggle the Cavs are having at making free throws, but fundamental soundness rang throughout the rest of the game.

Thunder’s Russell Westbrook managed to sneak in a triple-double in the last two minutes of play with 20 points, 12 rebounds, and ten assists. Before the game Coach Lue strategized for a two man effort when it came to defending Westbrook and all things considered, the fact that he didn’t land a triple-double until the last minute is a testament to the effectiveness of Lue.

Leading the Cavs in scoring were Lebron James who flirted with a triple-double of his own, with 25 points, 14 rebounds, and eight assists- just two assists shy. Kyrie Irving lead scoring with 29 points and ten assists, and Tristan Thompson had a double-double of his own with a season high 19 points and 12 rebounds. Cleveland also looked better on the turnover front, only letting up ten to OKC’s 16. 

The Cavs have had a struggle the past several games with Lebron even publicly stating the need for recruitment to take the load off, so this win was crucial for morale. Only time will tell if the Cavaliers make moves to acquire a backup point guard or a big man, so in the meantime it seems that Lebron will continue his high number of minutes in the game as Cleveland looks to turn their losing streak into a winning one.

 

Akron Escapes over Defending MAC champion Buffalo 91-90

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On Saturday night, the Akron Zips were able to stay undefeated in the MAC beating the 2016 MAC champion Buffalo Bulls 91-90 in front of a very special guest by the name of LeBron James. Both teams went back and forth the entire game, and in the final minutes it came down to the last possession, however Akron was able to prevail with the win. The Akron Zips are now 18 and 3 on the season.

Senior Kwan Cheatham played very well scoring a season high 31 points, seven rebounds, and one assist. He knocked down seven key three-pointers that gave the Zips leads throughout the game, and was 7 for 13 from deep. Also, senior Isaiah Johnson scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. He went 9 for 19 from the free throw line, but was able to knock down one free throw in the closing seconds of the game after getting fouled to seal the deal.

Guards Antino Jackson and Josh Williams both were also huge for the Zips both finishing with 12 points, combining for 7 for 16 from the court and making clutch shots when needed. In the first half the Zips shot very well from the free throw line making 12 of 15 shots (80%), but shot very poorly in the second making only 14 of 25 attempts.(56%)

Akron is away next against the Northern Illinois Huskies who are tied for first in the MAC West conference with 5 wins and 3 losses. The game will take place on Tuesday night at 8 pm at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb, Illinois. Center Marin Maric leads the team with 13 points per game, while Akron is lead by senior center Isaiah Johnson who averages 16.2 points per game.

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Big Three Regains Confidence

The Chinese New Year was brought in with a crucial win for the Cavs last night, and the team continuity was apparent for the first time in weeks. Despite recent struggles and speculations, the Cleveland Cavaliers overpowered the Brooklyn Nets with a score of 124-116. LeBron lead the team in points and assists with 31, and 11. Kyrie for the 5th time in his career dropped 20 points in a quarter and finished off with 28. Kevin Love put up a solid 13 points, and snagged the team high rebounds with 14.

 

The Cavs came through with a much needed win, and did it in style with an impressive night for the big three. LeBron, Love, and Kyrie combined for a collective 72 points, and Kyrie dropped 20 in the third quarter. Kyle Korver played a promising role off of the bench with 14 points, and three, three-pointers.

 

LeBron continued to break records with his first assist last night, and passed Terry Porter for possession of 14th place in assists with 7161. That was not the only milestone within the game last night, Kyle Korver dropped 14 points, and hit his 10,000th NBA point.

 

The Cavs are still maintaining the lead in the Eastern Conference with a record of 31-14, and hold the second best home record in the league. The Toronto Raptors are two games behind the Cavs with 29 wins, and the Boston Celtics are three games behind with 28 wins.

 

The Cavs next game will be at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder this sunday, January 29th at 3:30 PM. For more information on the Cavaliers, make sure that you stay updated with our website, and we will continue to bring all of the Cavs stats and info that you need.

 

Kings Add to Cleveland Woes

CLEVELAND- The Sacramento Kings came into Cleveland Wednesday night and defeated the world champions 116-112, handing the Cavs their sixth loss in their last eight games.

 

The Cavs came out slow and trailed the Kings 10-0 to start the game. However, they would answer with a 17-1 run of their own to take the lead.

 

Sacramento would respond in the second, outscoring Cleveland 31-21 in the frame. This was all with the wine and gold keeping King’s star center Demarcus Cousins relatively quiet.

 

Cleveland would retake the lead after 3, in large part thanks to LeBron James. He would go for 10 in the quarter, giving the Cavs an 82-79 lead

 

The fourth quarter would be a full-on battle with neither team able to hold a lead.  After Cousins made a layup to tie the game at 104, Cleveland would turn the ball over and the game would go to overtime.

 

In the extra frame, the Cavs would jump out to a 111-106 lead. However, Sacramento would respond, in large part to Cousins. The big blow for the Cavs would be when the big man threw a strike to Arron Afflalo, who would hit a dagger three pointer.

 

Cousins would finish the game with 28 points and 11 rebounds despite his slow start. Darren Collison would also play a big part in the win with 23 points.

 

The Cavs were led once again by James, who finished with a triple double of 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists. Kevin Love would chip in 21 points and 16 assists as well.

 

Their next game will be this Friday against the Brooklyn Nets at The Q.

Akron keeps winning streak alive with win over Eastern Michigan 70-63

The Akron Zips Men’s basketball team defeated the Eastern Michigan Eagles by a score of 70-63 to win their 27th straight home game at James A. Rhodes Arena. Akron is still undefeated inIMG_0663 the MAC at 6-0 and currently have a record of 16 and 3 on the season. The Zips got off to a fast start scoring the first eight points of the game causing Eastern Michigan to call a timeout. The Zips were able to force the Eagles to 11 turnovers in the win.

Senior center Isaiah Johnson was a force in the paint all game and was 7 for 11 from the court finishing with 21 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. Jimond Ivey and Antino Jackson both scored 11 points respectively. At halftime the Zips led the Eagles by 10 38-28, and then in the second half the Eagles went on a few runs and with two minutes left in the game the Eagles were able to only trail the Zips by 10. Akron was able to close out the game with free throws from Antino and Isaiah.

Akron will be away next against MAC opponent Western Michigan Tuesday night at 7 pm at University Arena in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  The Zips beat the Eagles in  the first game and will look to sweep the series and get to .500 on the road.

Below is the head coach for the Zips Keith Dambrot on his teams win, and Isaiah Johnson comments on the physical matchup with the Eagles big men and centers in the MAC overall.  As well as the head coach for the Eagles Rob Murphy who comments on his teams struggles throughout the game, Akron’s great play all around, and his plan looking forward to the teams next game against Ball State.

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