Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 3/7/12

Mr. 4th Quarter, indeed.

For the first 3 quarters of this game, Antawn Jamison and Alonzo Gee carried the Cavaliers. Jamison’s monster game will probably be overlooked, but Antawn was essential in making sure the Cavaliers got off to a good start. Jamison had 33 points to lead all scorers and without his and Gee’s offense, the Cavaliers would have fallen behind early.

But this game will be remembered for what Kyrie Irving did in the 4th quarter again. As Fred McLeod was annointing Kyrie as “Mr. 4th Quarter”, the Cavs rookie was living up to the name. Irving had 10 points in the 4th quarter, including a coast to coast drive to give the Cavs the lead for good on their last possession. Irving then got just enough body on Ty Lawson to force the Nuggets’ PG to miss the would be game winning drive.

Irving finished with 18 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals to help the Cavaliers snap their losing streak. Remember, the kid is just a 19 year old rookie. And already he is showing time and time and time again that when the game is on the line, Kyrie will do what it takes to lead the Cavaliers to victory.

Impressive win for the Cavaliers in what was a riveting, exciting game.

Cleveland Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts K. Irving G 32:48 8-16 0-3 2-2 +15 1 5 8 3 3 0 1 5 18 A. Parker G 27:36 2-5 1-1 0-0 +1 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 5 R. Hollins C 18:25 1-2 0-0 0-0 +5 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 5 2 A. Jamison F 36:55 11-21 3-6 8-9 +5 2 9 1 1 0 0 2 4 33 A. Gee F 31:32 7-12 1-3 4-6 +20 1 7 3 3 4 1 0 2 19 Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts Totals 37-82 7-23 19-23 5 36 23 13 11 1 5 26 100 Percentages .451 .304 .826 Team Rebounds: 9 T. Thompson 24:34 1-2 0-0 1-2 -5 0 3 2 0 1 0 1 1 3 R. Sessions 21:16 2-7 0-2 2-2 -9 0 0 5 2 1 0 0 1 6 D. Gibson 19:21 2-9 1-5 0-0 -4 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 2 5 O. Casspi 16:28 2-4 1-3 0-0 -19 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 S. Samuels 10:36 1-4 0-0 2-2 -4 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 4 M. Harris 0:29 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 S. Erden DNP – Coach’s Decision B. Uzoh DNP – Coach’s Decision A. Varejao DNP – Coach’s Decision Denver Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts T. Lawson G 40:59 6-14 1-4 5-5 -6 0 5 6 7 2 1 0 1 18 A. Afflalo G 39:37 4-8 1-3 4-6 -5 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 13 N. Hilario C 21:43 5-10 0-0 3-5 -9 2 5 1 4 2 1 0 4 13 C. Brewer F 20:12 2-10 0-4 0-0 -1 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 1 4 K. Faried F 19:44 2-2 0-0 1-2 -7 2 9 0 0 0 0 0 4 5 Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts Totals 35-81 4-20 25-32 10 46 23 17 7 5 1 19 99 Percentages .432 .200 .781 Team Rebounds: 11 A. Harrington 33:14 10-20 1-6 1-2 +6 2 8 1 2 1 0 0 2 22 A. Miller 24:05 5-7 0-0 6-6 0 1 2 4 4 0 0 0 2 16 D. Gallinari 22:14 1-7 1-3 2-2 +10 0 4 2 0 1 0 1 2 5 C. Andersen 18:12 0-3 0-0 3-4 +7 1 7 1 0 1 3 0 2 3 J. Hamilton DNP – Coach’s Decision K. Koufos DNP – Coach’s Decision T. Mozgov DNP – Coach’s Decision J. Stone DNP – Coach’s Decision
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