Delly's defence helps Cavs to upset win

MATTHEW Dellavedova's fine form with the Cleveland Cavaliers continued on Monday (AEDT).

Dellavedova was instrumental in the Cavs' 106-100 away win over the New York Knicks.

Dellavedova played 26 minutes, scored nine points on 3-5 shooting, grabbed three rebounds and dished out one assist.

The Maryborough-raised guard was coming off two consecutive double-doubles.

Cavs coach Mike Brown lauded Dellavedova for his all-round performance.

“I thought Delly (Dellavedova) was big for us, especially in the second half,'' Brown said.

"His on ball defense was phenomenal. Delly came in and did a nice job on the basketball.

”The stuff that he does for us on the floor doesn’t always show up in the stat sheet, and he’s what a winner is.

"He’s going to have a long, long career in this business because of the fiber that he’s made up of.

"He’s gotten better every day. He watches film every day. He works every day on the court.

"You can see it, you can feel it – not only as a coaching staff, but his team-mates feel the same way, too. The respect he has on our team is unbelievable.”

In his rookie season, Dellavedova is averaging 4.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.

In his past seven games Dellavedova has been given more responsibility and he hasn't let Brown and the Cavs down, averaging eight points per game.

The Cavs return home for Wednesday's (AEDT) clash with Toronto before facing the Pistons in Detroit on Thursday (AEDT).

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