Trans. Apr 21 11:22 ET (Apr 21 11:22 ET ) Tyler Zeller came off the bench and earned his third double-double this season, scoring 22 points and registering 11 rebounds, to help the Cleveland Cavaliers dismantle the Brooklyn Nets, 114-85. The Cavaliers picked up the victory due in large part to their efficiency handling the basketball, accumulating 32 assists and turning it over only 12 times. Cleveland (33-49) picked up the win after falling to Boston Celtics on Saturday. Other key performers for Cleveland were Kyrie Irving with 15 points and five assists, Tristan Thompson with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Spencer Hawes with 10 points and seven rebounds.
The Scoop:"Assuming [GM David Griffin] remains the general manager, he will make a strong push to keep the center," Pluto writes. "Griffin values big men who can pass and shoot. In fact, the Cavs have been asking Hawes to shoot even more." Hawes is averaging a career-high 14.1 points and 1.8 threes per game since joining the Cavaliers, to go along with 7.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 blocks.
The Sixers return to the scene of their last road victory, the Jan. 29 buzzer-beater win over the Celtics at the TD Garden. Spencer Hawes led the Sixers with 20 points and eight rebounds in Boston, but Hawes is gone, too. Michael Carter-Williams, a Massachusetts native, remains and goes to his second homecoming game after a 22-point, seven-rebound performance in the 123-93 loss to Charlotte on Wednesday night. A few weeks ago, Nerlens Noel offered the cryptic, 4/4/14 post on his Twitter feed.
At this point in the season, the Cleveland Cavaliers are hoping to make one last run at the playoffs and the Orlando Magic are looking for luck in the NBA draft lottery. Both improved their chances of reaching those goals Wednesday night as the Cavaliers beat the Magic 119-98 behind 26 points from Dion Waiters and 20 each from Spencer Hawes and Tristan Thompson. The easy win moved the Cavaliers within two games of New York and Atlanta for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Cavs play at Atlanta Friday night.
ORLANDO, Fla. - Guard Dion Waiters scored a game-high 26 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers kept their slim playoff hopes alive, pounding the Orlando Magic 119-98 Wednesday night. Center Spencer Hawes had 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Eighteen of those points came in the first half when the Cavs took control. Forward Tristan Thompson had 20 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.