Kyrie Irving scored 24 points and led the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 97-84 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, extending their winning streak to eleven games.
"We take a lot of pride in it," Irving said. "Obviously, you don't want it to end and winning feels great and we want to continue with it. We don't want to be content with where we are, not be complacent, and just work hard and do the things we need to do in order for us to continue this win streak."
With the win and an Atlanta Hawks loss, the Cavs’ winning streak is now the longest current streak in the NBA, but LeBron James doesn’t think much of it.
"We haven't done anything," James said. "We haven't earned anything. Until we do something, then we can feel good about ourselves. But we haven't done anything."
James scored 18 points and dished out 11 assists for the double-double. Despite the success the Cavs have experienced lately, James, who knows what it takes to win the NBA Finals, understands it’s not the regular season that wins you championships.
"The title is the ultimate goal, but we haven't played in a playoff series together," James said. "We haven't played in one playoff game, one playoff minute -- that's when it really counts. You build your habits and progress over the regular season. But for us, we're a team we have a lot to make up and we can't be complacent. As fast as you go on an 11-game winning streak, you can go on an 11-game losing streak."
Another new face to the team, Kevin Love, scored only five points and did not attempt a field goal after the first quarter. He grabbed 15 rebounds despite shooting 1-of-7. Love stayed on the court over an hour after the game working on his shot.
The Cavaliers get a few days to rest before hosting the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday night.
The 76ers are right back in action as they host the Denver Nuggets tonight in the back-end of the back-to-back.