Cavs lose to Warriors, but Skyenga moves past an ex-number 23…Rowland Garrett

The Cavaliers lost to the Golden State Warriors last night in what was a much lower scoring game than was expected, 85-95.  Playing without the newly acquired Luke Harangody and Semih Erden, a few unexpected guys stepped up led by mostly unproductive back-up center Ryan Hollins.  Hollins poured in a season high 14 points to go with 2 rebounds. 

Christian Skyenga, as always, showed up in force.  He is a permanent resident of the newly formed “Lob City”, whose mayor is Baron Davis.  Skyenga scored 8 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and had a steal in 28 minutes of action.  Oh and he got another Skyenga shout out from Fred McLeod on a great dunk in the 2nd half

Skyenga also got to the free throw line for the first time in 8 games and made a free throw for the first time in 12 games.  The 8 points moved Skyenga up one more spot on his rise up the Cavalier All-Time Scoring List:

Rank Player Years G Pts Avg
172 Christian Eyenga 2010-11 27 216 8.0
173 Rowland Garrett 1975-76 thru 1976-77 70 215 3.1

Rowland Garrett was a member of the 1972 NCAA Runner-Up Florida State basketball team.  FSU lost to UCLA (who finished 30-0) in the Championship game, in what was UCLA’s 6th of 7 championships in a row. 

Garrett was then a 5th round pick of the Chicago Bulls in the 1972 NBA draft.  He played three and a half seasons with the Bulls before he was traded with Nate Thurmond to the Cavaliers in November of 1975.  That trade was a major part in the Miracle of Richfield team that so many Cavalier fans hold dear to their heart.  Unfortunately for Garrett, he was not the reason, it was Nate Thurmond. 

Garrett stuck around for the beginning of the 1976-77 season until he was traded along with two first round draft picks in January of 1977 to Milwaukee for Elmore Smith and Gary Brokaw.  After finishing the season with the Bucks, he was not resigned and he retired from the NBA.  He is one of 11 players to wear #23 for the Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers hit the court in Milwaukee tonight and Skyenga will continue his move up the scoring list.  Stay tuned. 

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Brendan Bowers

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