The Cleveland Cavaliers are rolling right now in the midst of a six-game winning streak with basically everyone healthy. The additions of J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, and Timofey Mozgov have sparked the Cavaliers’ play of late and into championship talks once again. This past week, the Cavaliers went 4-0 with all four games coming at home, defeating the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz by 14 points, Charlotte Hornets by a season-high 39 points, and Oklahoma City Thunder by 10. Along with these blowout victories are some exciting, crowd-pumping highlights. We take a look at the week’s Top 5 plays starting with number 5 on the next page:
5. Kyrie Irving works Derrick Rose and finishes over Taj Gibson
Part I: Kyrie Irving takes a screen from Kevin Love and uses a beautiful spin move to finish high off the glass over Taj Gibson.
Part II: Irving uses a nice hesitation dribble move to get a little room to drive over Derrick Rose, then brushes him off for a banking floater.
4. The Steal and the Dunk
In what has become a usual play we see every game, James had one of his classic wing steals on the run which led to a breakaway up-and-under left handed dunk.
3. LeBron Double-Clutch Dunk vs. Jazz
Following a tipped pass inside by Kyrie Irving near the end of the second quarter, Kevin Love comes up with the loose ball and zips a pass to LeBron James who broke ahead of the pack for a beautiful, double-clutch reverse dunk on the fast-break.
2. LeBron takes the half-court fast-break alley oop from J.R. Smith
In the midst of a major scoring run against the Charlotte Hornets, the Kyrie Irving deflects a pass at the top of the key which was recovered by J.R. Smith. With LeBron leaking out, Smith hits him with an alley-oop from mid-court for the flush, getting the Cavalier crowd to erupt in cheers.
1. Team Effort Results in Dunk
Kyrie Irving was the only man back on a 3-on-1 fast break for the Jazz. Irving deflected an alley-oop attempt over his head, which was then saved backwards by J.R. Smith. Tristan Thompson recovered and immediately dished to Irving. Once he gained full control of the ball, Irving threw up his own alley-oop to Kevin Love for the dunk as Quicken Loans Arena erupted.