Last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers were apt to follow up a tough loss with another defeat. Things are slowly changing.
Rookie Dion Waiters hit seven 3-pointers in scoring 28 points and Kyrie Irving added 24 points in a 108-101 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night that snapped a two-game skid two nights after losing by three to Milwaukee.
Coach Byron Scott called it progress.
''Typically we play one good game and then we stumble,'' he said. ''Tonight seemed like the type of game where we could stumble, which is why I called a timeout so early in the game. I thought we were going through the motions and I wanted to let them know that I will sub guys out early if they're going to play like that. They responded and played a good 45 minutes.''
Some of the biggest shots were hit by Waiters, whose points and 3-pointers set career highs in his fourth NBA game.
''My teammate found me,'' he said, nodding his head in Irving's direction, ''and I was able to make shots. I...