Cleveland Cavaliers fans got a glimpse of the future on Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena as their two first round draft selections from the 2011 NBA Draft were big contributors as the club won their second straight game beating the Charlotte Bobcats 115-101. Rookie point guard Kyrie Irving went 8-10 from the field scoring 20 points and Tristan Thompson came off the bench with 16 points as the Cavaliers pushed above the .500 mark for the first time this season. Cleveland shot 50% (45-90) and knocked down ten shots from outside the arc as five players scored in double-figures for the night. Charlotte point guard D.J. Augustin was the game’s high scorer with 26 points while veteran Corey Maggette added 21 in the fourth loss of the season for the Bobcats.
The contest was tight in the opening period until Charlotte would score the final seven points of the first in the last 1:27 of play. Augustin drove the lane putting the ball up and in at the buzzer and put his team on top 34-27. Cleveland would slowly work away at their deficit in the second grabbing the upper hand as Antawn Jamison drove for a layup with 5:48 remaining putting his team ahead 41-39. With 13 seconds left in the quarter Irving drove the lane putting the rock through the hole and as the game reached the half the Cavaliers held a 57-51 advantage.
Cleveland would go up by double-digits during the third; however the momentum would move to Charlotte towards the end of the period. Ramon Sessions hit a pair at the stripe with four seconds left and the Cavaliers would hold an 87-80 lead at the conclusion of the quarter. Thompson slammed the ball through the basket with authority with 8:57 to play and put his team ahead by double-digits at 95-84 and Charlotte never could recover as the home team sent their fans home quite pleased with the final results.
Irving scored 20 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks in the Cavaliers victory. Jamison knocked down 19 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals and an assist while Thompson came close to racking up a double-double with 16 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 assist. Anthony Parker and Ramon Sessions each added 11 points in the win.
Augustin drove home 26 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds, a block and a steal while Maggette added 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Gerald Henderson scored 16 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal while Byron Mullens came off the bench with 14 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks. D.J. White chipped in 10 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Cleveland improves to 3-2 and travels to Toronto to face the Raptors on Wednesday while Charlotte falls to 1-4 and they head to New York to take on the Knicks on Wednesday.