Joe G's Running Game Blog
FINAL - MIA 95, CLE 84 ... The Cavaliers were within striking distance of Miami all night, but some costly missed free throws in the fourth quarter sealed the deal as the Heat topped Cleveland by 11 on Wednesday night at The Q. Dion Waiters led the Wine and Gold with 24 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Kyrie Irving followed up with 16 points and Tristan Thompson led everyone with 11 boards in the loss.
2:38, 4Q - MIA 91, CLE 79 ... Aggressive Waiters has kepts Cavs in it in 4Q (although has gone 50 pct on FT, now 5-9); Kyrie w/16 pts, 6-19 FG; LeBron, Wade combined 48 pts, Beasley, 15 pts of MIA bench; Cavs need stops post haste.
7:37, 4Q - MIA 80, CLE 67 ... It's still a winnable game for Cavs, but they need to make their FTs here in 4Q; Waiters continues to lead CLE, now w/17 pts, 5-10 FG; Kyrie w/12 pts, but rest of starters combined for just 9 pts: CLE, 46 pts off bench; LeBron (24 pts, game-high 7 asst) checking back in after TO.
End, 3Q - MIA 70, CLE 60 ... Cavs still right in this, despite LeBron's 3Q barrage, leads all scorers with 24 pts; Waiters leads CLE w/13 pts off bench - 5-9 FG; Kyrie, 12 pts, 5-16 shooting; Earl Clark, 10 pts; Varejao, 8 pts, 7 reb; Tristan leads everyone with 9 boards; Cavs shooting 36 pct, MIA, 49 pct.
5:46, 3Q - MIA 57, CLE 50 ... Cavs staying in this, both teams sloppy to start 3Q; LeBron has all 8 pts for Miami, now leads everyone w/20. Kyrie 12 pts, 5-13 FG; Jack, Waiters, 8 pts each off the bench; Cavs still beating up Miami on the boards, 34-22.
End 1H - MIA 49, CLE 42 ... Solid 1H for Cavs, competitive, right in it; Wade leads everyone with 12 pts; Cavs high scorers are all off the bench - Waiters (8 pts), Clark (7), Varejao (6); Kyrie, 2-8 FG, still trying to get untracked; LeBron just 2-of-6; Cavs, 5-25 FG in 2Q, now shooting 37 pct FG for the game.
First half highlight - Andrew Bynum finishes strong ...
5:52, 2Q - MIA 38, CLE 33 ... Miami opens 2Q on a 16-5 run; Cavs, 23 pts off bench, 10 pts for starters; Wade leads everyone w/10 pts off bench; Miami now shooting 58 pct FG; Cavs down to 42 pct.
End 1Q - CLE 28, MIA 22 ... Good 1Q for Cavs, great production again off the bench -- Varejao (1-2 FG, 4-5 FT, 6 pts), CLark (2-2 FG, 5pts), Waiters (2-2 FG, 5 pts); Cavs shooting 55 pct FG, Miami, 50 pct; Cavs out-rebounding Heat, 13-4.
2:21, 1Q - MIA 19, CLE 15 ... Both teams playing with energy, trying to find matchups. Earl Clark, still hot, 2-2 FG, 5 pts off the bench; Bynum, 4 quick points but 2 quick fouls; Cavs shooting an even 50 pct FG; Wade, 3-3 FG, leads everyone with 8 pts; Waiters checking LeBron with Cavs in 3-guard lineup.
9:17, 1Q - CLE 8, MIA 4 ... Both teams' strategies are evident less than three minutes into the game. Cavs are going to pound it inside to Bynum (2-3 FG, 4 pts), Heat are going to isolate Wade (2-2 FG, 4pts) on Delly.
Pregame - Coach Mike Brown addresses the media pregame, discussing LeBron James growth (and the best way to stop him tonight), Anthony Bennett's development and some circulating rumors ...