Joe G's Running Game Blog

by Joe Gabriele Managing Editor

FINAL - CHA 90, CLE 84 ... The Cavaliers came back to tie the Bobcats at 84-apiece, but Kemba Walker's three-pointer with a minute to play gave Charlotte the 90-84 win on Friday night. CJ MIles came off the bench to lead Cleveland with 22 points. Tristan Thompson doubled-up with 21 points and 11 boards and Kyrie Irving finished 16 points and seven assists.

11.6, 4Q - CHA 89, CLE 84 ... After a Cavs foul, Gerald Henderson sinks a pair of FT. Cavs with one TO remaining

12.2, 4Q - CHA 87, CLE 84 ... Jack just missed a 3-pt after a Kemba Walker trey gives CHA the lead. Play's under review but Bobcats will likely get possession.

2:08, 4Q - CHA 84, CLE 84 ... CJ Miles now with 22 off the bench; Tristan, double-double, 21 pts, 11 reb. Kyrie, 16 pts. Jack, 15.

5:09, 4Q - CHA 81, CLE 80 ... Tristan and Kyrie have been great in the starting lineup, but CJ Miles has been huge off the bench -- inside/outside, just a rock solid game, 8-12 FG, 20 pts. Jack, almomst as big, 7-12 FG, 15 pts.

9:26, 4Q - CHA 76, CLE 73 ... Anderson Varejao as a Cavalier great, Part II: Against Brooklyn, the Wild Thing played his 470th career game with the Wine and Gold, passing Phil Hubbard for 10th place on the Cavs all-time leaders list in games played.

End 3Q - CHA 75, CLE 66 ... Cavaliers cool off down the stretch of 3Q and momentum's now with Charlotte. Tristan leads CLE w/17 pts, 9 reb (but with 4 PF). Kyrie w/16 pts, 7 asst, 3 reb. Jack, Miles, combined 23 pts off the bench.

Enjoy some First Half highlights ...

5:39 3Q - CHA 62, CLE 58 ... Momentum's starting to swing Cleveland's way, especially after Tristan Thompson just MUSHED home a Kyrie lob off a run-out. Thompson, 15 pts, Kyrie, 14 pts. CJ Miles, hot third quarter, now with 10 off the bench.

Start 3Q - CHA 54, CLE 49 ... No doubt that Anderson Varejao has cemented his status as an all-time Cavalier. He passed Jim Brewer on the career rebounding list and after grabbing 4 in the first half, now has 3,556 boards. With six more, he passes the great Larry Nance for 6th on the all-time list.

End 1H - CHA 54, CLE 49 ... J. Jack just hit a half-court shot at the buzzer (he's obviously really good at that), but didn't quite get it off in time. He can't miss tonight, is 4-4 FG off the bench for 9 pts. Tristan Thompson took over in 2nd half of the 2Q, now leads CLE w/13 pts and 7 reb. Kyrie now w/12 pts, 3 reb, 2 asst. Remember when Tristan's FT shooting was a concern? He's 7-10 this year and looks completely comfortable from the stripe as a righty. Cavs with 20 combined pts off the bench.

5:54, 2Q - CHA 42, CLE 37 ... Andrew Bynum has looked tonight, has been aggressive in the paint, now with 5 pts, 3 reb. Kyrie, Jack - 9 pts apiece.

Start 2Q - CHA 32, CLE 27 ... CJ Miles just notched his first bucket of the game. Against Brooklyn, he scored the 4,000th point of his career. J. Jack sinks now 3-3 from the floor -- 7pts. It's only two games, but Jack's been exactly what the Cavs thought he'd be when they signed him. Settles down youngsters; runs the second unit seamlessly.

End 1Q - CHA 30, CLE 23 ... Just as he did in the opener, Jarrett Jack hits a shot at the 1Q buzzer to stem the opponent's tide. Jack with 5 pts off the bench, Andrew Bynum w/4 pts, 2 reb in five min. of action. Kyrie, Kemba Walker w/9pts apiece. CHA shooting 57 pct, CLE, 47.

2:49, 1Q - CHA 24, CLE 16 ... Ramon Sessions came off Charlotte's bench on a mission, scoring 6 straight points (3-3 FG) and heading to the stripe after the TO. Kyrie's been the best player on the floor tonight, though -- leads all scorers with 9 pts on 4-6 FG. Kyrie sank a fall-back to sink Charlotte last year, and they definitely remember that in Tar Heel country.

Pregame ... The Cavaliers will go with same starting five as opening night - Irving, Waiters, Clark, Thompson and Varejao. Rookies, Karasev and Felix will once again be inactive.

Providing Andrew Bynum feels good in pregame warmup, he Will play, but again limited minutes.