Kyrie Irving lights up Portland for 55 Pts as the streak continues!

Photo used courtesy of: Erik Daniel Drost. (CC) Some rights reserved.

Photo used courtesy of: Erik Daniel Drost. (CC) Some rights reserved.

There were 20,562 chanting “M-V-P! M-V-P!” as he was making his final two foul shots to put this game away. It also seems safe to say that Kyrie Irving made his case for the All-Star team. A night after scoring 38 Pts against Detroit, Irving put on a show for the home crowd in the 99-94 win over the Portland Trail Blazers (32-14), the 8th in a row for the Cavaliers (27-20). He broke records and set a new season-high for points scored in the NBA this year, besting Klay Thompson and former Cavalier, Mo Williams.

Playing without Lebron James because of a sprained wrist, Kyrie lit up the scoreboard with 55 Pts on 17-36 FG. Not bad for missing his first seven shots. During his career and record breaking performance, Kyrie set a franchise record for three-pointers made, sinking 11 of 19 attempts from beyond the arc. To quickly recap, that’s 93 Pts in the past two games for the young point guard.

Photo Credit: Jessica Piatak

Photo Credit: Jessica Piatak

With Kyrie stealing the show, Timofey Mozgov was the second leading scorer with 12 Pts and 10 Rebs. Mozgov was matched up with an injured LaMarcus Aldridge who dropped in 38 Pts and 11 Rebs with one hand. Kevin Love managed 10 Pts and 12 Rebs, but struggled from the field again as he shot 3-15 from the field. Love even started 3-4 from the field before missing his final eleven shots. The Cavs only shot 40% from the field, leading to the reason why they didn’t break the 100-point mark. J.R. Smith added 11 Pts with 4 Asts. Iman Shumpert and Tristan Thompson easch scored 4 Pts, with Thompson grabbing 8 Rebs.

To go along with his scoring outburst, Irving keep Damian Lillard in check tonight, allowing him to score 14 Pts on just 4-19 shooting. All Lillard did was become yet another victim in the recent defensive turnaround. Chris Kaman did his work on the glass with 13 Rebs and 7 Pts as Portland was outrebounded 46-39. The Trail Blazers did become the first team during this streak to shoot 40% from the field or more, finishing with a field goal percentage of 43.8% (35-80 FG). The Trail Blazers were held to under 100 points tonight and this is now the 6th straight team that has failed to score 100 points.

The night was more about Kyrie than anything. Of the team’s final 28 points, Kyrie scored 24 of them, including 16 of the Cavs’ 20 points in the final quarter. He abused Lillard the entire game, driving past him numerous times and draining six three-pointers. He fell one point shy of the franchise’s all-time record of points in a game of 56 held by Lebron and recorded the 10th 50-point game in franchise history. His 55 points also broke the arena record for points in a game, which was previously set by Allen Iverson. Kyrie also became the second player this year to have back-to-back games of 35+ points, with Lebron being the first. His 93 Pts over two games is the most since Kobe Bryant scored 110 in back-to-back games in 2007 when he scored 60 (3/22/07) and 50 (3/23/07).

Photo Credit: Cristina Todaro

Photo Credit: Cristina Todaro

The Cavs got a rare win without Lebron in the lineup, and it was done in exciting fashion. With tonight being the back end of their first back-to-back this week, Lebron was more than likely sitting tonight anyway. The problem now is that he has been diagnosed with a sprained wrist, and is doubtful for Friday’s game against Sacramento. It would be ridiculous to think that David Blatt would even consider letting Lebron go Friday in a game they should win, especially with a game Saturday night. It would be a wise move to let the superstar rest while he can before the playoff run begins.

Up Next: The Cavs welcome the Sacramento Kings (16-28) to The Q Friday night.

Game MVP: Kyrie Irving-55 Pts (Quicken Loans Arena record, 2nd most in Cavalier history, 10th 50-point game in franchise history), 11-19 3-PT (11 made 3-pointers are a franchise record)

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Hello everyone. My name is Raymond Bosak and I live in Cleveland, Ohio. I am a die-hard Cleveland fan, and have been my entire life. I am looking forward to bringing you some excellent Browns, Buckeyes, and Indians coverage, and maybe some Cavs things too. Everything I write will be honest and upfront. I’ll aim to have a couple articles per week, including some game previews and reviews, 5 things to watch for, and game ball and game MVP(s).

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