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Thomas tallies 17 points in season debut, Cavs snap 3-game losing streak; Three takeaways

Fourth-quarter rally creates cushion, fuels one-sided victory

A 13-0 run – nine of which came from Dwyane Wade – led to a 103-91 lead with eight minutes, 10 seconds remaining in regulation. The 12-time All-Star and three-time NBA champion gave the opposition the whole kitchen sink in the nine-point burst over a two-minute, 45-second span: step-back jumper, reverse layup, floating jump shot and two free throws.

“When [Thomas] has the ball, it allows me to be a scorer,” said Wade. “So I could be a little more aggressive. It was fun. With that second unit all year, we try to be a positive force with this team. Tonight it was no different.”

The offensive onslaught turned into a 27-6 rally, unlocking the opportunity to employ Cedi Osman and Channing Frye in the later stages of the game. Seven of Wade’s eight rebounds came in the decisive period, a testament to his effectiveness in critical moments.

“It was a total team effort,” Lue said. “The bench was great again tonight.”

Cleveland is now 6-0 at home vs. Western Conference opponents, and 38-6 since Jan. 21, 2015. Quicken Loans Arena has housed 13 consecutive victories for the defending Eastern Conference champions, the longest home streak since an 18-game stretch from Jan 19, 2015 to April 5, 2015.

John Alfes has covered Cleveland sports since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.

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John Alfes is a senior at John Carroll University, and hails from Westlake, Ohio. His love and passion for the game of baseball originated in 1998, when he played catch with his father at the age of two. A former collegiate pitcher, Alfes currently serves as a Cleveland Cavaliers reporter for AP Radio/Metro Networks and the Cleveland Indians Beat Writer for CBS Sports/Scout Media Network, all while majoring in Communications (focus in Journalism) and English (focus in Professional Writing). He is the Sports Editor for The Carroll News, Sports Director for WJCU 88.7 FM and Senior Writer for the John Carroll Sports Information Department. John is an Eagle Scout and loves his two younger brothers (Conrad and Daniel) and two parents (John and Celeste). You can follow John Alfes on Twitter (@JohnAlfes) or reach him through email (

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