Do you believe in miracles?
Whether the answer to that is yes or no one occurred for the city of Cleveland Wednesday night as the lowly Cavaliers, the worst team in the NBA, managed the unthinkable…they beat the two time defending Champs, the Los Angeles Lakers. The final, 104-99, isn’t the 55 point beatdown that the Lakers handed the Cavs in L.A. Last month but it didn’t have to be. It’s a win and wins have been very hard to come by of late for the once Eastern Conference champs.
"The only time you should be beating somebody by 50 points is on a video game," said Cavs forward Antawn Jamison. "That night it felt like we were in one. It shows you when we focus for 48 minutes what we’re capable of doing. The biggest question is how do we be consistent doing that."
The Cavaliers were led by Ramon Sessions, who came off the bench to put up 32 points for the Cavaliers in injury relief for starter Mo Williams. Williams aggravated his previously injured ankle and was held out for precautionary reasons. Well, the fact that Sessions was so hot tonight also made it easier to sit Williams.
“We come to work every day and we know what we have got in this locker room.” Sessions said about this team win. “ Like you said, if we go out there for 48 minutes and play hard, we can play with the best of them. That was proven tonight against LA and the first game (of the season) against Boston. If we come out and play hard, we can beat any team on any night.”
The Lakers, for the most part, looked disinterested and tired throughout the game. They were as unorganized and sloppy as any time this season and this latest setback sends them into the All-Star break with three straight losses and a ton of questions.
“We had a lot of turnovers tonight that really hurt us.” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said after the loss. “It cost us a lot in the first half. It cost us a lot in the third quarter and you cannot do that to this kind of a game on the road. We did not play a good road game at all. (The) 19 turnovers tonight were poor.”
For one night, heck, let’s spread it out through the All-Star weekend, the Cleveland Cavaliers and their fans can hold their heads a little higher. This win doesn’t erase all the pain and misery of this season but it’s a feel-good one and shows the promise of what this team could be down the road.