Joe G's Running Game Blog
FINAL, OT - CLE 91, MEM 83 ... Cavs outscore Grizzlies, 13-5, in overtime to take their second straight win, pulling away from Memphis for the 91-83 win on Sunday at The Q. Kyrie Irving led all scorers wtih 28 points and Dion Waiters added 18 off the bench.
41.1, OT - CLE 87, MEM 81 ... Dion Waiters splits MEM defense and absolutely CRUSHES one home to put Cavs up half-dozen. Waiters now with 18 pts, 7 reb, 6 asst.
2:01, OT - CLE 85, MEM 81 ... Cavs haven't been extra-sharp offensively in extra session, but MEM has been totally out of whack, only scored on a Calalthes 3-pt off a broken play.
End 4Q - CLE 78, MEM 78 ... Memphis gets ball to Randolph, but Cavs pry it loose, Waiter has chance to end game with 30-ft heave at buzzer; but we're going to OT.
16.7, 4Q - CLE 78, MEM 78 ... Kyrie scores on a FB layup but can't hit the FT, Memphis can use it all.
2:39, 4Q - CLE 74, MEM 74 ... Memphis ties the game on a 9-1 run; Cavs offense looking stagnant on last few possessions; Waiters, Miles, 14 pts each off bench; Cavs falling back into one-on-one habits down the stretch, need to get back to good ball movement; Kyrie leads all w/20 pts; Andy, w/10 reb.
6:22, 4Q - CLE 73, MEM 65 ... Cavs have gotten a couple breaks and have outscored MEM, 14-7, to start 4Q; off the bench -- Waiters (14 pts), Miles (13); Kyrie leads everyone w/20 pts
First half highlights ...
End 3Q - CLE 59, MEM 58 ... Back and forth 3Q with neither team looking especially sharp; two Cavs in double-figs: Kyrie leads everyone w/20 pts; Miles, 4-6 FG, 10 pts; each team has taken only 7 FT apiece so far; Cavs shooting just 39 pct FG, 57 pct FT, but an even 50 pct (7-14) from 3pt range.
4:15, 3Q - CLE 52, MEM 50 ... Memphis starts second half on an 8-2 run to get back into it; Grizz now shooting 42 pct FG, Cavs, 37 pct; Kyrie only Cav in double-figs w/15; Randolph leads MEM w/14 pts; Waiters, 9 pts off bench, but just 3-12 FG; Andy leads CLE w/9 reb; Randolph got cut over his left eye, got three stitches
End 1H - CLE 42, MEM 33 ... Kind of an ugly game, just the kind Mike Brown loves -- neither team shooting well: CEL 37 pct FG, MEM, 35 pct FG; Kyrie leads everyone w/14 pts, 5-8 FG, 3-3 3pt FG; Miles, 3-5 FG, 8 pts; Calathes leads MEM, 4-4 FG, 9 pts; Cavs have lead by as many as 14; lead second chance pts, 12-5.
6:29, 2Q - CLE 38, MEM 24 ... Cavs starting to put it on MEM; CJ Miles came in averaging 18.3 ppg over his last three games, now 2-4 3pt, 8 pts off bench. Kyrie still leads everyone w/14 pts.
End 1Q - CLE 22, MEM 18 ... Big opening quarter for Kyrie, 5-7 FG, 14 pts; Zach Randolph leads MEM w/8; Cavs shooting 39 pct FG; Andy leads everyone w/5 reb; Cavs lead second-chance pts, 10-2.
5:38, 1Q - CLE 11, MEM 10 ... Good energy for Cavs, Kyrie already w/5 pts; Andy, 4 reb; Cavs shooting 42 pct FG, MEM, 56 pct
Pregame - After missing Friday's contest with the bug, Luol Deng returns to the starting lineup on Sunday. The Q hasn't been one of Memphis' favorite stops -- they're 3-13 against the Cavaliers at The Q, where the Wine and Gold have won seven of their last eight over the Grizz. Cavs coming off a 115-113 win over the Wizards on Friday, snapping a six game skid.
In the Cavs two most recent wins, Kyrie Irving has attempted 10 and 11 shots, respectively, adding double-figure assists in both contests; Cavs come in with the 2nd highest scoring bench in the Eastern Conference, coming off a 58-point combined performance on Friday in WAS; CJ Miles has notched double-figures in last three games, averaging 18.3 ppg on .545 shooting; Waiters still leads all Eastern Conference reserves, is coming off his 11th 20-plus point performance off the bench this season -- a 24-point effort in the two-point win.
Starting lineup tonight: G Irving, G Jack, F Deng, F Thompson, C Varejao
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