MVP: Lester Hudson was the feel-good story of the game for the Cavaliers. The little-known player out of Tennessee-Martin contributed 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists on Tuesday night, and was huge in the 4th quarter.
LVP: Byron Mullens somehow managed to play 22 minutes and go scoreless while matched up against Antawn Jamison, which I didn’t even know was possible. The once-promising Mullens was 0-3 from the field on the night, and didn’t manage to shoot a single free throw.
X Factor: With Anthony Parker back in the lineup, the Cavaliers were on fire from behind the arc. Parker swished four of his six 3-point attempts on the night, and the Cavaliers went 11-17 from deep in the game. When you consider that the Bobcats only shot 3-11 on 3s, the Cavs’ impressive marksmanship from 3 looks that much more important.
Turning Point: The Cavs were down by a point after the 1st possession of the 4th quarter, but took control of the game with a quick 10-0 fueled by a pair of three-pointers by Luke Walton and Omri Casspi. Yes, you know your team is no longer playing meaningful basketball when Luke Walton is hitting key shots in the 4th quarter.
That was…interesting: The Bobcats’ bigs didn’t score much, and the team couldn’t find the rim from deep, but Gerald Henderson and Kemba Walker both did a good job of getting into the teeth of the Cavalier defense and punishing them inside — both players lived in the paint, and combined to score 41 points on just 27 shots from the field. There’s not much the Bobcats have done well this season, but two of their young players were able to get to the rim with some consistency on Tuesday.