Joe G's Running Game Blog

December 7, 2013
Joe G's Running Game Blog

FINAL CLE 88 LAC 82 ... The Cavaliers continued their mastery of the Clippers in Cleveland, holding off L.A. in a contentious affair for the six-point win on Saturday night. Tristan Thompson notched his 10th double-double of the season with 20 points and 13 boards. Kyrie Irving added 20 points and Andrew Bynum notched 18 points as the Wine and Gold held the high-powered Clippers to just 33 percent shooting from the floor.

2:21, 4Q CLE 84 LAC 76 ... Blake Griffin and Andy get into with just over two min. to play; Varejao hit Griffin with a forearm to the chest, Griffin knocked Varejao down -- Andy got the foul, Griffin got the technical (as did Jarrett Jack); the play's under review.

End 3Q CLE 67 LAC 66 ... Cavs trying to pull away down the stretch, going with three-guard rotation + Tristan, Andy; Thompson, 19 pts, 11 reb; Bynum, 18 pts, 8-13 FG; Kyrie, 6-12 FG, 18 pts; Jack, 11 pts off bench. Cavs topping LAC on boards, 51-40.

Second half highlights Tristan Thompson gets to the rack ...

End 3Q CLE 67 LAC 66 ... Up and down affair so far, complete with crazy end to 3Q; Cavs had a nine-point lead, lost it as Clippers hit two treys late in the quarter, but Jarrett Jack puts Cavs back on top with a half-court shot at the buzzer; Bynum looking for his third straight 20-pt, 10-reb game, now with 18 pts, 6 reb; Thompson, 10th double-double, 14 pts, 11 reb.

First half highlight Anderson Varejao gets to the bucket ...

6:20, 3Q CLE 58 LAC 51 ... Cavs bigs strong again, Bynum (16 pts), Thompson (14 pts); Kyrie, 13 pts on 5-8 shooting; Cavs holding LAC to 35 pct -- Jordan, Green, 10 pts apiece.

End 1H CLE 50 LAC 49 ... Little bit of everything in that first half, including a fan staggering onto the court towards Chris Paul. Every Clipper starter with at least 7 pts; three Cavaliers in double-figures; Kyrie leads everyone w/11 pts after taking the collar on Friday; Tristan, closing in on his 10th double-double of the season -- 12 pts, 7 reb; Bynum w/12 pts, 5-8 FG.

3:54, 2Q LAC 44 CLE 43 ... Cavs once led by 9, now trail for the first time since early 1Q despite three starters in double-figures -- Irving (11 pts), Thompson (10 pt), Byunum (10); Chris Paul, 7 pts, 7 asst. Both teams now shooting 43 pct FG.

7:36, 2Q CLE 37 LAC 28 ... Cavs holding Clippers to 33 pct shooting, beating them on the boards by 7. Kyrie now leads Cavs w/9 pts, 3-4 FG; Tristan, 8 pts, 7 reb; Bynum 8 pts.

End 1Q CLE 29 LAC 23 ... Bynum leads CLE w/8 pts, 3 reb; Kyrie, back after a tough Friday night, w/7 pts, 2-3 FG; Cavs shooting 48 pct, topping LAC on the boards, 15-10.

4:28, 1Q CLE 18 LAC 18 ... Big man off to another good start on Saturday -- Bynum with 6 pts, 3 reb; Tristan, 2 pts, 2 reb, 3 asst.

Pregame - The Cavaliers will look to run their home win streak to three on Saturday night, welcoming a Clippers team they've beaten 13 of their last 16 matchups; the Cavs have won 10 of their last 11 against the Clips at The Q; Wine and Gold are 5-3 at The Q this year, 2-0 against the Western Conference.

Over the last two games, Andrew Bynum has posted two 20-10 performances and is averaging 18 ppg on .535 FG, 10 boards, 2.7 blocks.

Here's Mike Brown's pregame video. Among other things, he talked about wanting to make sure Kyrie stays aggressive after a tough night on Friday in Atlanta.

Same starters for the Cavs: G Irving, G Miles, F Gee, F Thompson, C Bynum