Cavaliers Pull Off Opening Night Win Over The Celtics

“Will the Cavaliers be competitive this season?”

“Will this team make the playoffs?”

“Can this team win without you know who in the lineup?”

Prior to last night’s opening night game, questions like this plagued the Cleveland Cavaliers in the offseason. With a new coach, new general manager and new direction, there was really no telling what people would see on opening night and beyond.

For those who watched the Cavaliers last night for their home opener, they were not disappointed as the team pulled off a 95-87 victory over the defending Eastern Conference Champion Boston Celtics.

Without Mo Williams in the lineup, the Cavaliers still managed to create plenty of offense. JJ Hickson led the Cavaliers in scoring with 21 points, teammate Ramon Sessions finished the night with 14 and Jamario Moon, Ryan Hollins, and Anthony Parker all finished the night with 10 points to their name.

Against a physical Boston Celtics team with key rebounders in Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Garnett and Glen Davis, Anderson Varejao picked up 10 boards.

The Cavaliers trailed at key times during the game but a fast paced fourth quarter led to the Cavaliers outscoring the visiting Celtics 27-14 during that final period. The energy that had been there seasons before was still in the building and the crowd cheered the team on as they left the floor.

Not many would have thought taking down the Celtics was possible on opening night but the Cavaliers proved they don’t quit and this could be a key attribute as the season progresses.

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~ by jeffrsabo on October 28, 2010.

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