Joe G's Running Game Blog
FINAL - SAC 124, CLE 80 ... The Kings started pulling away near the end of the second quarter, but used the third to seal the deal -- outscoring Cleveland, 30-11, and pulling away in the fourth quarter to hand the Wine and Gold the lopsided 124-80 loss on Sunday afternoon in Sacramento. CJ Miles led the Cavaliers with 14 points in the loss.
End 3Q - SAC 89, CLE 61 ... Flat Cavs take 3Q on the chin, outscored, 30-11, in 3Q; Isiaiah Thomas and Rudy Gay w/20 pts apiece for SAC; CJ Miles leads Cavs w/14 pts, but only 3 in 3Q; Cavs, averaging almost 39 ppg off bench, just 14 so far in SAC.
4:44, 3Q - SAC 82, CLE 58 ... Kings running away with this one, have outscored Cavs, 23-8, in 3Q; CJ leading CLE w/14 pts; Andy w/10 pts, 7 reb, 6 asst; Deng, 12 pts; Cavs haven't been able to get anything going this quarter, now 10 TO led to 16 SAC points.
First half highlights - CJ Miles' long three to end 1Q ...
End, 1H - SAC 59, CLE 50 ... Review took the Deng 3pt off the board; Andy flirting with triple-double, 10 pts, 7 reb, 6 asst; CJ Miles, 4-6 FG, 11 pts to lead CLE; Rudy Gay leads SAC w/11 pts; SAC, 54 pct FG, CLE, 49 pct; Deng, 9 pts, 3 reb.
4:01, 2Q - SAC 53, CLE 44 ... SAC hot from beyond the arc in 2Q, Kings an even 50 pct (5-10) 3pt FG; CJ leads CEL w/11 pts; Deng 9 pts; Varejao, strong all-around game -- 8 pts, 5 reb, 5 asst.
End 1Q - CLE 32, SAC 30 ... It's getting hard for CJ to miss a shot lately -- Miles cans a halfcourt shot at the buzzer, now 3-3 FG, 8 pts, came in shooting .657 from the floor over his last three games; Deng, 7 pts; Andy, Zeller, 6 pts apiece; Cavs shooting 57 pct FG, 57 pct 3pt FG.
1:23, 1Q - CLE 26, SAC 25 ...Tyler Zeller right- and left-handed dunks in transition for Cavs, Kings take T.O. Mike Brown talked about Zeller being one of the best "rollers" in the league after Saturday's practice -- now w/6 pts, 3-4 FG off bench.
6:15, 1Q - SAC 15, CLE 13 ... Varejao, Cousins should be a fun matchup all afternoon in Sacramento -- both w/6 pts halfway through 1Q; Luol Deng, 2-4 FG, 5 pts; Cavs shooting 50 pct FG
Pregame - Cavs visit Sacramento as the five-game roadie rolls on. The last time Cleveland was in this building, Dion Waiters set a Cavaliers rookie record -- scoring 33 points off the bench. Tristan Thompson doubled-up and CJ Miles had 17 in the win.
This afternoon, the Cavs face their former assistant, Mike Malone, now the bench boss in Sacramento. (Former Buckeye great and Cavs assistant, Chris Jent, is also on Malone's staff.) Current head coach Mike Brown spoke glowingly of Malone before Sunday's contest.
"It’s well-deserved," praised Brown. "He’s a guy who’s worked his tail off, he’s been around the game his entire life and he’s ready for it. For him to get this opportunity with a young team, having a chance to grow with this young team is a phenomenal opportunity for him and he’s going to do well as long as he gets time here."
Starters for tonight's game in Sacramento: G Irving, G Miles, F Deng, F Thompson, C Varejao