Final Dime: Warriors 95, Cavaliers 85


Baron Davis led the Cavaliers with 19 points in Tuesday's loss at The Q.
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1. In the two games since Friday night’s thriller in New York, the Cavaliers have looked like the team they are right now: a squad trying to integrate some new pieces while getting rookies some valuable game experience – all while weathering a spate of key injuries.

Each of those facets will serve the Wine and Gold well in the future. But for now, they’ll have to live with uneven outings like Tuesday night’s 95-85 loss to the Warriors at The Q.

“I think we’re playing basketball, but not with a purpose,” said Coach Bryon Scott. “We are just kind of playing basketball, we not playing with the energy (tonight at least) and the sense of urgency that we need to play with.”

“I thought that once we got down 10-12, we started fighting our way back and applying the pressure on them, but we can’t wait for that,” added Baron Davis. “We’re a very young team, we start a lot of young guys and rookies and we have to use that to our advantage.”

The Cavaliers came out of the gate in impressive fashion – taking a 12-point advantage after one quarter. In that first period, Cleveland grabbed 10 offensive rebounds and held the high-octane Warriors to just 36 percent from the floor.

But that was as good as it get for the Cavaliers, who grabbed just seven more offensive boards the rest of the night while committing 16 turnovers and allowing Golden State to shoot 57 percent from long-distance over the final three quarters.

Cleveland made matters interesting early in the fourth quarter, cutting Golden State’s 15-point edge to just four – 78-74 – with just over eight minutes remaining.

But David Lee’s free throws, a Monta Ellis’ trey and jumper by Dorrell Wright gave the Warriors a double-digit lead and enough breathing room to take the road win.

Baron Davis led the Cavaliers with 19 points – going 7-for-14 from the floor, including 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. Davis came off Byron Scott’s bench to add a team-high six assists to go with five boards, three steals and a blocked shot.

Ryan Hollins followed up his fellow former Bruin with 14 points on 6-for-8 shooting.

The Cavaliers had two starters in double-figures – Samardo Samuels with 11 points and J.J. Hickson with 10. Samuels was 5-for-14 from the floor and led Cleveland with nine boards.

The Cavs other four starters were a combined 9-of-36 from the field, with Cleveland’s starting backcourt being outscored, 47-14.

On the game, the Wine and Gold shot 37 percent from the floor, including 22 percent from three-point range. The Warriors blocked 11 shots to the Cavaliers’ two.

Following Tuesday’s loss, the Cavaliers hit the road for a Wednesday night matchup in Milwaukee against Brandon Jennings and the Bucks.

2. J.J. Hickson left the game with 7:19 remaining in the game with a dislocated left little finger, but returned to play the final 58 seconds after being cleared by trainers. With his little finger twisted almost completely sideways, Hickson bolted for the locker room immediately.

“Doc popped it back in place,” smiled Hickson, who was moving it around in the locker room. “It’s a little sore right now, but I’ll get through it. I’m still playing tomorrow.”

3. Tuesday night marked the first ever Anderson Varejao Bobblehead giveaway. Among the spiral-topped bobbleheads, were 17 limited collector’s edition Brazil bobbleheads dressed in the Andy’s homeland’s national colors of green and yellow.

4. After Tuesday’s matchup the Cavaliers left for Milwaukee to play their first back-to-back since February 4-5. The Wine and Gold have just four more back-to-backs the rest of the season.

5. Ryan Hollins came off Cleveland’s bench to notch a season-high 14 points.

6. The Warriors have a pair of Cavalier connections on their bench. Keith Smart coached the Cavaliers for the final 40 games of the 2002-03 season. His assistant, Mark Price, is a living legend, locally. The franchise’s all-time leader in three-pointers and free throw shooting signed autographs for about 25 minutes before Tuesday’s game.

7. The Cavaliers came into Tuesday’s game averaging 34.7 ppg off the bench – good for 8th in the league. Against the Warriors, Cleveland’s reserves outscored Golden State’s, 46-23.

8. The two rookies acquired at the deadline – Luke Harangody and Semih Erden – were out of action again on Tuesday. Harangody played the last two games with a painful hip pointer on Sunday and couldn’t go against Golden State. Erden is still nursing a recurring shoulder problem. Both will likely miss Wednesday’s game in Milwaukee as Coach Scott attempts to get them extra rest through the weekend.

9. After missing the last three games with a re-aggravated quad, Boobie Gibson returned to Byron Scott’s rotation – going 1-for-5 from the floor in 24 minutes. Gibson remains in the top 10 in three-point percentage at .435.

10. Samardo Samuels has now notched double-figures in all four games that he’s started and in six of his last seven outings. In that seven-game stretch, the rookie from Louisville is averaging 12.3 points and 6.4 boards per contest.

Joe Gabriele is the official beat writer for the Cleveland Cavaliers on You can follow Joe and send him your questions on Twitter at @CavsJoeG.