Recap: Cavs 107, Wizards 102 (Or, Good news for people who like Cavs news)

November 7th, 2010 by John Krolik

Overview: The Cavs got back to .500 by beating the Washington Wizards by a final score of 107-102. Mo Williams and Daniel Gibson led the charge for the Cavaliers, combining for 47 points and hitting two huge fourth-quarter threes.

Cavs-Related Bullets:

Mo Williams! 28 points, and 17 of those 28 came from either the painted area or the free throw line. Not every defense will be as porous as Washington’s, but it’s great to see Mo getting aggressive and attacking the paint like he has the past two games. And those two huge jumpers in the fourth is what this team is expecting Mo to do, but that doesn’t make it any less good.

Boobie Gibson! 11 of his 19 came from the paint or the line, and he stepped up and drilled his outside shots when they left him open. So far, it’s been the guards who were supposed to be shooters who have flourished, and Sessions has struggled mightily. Not what you would’ve expected on a “running” team, but there you go.

The second unit in general was crucial on Saturday night — Anderson Varejao (+1) was the only starter with a positive +/-, and every bench player had a +/- of +8 or higher.

Another promising defensive effort from the Cavs, who kept Blatche, Wall, or Arenas from doing major damage; Al Thornton going 10-16 isn’t going to happen every game, although it is a little disturbing that Thornton made 7 field goals from inside the paint.

Alright, back at .500. It’s a good feeling. Let’s see if the Cavs can keep it going when they play the Nets on Tuesday.