All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving took the microphone before the Cavaliers' season finale against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night at The Q and announced, "This is all about the fans.'' Then, for the first time in a week, the Cavs played as if the game actually meant something. As a result, they gave fans what they really wanted on Fan Appreciation Night -- a 114-85 victory. No amount of T-shirts, lottery tickets or other trinkets meant as much. Tyler Zeller had 22 points, Dion Waiters added 19 and Irving finished with 15 as the Cavs finished the season 33-49 -- avoiding 50 losses for the first time in four years. Andray Blatche had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Marcus Thornton added 20 for the short-handed Nets, who dropped to 44-38 and the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Among those missing in action for Brooklyn were stars Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams, former All-Stars all.
Cavaliers give crowd what it really wants on Fan Appreciation Night -- a 114-85 victory over Nets
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Apr 17