Joe G's Running Game Blog
FINAL - CLE 99, UTH 79 ... After a back-and-forth first half, the Cavaliers pulled away from Utah in the third quarter and didn't look back, running their lead to 21 in the fourth quarter en route to their second straight win -- a 99-79 victory on Friday night at The Q. Kyrie Irving netted his first career triple-double with 21 points, 12 assists and 10 boards. Tristan Thompson and Spencer Hawes each doubled-up in the win.
3:49, 4Q - CLE 91, UTH 70 ... Cavs have essentially put this one away, but Kyrie Irving just grabbed his 10th rebound for his first career triple-double -- 21 pts, 12 asst, 10 reb.
Game highlight - Kyrie gets to the cup ...
End 3Q - CLE 69, UTH 60 ... Gee's baseline jumper at the buzzer puts CLE up nine headed to 4Q, Deng leads Cavs w/16 pts, 8-12 FG; Tristan, 29th double-double of season -- 12 pts, 11 reb; Hawes, 8 pts, 12 reb; Kyrie, double-double, 15 pts, 10 asst.
First half highlights ...
6:16, 3Q - CLE 58, UTH 50 ... Kyrie and the Cavs heating up in 3Q, Irving now with 9 pts in 3Q, 15 overall to lead CLE; Deng, 12 pts, 6-10 FG; Hawes, 8 pts, 12 reb; Tristan, 8 pts, 8 reb; Cavs now shooting 46 pct FG, holding Jazz to 37 pct.
First half highlight - Zeller throws down ...
End 1H - UTH 41, CLE 39 ... tons of missed gimmes and layups in 2Q, so tonight hasn't been pretty, but it's been close; Deng, only Cavalier in double-figures, 5-9 FG, 10 pts; Hawes, 6 pts, 10 reb; Kyrie, 6 pts, 6 asst; Zeller, good off the bench, 6 pts, 5 reb in 10 min; Cavs winning on the boards, 26-19; both teams shooting just 39 pct FG
8:32, 2Q - UTH 31, CLE 31 ... Cavs start 2Q on an 11-4 run, including three quick hoops (including recent dunk off nice feed from Kyrie [6 asst]) -- now with 6 pst, 5 reb off bench; Delly, 2-3 FG, 5 pts; Hawes, 6 pts, 6 reb.
End 1Q - UTH 27, CLE 20 ... Burke's basket at the buzzer puts Utah up a touchdown after one; Deng, 3-5 FG, leads CLE, 6 pts; Hawes, 4 pts, 5 reb, Kyrie, 2 pts, 4 assts; Cavs shooting 44 pct FG, Utah, 53 pct.
2:58, 1Q - UTH 19, CLE 12 ... Somebody better guard Gordon Hayward, who has nine of Utah's 19 pts, 3-3 3pt FG; Hawes, 4 pts, 5 reb; Deng, 4 pts, 2-3 FG.
Pregame ... Already shorthanded, especially off the bench, the Cavaliers got a little more bad news: Anthony Bennett is on the shelf tonight vs. Utah with right knee soreness. The good news is he'll be traveling to Memphis tonight with the team. CJ MIles, Dion Waiters, Anderson Varejao all shot around this morning at CCC, but are all still out tonight.
Cavs face Utah for the final time this season, having beat them 113-102 on January 10 in Luol Deng's first game as a Cavalier. Cleveland has won seven of the last nine over the Jazz at The Q. Cavs are coming off a HUGE road win on Wednesday night, topping the Thunder in OKC -- their third straight victory over a Western Conference team. It was also their fourth road win in five outings.
Tristan comes in to Friday's game with six double-doubles in his last eight games, averaging 14.6 points and 11.6 boards per contest during that stretch. He hasn't missed a start in almost two years and is a big reason Cleveland is the second-best offensive rebounding teams in the league. Spencer Hawes has been another. In his four games as a Cavalier, he's averaging 14.3 points, 9.0 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.3 blocks per game.
Below is Mike Brown's pregame presser, where he tries to locate an unselfish media memeber among the press and is unsuccessful.
Tonight's starters: G Jack, G Irving, F Deng, F Thompson, C Hawes