It took them nearly two months, but it is finally over.
The Cavaliers avoided professional sports history behind J.J. Hickson’s strongest game as a pro. Not only did Hickson deliver 27 points on 12-19 shooting from the field, but he showed the rest of the league that Blake Griffin can be slowed down.
Well, if you can call 32 points and 13 rebounds slowing Griffin, then Hickson slowed him down.
But it was the vast improvement on the defensive end from Hickson that proved to be the deciding factor in this win for the Cavaliers. He was much more active on the glass, pulling in 14 rebounds and adding more four blocks on the season: none bigger than the one that sent the game into overtime.
We can’t give Hickson all the credit though.
Antawn Jamison poured in 35 points, with perhaps the biggest dagger in the form of a three pointer late in overtime. He was 11-20 from the field and 4-6 from three point land.
The return of Mo Williams didn't hurt either.
He delivered off the bench tonight with 17 points and 14 assists for a Cavaliers’ team in desperate need of a spark. I don’t know if it was just the return of Williams to the lineup tonight, but the team looked like they were playing inspired basketball for the first time in a while.
Williams' leadership and inspiration to the younger players tonight may have just kept him in Cleveland with the trading deadline looming. He was sporting a headband for the first time this season, and even stated in a post game interview "1-0 with the headband".
Hey, if a lucky headband is what it takes to get this team to win, we will take it.
But while Cleveland is celebrating like it is 1964 (the last time they won a championship), the team has to stay focused and attempt to turn this win into a winning streak.
They have the worst road team in the NBA coming to Quicken Loans arena on Sunday, and six more home games in a row after that.
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