Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 3/11/12
CLEVELAND -- Three straight wins? The Cavaliers? The same team we all left for dead a week ago? Youd better believe it, as the Cavs gave perhaps their best showing at home of the season -- tallying a season-high in points with a 118-107 win over Houston on Sunday. Like it or not, the Cavs (16-23) are back in the playoff race, trailing New York by just one game with 27 to go. This after a six-game losing streak. This with no Anderson Varejao, who remains out with a fractured wrist. And this with a 19-year old rookie in Kyrie Irving and 35-year old veteran Antawn Jamison as the two biggest reasons for hope. Of course, Sundays win was a team effort in the truest sense -- with six players scoring in double figures. Jamison had the most noticeable night, hitting 8-of-16 shots and all eight of his free throws on his way to 28 points. And this is the guy everyone wants to trade? Well, maybe not everyone. Maybe not the Cavs. Anyway, Irving was also his usual stellar self in the fourth quarter, when he scored 16 of his 21. He also went 10-of-10 at the line for the game. But Cavs coach Byron Scott spoke the truth when he said Irving didnt have one of his best better games. Scott added that Irving was actually frustrated with his performance through three quarters. In the fourth quarter, when I took him out, I told him, Its gonna come, just keep playing, Scott said of his talk with Irving. He made some big shots, got to the free-throw line and was able to seal the game from there. Moral of the story? Not having his best stuff and still being able to produce like he produced was great, Scott said. It should be noted that Irving also led the Cavs with six rebounds. But back to the entire team. Truth is, Ramon Sessions and Daniel Gibson were probably the best guards on this night. Sessions came in for Irving and changed the course of the game, playing with energy and intelligence on his way to 15 points and seven assists. And he did it in just 20 minutes. Meanwhile, Gibson did his usual underrated job defensively off the bench, scored 11 points, made a key steal and grabbed four key rebounds. It may have been his best all-around game of the year. Samardo Samuels and Alonzo Gee each added 11 points, and with the depth and balance displayed Sunday, its safe to say the Cavs are really clicking. I thought we got our confidence back after (the road wins over Denver and Oklahoma City), Scott said. Irving, however, said the confidence was never really gone. We had to play harder, he said. Thats what were doing right now. Harris not re-signed The Cavs elected not to sign guard Manny Harris for the remainder of the season. Harris informed the media of the teams decision after Sundays game. Its over, he said. Harris second 10-day contract expired Sunday night. By league rules, the Cavs either had to sign him for the rest of the year or let him go. He said he is uncertain of his future, and will wait to decide whether to return to the Canton Charge of the D-League. Harris is 22 years old and in his second pro season. He appeared in just three games (16.7 minutes) for the Cavs this year, scoring a total of 9 points on 4-for-8 shooting. Cavs Notes The last time the Cavs won three or more straight games against Western Conference opponents? Try December 2009, when they defeated Phoenix, Sacramento, the L.A. Lakers and Houston. The Cavs don't play a team from the West again this year until March 25 (Suns at home). The Cavs' bench compiled a 49-30 advantage Sunday. It marked the 21st time this season Cavs reserves have outscored the opposition. Rockets forward Luis Scola (game-high 30 points) was dead-on when he said, actually, his team wasn't too shabby. "I don't think we played that bad," he said. "We just didn't play well consistently. We had some stretches where we played bad, and they punished us for it." One issue: Rockets guard Kevin Martin, averaging 17.4 points per game, was limited to just three Sunday. Martin played his high school ball in Zanesville and has been the subject of trade rumors in recent weeks.
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