Joe G's Running Game Blog
FINAL - CLE 109, NYK 94 ... The Cavaliers led by 18 points in the first half, saw New York climb to within one and then proceeded to pull away in the fourth quarter behind a monster effort by Kyrie Irving, who finished with 37 points, 11 assists and just a single turnover in 36 minutes. Jarrett Jack followed up with 17 points, Tristan Thompson added 12 points and nine boards and CJ Miles got back on track with a 10-point effort in the the victory -- Cleveland's fourth straight at The Q.
1:59, 4Q - CLE 106, NYK 90 ... Cavs pulling away with Kyrie leading the charge -- 37 pts, 11 asst as Cleveland looking to extend home streak to four games.
Second half highlight - Tristan Thompson's ridiculous put-back dunk ...
7:26, 4Q - CLE 90, NYK 72 ... Cavs second unit holds serve to start 4Q, Jarrett Jack now with 14 pts (5-7 FG) off bench; Cavs shooting 55 pct FG, killing Knicks on the boards, 37-24, outscoring them in the paint, 44-30; Cavs, 23 assists on 35 makes.
Second half highlight - Kyrie Irving drives for the score ...
End 3Q - CLE 81, NYK 65 ... It was the Kyrie Irving Show in the third quarter, with Cleveland's All-Star establishing himself as the best player on the court -- now with 27 points (10-17 FG), half of which he scored on highlight reel plays. Irving also leads both teams with 9 asst. Cavs can put New York away with a good run early in 4th; Tristan, 12 pts; Miles (10 pts) back in double-figures for the first time since November 8.
Enjoy some first half highlights ...
5:02, 3Q - CLE 68, NYK 60 ... Kyrie still leads all scorers with 22 points, 8-14 FG; Carmelo w/20; Knicks cut CLE lead to one-point, but CJ, Kyrie stem the tide; Stoudemire w/13 off Knicks bench.
End 1H - CLE 48, NYK 45 ... The Cavs jumped out to an early 18-point lead, but the Knicks outscored Cleveland, 26-17, in the second quarter to get within three. Kyrie Irving leads all scorers with 15 points on 5-9 FG. Cavs are shooting an even 50 pct FG, but got off to sloppy start to 2Q. J. Jack, 3-4 FG, 9 pts off bench; Bynum leads everyone w/8 reb; Cavs out-rebounding NYK, 24-15.
5:46, 2Q - CLE 40, NYK 36 ... Cavs sloppy to start 2Q - 6 TO already in the quarter, Knicks on a 17-9 run. Mike Brown goes back to starters, plus J. Jack.
End 1Q - CLE 31, NYK 19 ... Cavaliers off to a great start -- although two three-pointers in final 90 seconds hurt a bit. Cavs holding NYK to 35 pct FG shooting while shooting 53 pct; Dion Waiters, on 22nd birthday, 2-2 FG, 6 pts off bench; Kyrie leads all scorers with 9 pts; Bynum, 5 reb, Varejao, 4 reb, four of five Knicks starters already with 2 fouls apiece.
5:09, 1Q - CLE 17, NYK 9 ... Cavs jump on Knicks early, lead by Kyrie (8 pts, 3-5 FG); Shumpert out with 2 quick PF; CJ Miles, looking to get untracked after returning from right thigh injury, 2-2 FG, 5 pts.
Pregame - Mike Brown's pregame presser, talking about the Cavaliers not making any lineup changes in the near future, the team's approach vs. New York and his team being as healthy as it's been all year.
Today's date marks the birthday of two guys on the floor tonight: Dion Waiters' 22nd and Dick Bavetta's 74th.
The Cavs have won 10 of their last 12 games against New York at The Q, have won three straight games at home this season, where they're 6-3 so far.
Same starting lineup for Cleveland tonight: G Irving, G Miles, F Gee, F Thompson, C Bynum