Joe G's Running Game Blog
FINAL - CLE 109, SAC 99 ... The Cavs led Sacramento by a touchdown after one quarter and never looked back, turning in a total team effort to notch their third straight win -- 109-99 -- on Tuesday night at The Q. Anthony Bennett notched the first double-double of his career, finishing with 19 points and 10 boards in the win.
4:23, 4Q - CLE 100, SAC 85 ... Cavs looking to close this one out; Bennett just cans his third 3pt (3-3 3pt FG), first double-double of his career -- 19 pts, 10 reb; Waiters on fire in 4Q, 6 pts and a couple beautiful passes; nice team effort by CLE tonight.
7:28, 4Q - CLE 91, SAC 77 ... How did the Kings beat CLE by 44 pts just last month? Cavs in control, have been the entire way; Bennett, Waiters, each with 16 pts off bench; Kyrie, 13 pts, 5 asst; Tristan, 12 pts, 11 reb; Deng leads everyone w/19 relatively quiet pts.
Tonight's first half highlights ...
Watch Highlights: First Half
End 3Q - CLE 80, SAC 68 ... Shorthanded Cavs rolling through 3Q; Delly and Dion have had good rhythm tonight; Deng leads CLE w/19 pts, 3-4 3pt FG; Bennett, looking confident, 4-6 FG, 13 pts, 5 reb; Dion just 4-12 FG, but w/12 pts off bench; Kyrie, 10 pts, 5 asst; Delly, 5 asst, 4 reb, 1 stl; Cousins lead SAC w/14 pts.
First half highlight - Waiters to Alonzo Gee ...
Watch Highlight: Waiters to Gee
6:26, 3Q - CLE 67, SAC 55 ... Cavs have been threatening to blow this open in 3Q, but can't quite pull away; both teams shooting 43 pct FG; Tristan, double-double, 10 pts, 10 reb; Deng leads CLE w/14 pts; Kyrie, 10 pts, 4 asst; Bennett, 11 pts, 4 reb in 14 min; Waiters, 10 pts, 3 asst.
End 1H - CLE 55, SAC 43 ... Good 1H for Cavs, held SAC to 41 pct FG; CLE shot 55 pct from 3pt; got excellent contribution from bench guys -- notably Henry Sims, Delly and Anthony Bennett, who gets better every time out; three Cavs in double-figures -- Bennett, Deng, 11 pts apiece, Waiters, 10 pts; Cousins, 11 pts to lead SAC.
6:52, 2Q - CLE 42, SAC 30 ... With Andy and CJ out, Coach Brown going with some odd lineups, but it's working right now -- Delly and Dion, good chemistry; Dion now w/10 off bench to lead Cavs; another strong outing for Bennett, 8 pts, 2-2 3pt FG, 4 reb; Delly, 4 reb, 2 asst, stl.
End 1Q - CLE 30, SAC 23 ... Strong 1Q for Cavs, Kyrie leads CLE w/7 pts, 3 asst; D Waiters, 2-3 3 pt, 6 pts; Cousins leads everyone w/11 pts, 6 reb; Zeller, 4 pts, 3 reb, but with his hands full with Cousins.
4:27, 1Q - CLE 18, SAC 15 ... Strange game so far, missed layups, ugly fastbreaks, SAC with 4 TO already; Luol Deng, Kyrie, 5 pts apiece; Zeller, 4 pts, 3 reb, holding his own against Cousins.
Pregame - Cavaliers look for some revenge against Sacramento tonight as Tyler Zeller gets the start tonight in place of Anderson Vareajo, who's out with a sore back; Kings dropped Cleveland by 44 last month on the West Coast trip -- (although the Cavs bounced back to take two of the next three); Since 2005-06, Cavs are 11-5 aginst the Kings, including 5-3 at The Q during that stretch.
CJ Miles is coming off four straight games in double-figures, averaging 17.3 ppg during that run; the Cavs, as a team, are filling it up over the last four -- averaging 105.3 points per contest; Cavs coming off their fifth overtime win on Sunday, leading the NBA in victories in the extra session; Kyrie has scored 44 points in OT this season (tops in the NBA) and averages 8.0 points in the fifth quarter (2nd best in the league).
Mike Brown's presser, talking about doing without Andy and what the Cavs will need to do to win their third straight ...
Starting lineup: G Jack, G Irving, F Deng, F Thompson, C Zeller