Joe G's Running Game Blog
FINAL - CLE 93, MIL 78 ... The Cavaliers were in control of Friday's game throughout, taking a nine-point lead into intermission and never looking back. Anderson Varejao led both teams with 16 points while Tristan Thompson (14 pts, 10 reb) and Kyrie Irving (10 pts, 10 assist) each doubled-up in the victory. The Cavs held Milwaukee to just 55 points in the final three quarters.
5:29, 4Q - CLE 89, MIL 65 ... Cavs cruising to the finish line, five players in double-figures, and looks like Cavs will ride reserves the rest of the way; only one Buck (Middleton, 11) in double-figures.
Game highlight - Earl Clark throws down ...
End 3Q - CLE 71, MIL 55 ... Cavs firmly in control after three quarters at The Q; four Cavs in double-figures, led by Andy - 16 pts (8-11 FG); Tristan, fourth straight double-double, 14 pts, 10 reb; Kyrie, doubled-up with 10 pts, 10 asst; Waiters, 10 pts off bench; NO Bucks in double-figures, shooting 39 pct.
Enjoy some First half highlights ...
4:18, 3Q - CLE 64, MIL 46 ... Andy heating up here in 3Q, scored last two Cavs buckets, now leads CLE w/16 pts, 8-11 FG; Kyrie, game-high 10 asst to go with 8 pts; Waiters, 10 pts off bench; Tristan, in line for 4th straight double-double, 11 pts, 8 reb.
End 1H - CLE 46, MIL 37 ... Solid first half for Wine and Gold; Waiters leads everyone w/10 pts, 4-8 FG; Andy, 8 pts, 3 reb, 2 asst; Cavs beating MIL on the boards, 23-16; Cavs outscored MIL, 22-14 in 2Q; holding Bucks to 39 pct FG; hasn't been a barn-burner, but Cavs have gotten good contributions from all over, including bench that had been down over last couple games.
5:19, 2Q - CLE 40, MIL 31 ... Good to see Dion Waiters get untracked, now w/8 pts, 3-6 FG, 2 reb, 2 asst; Andy, Deng, combined 6-9 FG, 6 pts apiece; Cavs shooting an even 50 pct FG; Earl Clark, 2-2 FG, 5 pts off bench.
End 1Q - CLE 24, MIL 23 ... Bucks close quarter on a 12-5 run; Deng, Varejao, both 3-4 FG, 6 pts, Andy w/game-high 5 reb; Cavs led by as many as 12 in 1Q.
4:23, 1Q - CLE 19, MIL 11 ... Cavs shooting well so far, 57 pct; Andy w/6 pts, Tristan, 4 pts, 5 reb; Cavs lead second-chance pts, 6-0, pts in the paint, 14-8.
Pregame - Third of four meetings between Cavs and Bucks this year, with Cleveland looking to get their first win on this five-game homestand. Cavaliers dropped a November 6 meeting in Milwaukee but beat the Bucks in overtime at The Q, with All-Star starter Kyrie Irving notching 10 of his game-high 39 points in OT.
Anderson Varejao, who's grabbed at least 11 boards in 12 of the Cavs' last 13 games is 15 rebounds away from 4,000 over his career. Only Z, Brad Daugherty and Hot Rod Williams have more boards than Andy. He and Tristan have been one of the best big man tandems in the league this month, averaging a combined 24.0 points, 24.7 boards and 5.0 assists per game.
Here's Mike Brown's pregame presser (below) in which he predominantly discussed Anthony Bennett hand how he's handled a trying rookie season.
Starters for tonight: G Irving, G Miles, F Deng, F Thompson, C Varejao