Joe G's Running Game Blog
FINAL - CHA 96, CLE 94 ... Jefferson hits one of two FT, but Spencer Hawes desperation heave falls short and Cavs fall in overtime, 96-94. Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 44 points, going 16-for-31 from the floor, including 5-of-9 from long-distance to go with 8 assists, 7 boards and three steals; Dion Waiters was the only other Cavalier to notch double-figures with 14 points in the loss. Tristan Thompson led the Cavs with a dozen rebounds in the loss as Charlotte sweeps the season series from the Wine and Gold.
4.3, OT - CHA 95, CLE 94 ... Hawes cans a trey for Cavs, still have to foul, but with no timeouts; it's still doable.
7.1, OT - CHA 95, CLE 91 ... Kyrie somehow got wide-open from three-point range, but attepmt drew side iron, Henderson hits both free throws and Cavs have their work cut out for them. Cavs out of timeouts.
11.6, OT - CHA 93, CLE 91 ... Walker splits the pair, Cavaliers have a chance to tie or win it.
11.2, OT - CHA 92, CLE 91 ... Dion cans a pair of FT, Cavs will have to foul again. Dion now with 14 pts; no other Cavalier with more than 6.
17.6, OT - CHA 92, CLE 89 ... Cody Zeller tips out big OR for CHA and Cavs have to foul, Walker hits a pair to put Bobcats up three; Kyrie, 16-30 FG, 44 pts, 8 asst, 7 reb, 3 stl.
1:38, OT - CLE 89, CHA 88 ... Kyrie now with a career-high 44 points, has been lights out all night; Cavs trying to hold on for the win: Jefferson at the line, hits a pair.
End regulation - CHA 82, CLE 82 ... Kyrie scores to tie the contest and Kemba Walker's game-winning attempt draws back iron, we're going to overtime; Irving now w/37 pts, 14-25 FG, 5-8 3pt FG - his career high is 41. (Kyrie also with 8 asst, 6 reb.)
55.6, 4Q - CHA 82, CLE 80 ... crazy action down the stretch, Cody Zeller puts CHA on top with a put-back off airball, Kyrie comes right back with a bucket but Kemba Walker trey puts CHA up a deuces. Cavs possession ...
5:39, 4Q - CLE 72, CHA 72 ... neck and neck through three-and-a-half in CLE; Kyrie's cooled off, but still leads everone w/31 pts, 11-18 FG, 5-6 3pt FG; Waiters w/12 pts, game-high 3 blk; Tristan w/game-high 12 reb; both teams 28-76 FG, 36.8 pct.
First half highlights ...
Watch Highlights: First Half
End 3Q - CLE 66, CHA 62 ... It's been the Kyrie show for Cleveland tonight, now with 29 pts, 10-16 FG, 5-6 3pt FG, also game-high 7 asst; Waiters only other Cav in double-figures, 10 pts, 2 blk; Al Jefferson, 15 pts, 10 reb for CHA; both teams shooting 39 pct FG; Tristan leads CLE w/9 reb.
Game highlight - Alonzo Gee throwdown ...
Watch Highlight: Gee Golly
1:09, 3Q - CLE 61, CHA 58 ...Kyrie scores 6 straight points, including a heat-check trey right out of timout, Cavs re-take the lead -- Irving now leads everyone with 28 pts.
2:26, 3Q - CHA 56, CLE 51 ... of tonight's game, the great Joe Tait would say: "They won't be sending this game film to Springfield." Neither team shooting 40 pct FG (CLE, 33 pct - CHA, 38 pct); two Cavs in double-figures - Kyrie, 20 pts, 8-14 FG, 5 asst, 4 reb; Waiters, 10 pts, 4-11 FG; CLE, just 8 combined pts off bench.
Game highlight Hawes to Kyrie ...
Watch Highlight: Hawes Outlets to Irving
End 1H - CHA 40, CLE 33 ... No way around it: that was an ugly first half of hoops for both teams; Kyrie leads everyone w/13 pts, 5-8 FG, but Cavs shooting just 30 pct FG; CHA shooting just 37 pct - Jefferson, Walker, 9 pts apiece; Hawes, 4 pts, 5 reb, 3 asst; Tristan leads CLE w/7 reb; Tyler Zeller, 4 pts, 5 reb off bench.
5:40, 2Q - CLE 29, CHA 29 ... both teams still struggling to find their shot - CLE 31 pct FG; CHA, 38 pct; Kyrie, only player on either team in double-figures, w/13 pts, 5-6 FG; Tyler Zeller, 5 pts, 4 reb - Cody Zeller, 3 pts, 4 reb; all other Cavs starters w/2 pts; CHA, 29 pct FT.
End 1Q - CLE 21, CHA 17 ... good defensive quarter for both teams (or just bad shooting), but Cavs on top; Kyrie -- 13 of CLE's 21 pts; Irving, 5-6 FG -- rest of team 3-for-18; even scoring for Charlotte; Tristan, Hawes, 4 reb apiece, Hawes, 3 asst; Cavs, 33 pct FG, Bobcats, 39 pct.
1:59, 1Q - CLE 19, CHA 17 ... despite poor shooting -- CLE 39 pct FG, CHA, 44 pct -- competitive game so far at The Q, Kyrie going off early w/13 pts, three other Cavs with 2 pts apiece; Hawes, 3 asst; Tristan, 4 reb.
PREGAME ... The Cavs have to shake off Friday's tough loss in Atlanta and bounce back against a Bobcats team that's looking to clinch a playoff spot tonight. A lot of things have to fall right from this point on for the Cavs to reach the postseason, but they're still alive with five games to play. Of course, running the table with five games left is the ideal scenario; Cleveland does not have the tiebreakers wtih the teams ahead of them, but do have the easiest remaining schedule.
Cavs have owned the Bobcats historically -- they're 22-12 all time and 12-2 at The Q -- but Charlotte have won the first three matchups this season.
Cavs have been very good in back-to-backs, winning the back half on five of the last seven occasions. Cleveland's also been excellent defensively in the paint, holding opponents under 45 points for an NBA-best 16 straight games. Dion Waiters comes in as probably the hottest individual Cavalier, having scored at least 17 points in each of his last 10 outings since returning to the starting lineup -- averaging 22.5 points, 2.7 boards and 4.7 assists over that span.
Here's Mike Brown's pregame presser, discussing last night's loss, tonight's matchup and how this team is different than the Cavaliers squad he coached his first time around.
Tonight's starters: G Irving, G Waiters, F Deng, F Thompson, C Hawes