Matchups between the Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers use to be primetime worthy. Back in the days when we had the privilege of watching Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire and Lebron James display their talents on the same court. It was a guarantee that ESPN or TNT would have the game on national television.
Fast forward a few years. Lebron James took his talents to Miami. Amare Stoudemire is battling knee injuries in New York. Steve Nash is learning life is hard for the old aged without the "magic" of the Suns training staff in Hollywood.
With budding superstar Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers out with an injury, that leaves us with just Goran Dragic and not much else in the talent department between the teams. For the Suns, they do not mind one bit as they swept the season series of the Cavaliers by winning 91-78 tonight in Cleveland.
The Suns finally got off to the fast start that Alvin Gentry has been looking for. They scored the first seven points of the game and led throughout the first half. The Suns led by six after the first and 5 at the half.
The Cavaliers got off to a quick start in the 3rd quarter and were leading the Suns 59-57 when the Suns scored 14 straight points to virtually put the game away. The Cavaliers played a tough game the night before on the road against Memphis and it showed during the 14-0 Suns run. It looked like a layup line for the Suns at times as they out ran the tired and punchless Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers were without the 23 points a game of 2012 Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving who was out with an injury. Tonight, the Cavaliers were led by the 20 points and 18 rebounds of Center Anderson Varejao. Rookie Dion Waiters also contributed with 16 points, but only on 7 of 20 shooting. Alonzo Gee was the only other Cavaliers to crack double digit scoring by adding 12 points of his own.
Once again, the Suns used a team effort in dismantling the Cavaliers. Michael Beasely was 6 of 8 shooting for 15 points. Goran Dragic had his usual consistent game of 19 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds. Jared Dudley and Luis Scola combined for 25 points off the Suns bench. The Suns were very impressive on the defensive end by forcing 18 turnovers on the Cavaliers.
The Suns improved to 7-8 on the season and will take on the Detroit Pistons at 5:30 tomorrow night. Detroit will be the 3rd stop on a season long 6 game trip. The visit Toronto on Friday, New York on Sunday and Memphis on Tuesday.
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