The Cleveland Cavaliers made headlines late last night when they shipped Andrew Bynum and three draft picks to the Chicago Bulls for all-star forward Luol Deng. The headlines continued on Tuesday night when guard C.J. Miles dropped in 34 points and a franchise record 10 three-pointers in a 111-93 rout of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Miles started off on fire for the Cavaliers on Tuesday night. He hit five of his six shots in the first quarter, including going five of five from the three-point line to help the Cavs open up a 36-20 lead after the first quarter.
Miles hit his first three point attempt of the second quarter to make it six of six from the three-point line and continue the Cavaliers' blowout of the 76ers. Miles missed his next two three-point shots, but then knocked down his final two of the first half to give him 24 points and eight three-pointers in the first half.
Miles continued his torrid pace in the second half and finished the night with 34 points on 11 of 18 shooting, including going 10 of 14 from the three-point line. Miles' eight first half three-pointers was one short of the NBA record for most three-pointers in a half set by Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets last March when he hit nine in a half against the Washington Wizards.
Miles was not the only player who shined on Tuesday night for the Cavaliers, though. Anderson Varejao and Tristan Thompson each recorded double-doubles with 18 points and 14 rebounds and 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Kyrie Irving also poured in 16 points to help the Cavaliers on offense.
The Cavaliers are now 12-23 on the season and will add Luol Deng to the team on Friday night as they begin a five game West Coast road trip in Utah. The trip will also send the Cavaliers to Sacramento to face the Kings, Los Angeles to face the Lakers, Portland to face the Trail-Blazers and finally, a stop in Denver to take on the Nuggets.
With such a weak Eastern Conference this year, the Cavaliers are still in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race and are expected to make a strong run now that Deng has entered the picture.
If the Cavaliers can play like they did tonight against the 76ers, they will have a very good chance at making the playoffs—especially if Luol Deng can play well for them.
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