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Cavs Win! Cavs Win! Cavs Win! (It still counts against the Clippers)

Feb 12, 2011, 12:00 AM EDT

Antawn Jamison

There is something historically appropriate that the Cavaliers ended their losing streak against the Clippers.

Cleveland’s oddly fascinating losing streak ended dramatically at 26 with a 126-119 overtime win at home on Friday night. It seemed a fitting way to go — the Cavs had been giving the effort (mostly) for weeks, but had not been rewarded. Finally, for one night, the breaks and calls went their way.

It took J.J. Hickson getting away with a goaltend on a Baron Davis runner in the final seconds of regulation. It took Hickson getting a block on an attempted dunk by Blake Griffin late in the fourth quarter. (Yes, you read that right.) It took a clutch 3-pointer from Antawn Jamison. It took the return of Mo Williams bringing 17 points and 14 assists off the bench. It took a crazy-loud crowd that wouldn’t give up.

Mostly, it took a young Clippers team that played indifferent defense most of the night. A Clippers team with the same inconsistent end-of-game execution as the Cavs. A Clippers team that may grow into something special in a few years, but right now it is learning hard lessons about life on the road in the NBA.

And they are learning about how dangerous a desperate team can be.

After a lackluster performance a couple nights back that had coach Byron Scott calling out his team, the Cavaliers came out with energy again. They had done that for most games in the last few weeks, but were not rewarded.

Hickson had the play of the night with 3:30 left in regulation, the one that made you realize it was the Cavs’ night and made Quicken Loans Arena the loudest it has been since he who shall not be named played in the building.

Griffin got the ball on the right block and tried to do what he has done to so many, spun fast to the middle to go for the dunk, but he brought the ball back to his right hand and that gave a hustling Hickson a chance to block a Griffin dunk. Yes, block Blake Griffin. THE Blake Griffin. It sparked a fast break that ended with a three from Mo Williams, and with 3:27 left the Cavs were up by six.

Of course, they almost blew it. They are the Cavs, after all.

By 2:15 left, it was tied. A driving layup by Davis, a transition dunk from Griffin, and two free throws after a foul on Ryan Gomes did the trick.

The Cavs kept hitting shots, the Clippers kept getting fouled and to the free-throw line. It was Williams — who missed 13 games in a row before this one — that made the last basket of regulation, a professional 17-foot step-back to tie it. But the shot left Clippers 6.3 seconds left to win it.

Everyone in the building knew Davis would take the shot. He does not pass in these situations, but at least he attacked and didn’t settle for a 25-foot step-back. He drove left and got off a runner that Hickson came from the weakside to swat into the third row. It clearly looked like goaltending, but it was the Cavs’ night and there was no call.

The shot in overtime was a three from Jamison off an inbound play (which came after Hickson got away with an over-the-back, but did we mention it was the Cavs’ night?). A catch-and-shoot drained three-ball from the veteran that sealed the win.

This win ruins the “Toilet Bowl” battle of streaks against the winless-on-the-road Wizards on Sunday, but nobody in Cleveland cares.

The monkey is off their back. Now they can get back to focusing on making sure they have the most ping-pong balls in the draft lottery.

  1. Colin Zvosec - Feb 12, 2011 at 4:55 AM

    Two things:

    1. The Q has been loud like that all year. People just haven’t noticed…. for obvious reasons.

    2. I may be in the minority here, but it looked like JJ got the block on Davis right at the apex of his shot (i.e. before it was on the way down). The replay confirmed that.

    • jstrizzle - Feb 12, 2011 at 8:18 AM

      I watched the end of the game and thought it was a clean block too.

  2. j0esixpack - Feb 12, 2011 at 8:28 AM

    Ok… Now if they can just trade for Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett in the offseason they can go from worst to first!

    • zackd2 - Feb 12, 2011 at 9:30 AM

      Only works if your GM is best friends with another team’s GM and that GM is about to leave his team

  3. dansullivan82 - Feb 12, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    I thought the block was clean.I hope the cavs can play reasonable ball the rest of the way.I dont think theyre as bad as the streak but theyre also nowhere near as good as their .500 start.I think theyre somewhere in between.I also see no reason to want to lose for ping pong balls with no slam dunk of a future star in this years draft.I guess the folks in Ohio would be happy to get their buckeye ubt Im not sure theres anyone like a Dwight Howard or Lebron James hell I dont know if theres a Jon Wall.

  4. mdpickles - Feb 12, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    The Cavs ended the streak last night, but the Sixers beating the Spurs last night just might be more unexpected.

  5. jsarge99 - Feb 12, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    I really wanted to see them lose to Washington, but I it was fitting to beat the clippers. Lebron James for MVP.

    • dansullivan82 - Feb 12, 2011 at 1:16 PM

      Its obvious Lebron is the biggest difference from last years cavs but theyve also lost Delonte West,Shaq,and Z and Verajoe is out with an injury.Thats there top 3 big guys from last year and only other guy that would attack the hoop.While they all dont make half the difference Lebron did its a totally different team.I dont think Lebron should be MVP because these cavs suck.

  6. 305phinphan - Feb 12, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    How pathetic was that game last night? I was laughing so hard at the end when they dropped confetti onto the players and the crowd was going nuts like they just won the NBA finals.

    It’s pretty obvious why Lebron wanted out. He carried the Cavs on his back for years and the scumbag owner did absolutely nothing to help him out. Now look where him and the Cavs are. The comments he made to Lebron after he decided to leave showed that guys true colors and now he knows what karma is.

    The Cavs will be at the bottom of the NBA for many years to come while Lebron will win multiple titles down in Miami. Sorry Cavs fans but no one feels bad for you guys because you all act like a bunch of idiots and Lebron came back into the house he built and put it to the owner and all of the loser fans.

  7. secdominance - Feb 12, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Can we stop acting like Shaq, Z, and Delonte provided some great contributions to this team last season!

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