Joe G's Running Game Blog

December 26, 2013
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Joe G's Running Game Blog

FINAL - ATL 127, CLE 125 ... Jeff Teague's step-back 19-footer hits every part of the rim and falls at the buzzer. Cavs drop a 2OT heartbreaker. Kyrie leads leads everyone with 40 pts, but Teague is almost as good, career-high 34 pts plus the game-winner. Tristan Thompson adds 22 and Dion Waiters nets 20 in his return.

21.7 2OT - CLE 125, ATL 125 ... Andy wins the jumpball tip, but ball out of bounds. ATL can use all of it on last possession.

End OT - CLE 108, ATL 108 ... ATL almost gets 5-second call, in-bounds to Teauge but can't hit baseline shot. Going to 2OT.

1.9, OT - CLE 108, ATL 108 ... Kyrie mishandles in-bounds pass; ATL with one more shot; Cavs trying to get this to 2OT.

4.4, OT - CLE 108, ATL 108 ... Teague comes off a Brand screen and cans three-pointer.

6.6, OT - CLE 108, ATL 105 ... Delly cans three of four FT to give Cavs 3-pt edge; ATL last possession, no timeouts remaining; Mike Brown has gone with three point guards, Waiters and Thompson for almost the entire OT.

1:35, OT - CLE 101, ATL 99 ... On a seemingly innocuous play, Horford seemed to injure his shoulder, went to the locker room after TO.

End Regulation - ATL 95, CLE 95 ... Odd choice to shoot 3-pointer after a timeout, but Varejao's attempt misses and we're headed to extra session; at end of regulation, Kyrie, 24 pts, Waiters w/18 but both players w/5 turnovers; Andy leads both teams w/14 boards (to go with 3 assists, 2 blk); Tristan w/17 pts; neither team has led by more than 7.

0.9, 4Q - ATL 95, CLE 95 ... Teague's runner rims out; Cavs with final possession.

:18.3, 4Q - ATL 95, CLE 95 ... Kyrie misses a three-pointer and layup; Hawks with possession after TO; can use almost all of it.

1:04, 4Q - ATL 95, CLE 95 ... Kyrie (24 pts) and Jeff Teague (22) having a nice 4th quarter battle as teams come down stretch; Cavs haven't had an answer for Horford in the 4Q; Dion, 18 pts off bench.

8:44, 4Q - ATL 80, CLE 80 ... Hawks tried pulling away, but three-pointers from Delly and Waiters even the score -- Waiters now 6-8 FG, 14 pts, brought big energy, attitude off the highest scoring bench in the Eastern Conference; game almost even, statistically; 12 ties, 10 lead changes.

Second half highlight - Dion Waiters' drive-and-dish ...

End 3Q - ATL 76, CLE 72 ... Both teams with four players in double-figures; Kyrie leads CLE w/18 pts, 8-15 shooting; Korver hits a 3pt late in third, streak reaches 98 games; Varejao, game-high 10 boards; Tristan, 14 pts; Waiters in return, 5-7 FG, 11 pts.

First half highlight - Kyrie feeds Andy for the slam ...

5:50, 3Q - CLE 64, ATL 62 ... Kyrie's jumper gives Cavs the lead; Irving now leads both teams w/16 pts, 7-14 FG; Tristan, 14 pts; Miles, 4-5 FG, 10 pts; Kyle Korver has the NBA record 97 straight games with a made 3-pointer (he set the record, topping Dana Barros, when Cavs visited ATL last time), but he's 0-4 so far tonight.

End 1H - ATL 50, CLE 48 ... Cavs sharp tonight, 51 pct FG, Kyrie heated up near end of 2Q; Tristan leads CLE w/10 pts; Kyrie, Dion, 9 pts each; ATL's Teague leads all w/12 pts; 9 ties, 8 lead changes; entertaining 1H at The Q.

3:05, 2Q - CLE 45, ATL 45 ... Kyrie finally got off the schneid vs. ATL, hits three straight jumpers, now w/9 pts; Tristan, only player in double-figures, 10 pts, 4-6 FG; Waiters, 4-5 FG, 9 pts off the bench; Cavs shooting 55 pct FG.

End 1Q - CLE 27, ATL 26 ... Both teams still shooting well after 1Q (CLE 56 pct; ATL, 58); Tristan with 8 pts; Cavs already w/14 pts in the paint; Kyrie hasn't had a FG against ATL in five quarters now, but he does lead all w/4 assists; already a better effort than last trip to Atlanta (as well as last outing vs. DET at The Q); Waiters wearing protective padding on right wrist -- is 2-3 FG, 5 pts.

5:46, 1Q - ATL 15, CLE 13 ... CJ Miles off to a nice start, 5 pts, 2-2 FG; Bynum also 2-2 FG, 4 pts; both teams shooting over 60 pct FG; Earl Clark, starting in place of Gee, still scoreless; Waiters set to check in for first time in three games.

Pregame - Mike Brown's pregame presser, discussing some possible lineup changes (Earl Clark replaces Alonzo Gee in the starting lineup tonight, Zeller likely to get more minutes), as well as Andrew Bynum's ability to play every day and the Cavs improved (and improving) defense.

Dion Waiters is active tonight and the Cavaliers can really use his energy off the bench. This is the Cavs' second meeting with Atlanta this season and the only time the Hawks visit The Q this year. Cleveland is 5-2 at home over the last seven games, 8-5 on the season.

Starting lineup tonight: G Irving, G Miles, F Clark, F Thomnpson, C Bynum