Cavaliers tame the Grizzlies

Earlier this season, the Memphis Grizzlies managed to take down the Cleveland Cavaliers as the Cavaliers starters and bench struggled to produce when needed. During Tuesday’s matchup, the roles reversed as the Grizzlies came out shooting cold in the first quarter prompting the Cavaliers to take an early lead and maintain it.

The Grizzlies were held to just 35% shooting from the floor in the first half as a huge first and second quarter from the Cavaliers Shaquille O’Neal helped give the Cavaliers the early momentum. Shaq was active underneath the basket and scored on a thunderous dunk for the Cavaliers second score of the game. Shaq dominated underneath for both halves of the game finishing with 13 points, 13 rebounds in just 21 minutes of playing time.

The Cleveland Cavaliers benefited from Memphis getting lazy on defense underneath the basket as Lebron James, JJ Hickson and Anderson Varejao constantly drove to the net for what seemed to be easy dunks and layups. James finished the evening with 22 points, Hickson with 15 and Varejao with eight points.

Zydrunas Illgauskus came off the bench to score 14 points and was 6-10 from the field.

The Grizzlies started off slow and despite 15 points from starter Rudy Gay, the starting lineups and bench were both quiet for Memphis. The Grizzlies cold first half made it difficult for them to stay competitive in this ballgame and poor defense made it almost too easy for a offensively strong Cavaliers team to drive to the hoop.

Next up on the Cavaliers schedule is the Miami Heat as both teams will go head to head this Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena.

Cavalier Girls

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~ by jeffrsabo on February 3, 2010.

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