The Cleveland Cavaliers brought their A-game Monday night, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 108-101 in a tightly contested game.
Snapping a two-game losing streak had to feel good for Cleveland, but watching its young backcourt play exceedingly well had to feel even better. Kyrie Irving delivered a 24-point, 10-assist performance, limiting himself to three turnovers on the night. Dion Waiters scored 28 points in his rookie coming-out party, knocking down seven three-point shots.
Tyler Zeller and C.J. Miles each contributed double digits off of the bench, but this came down to timely threes and a few less turnovers for the Cavaliers. Chris Paul delivered another excellent game for the Clippers, but it wasn't enough to earn the win.
For a complete look at the box score, check out NBA.com.
Player of the Game: Dion Waiters
Irving's production is, more or less, expected at this point. Watching Waiters perform like a first-round draft pick was exciting, and it had to make Cleveland feel like it made the right choice at No. 4 in last year's selection process.
The rookie couldn't miss on Monday, going 7-of-11 from three-point land. He didn't contribute in many other areas other than the scoring column, but that's where Irving needs the most help so it works.
If he continues to improve, keep an eye on this team.
What's Next for the Cleveland Cavaliers?
The 2-2 Cavaliers will travel to face the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.
What's Next for the Los Angeles Clippers?
The 2-2 Clippers will host the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.