Joe G's Running Game Blog

March 8, 2014
Joe G's Running Game Blog

FINAL - NYK 107, CLE 97 ... The Cavs trailed by just a point headed to the final quarter, but New York used a late run to pull away for the 107-97 win on Saturday night at The Q. Kyrie Irving flirted with a triple-double, leading everyone with 30 points to go with eight boards and eight assists. Spencer Hawes doubled-up with 21 points and 10 boards in the loss.

2:25, 4Q - NYK 99, CLE 90 ... Cavs can't blame the refs for being down, but they sure haven't gotten any calls their way; Cavs still getting topped on the boards, 47-34; Knicks, also 8 blks between starters; Kyrie leads everyone w/27 pts, 8 asst, 8 reb; Hawes, 19 pts, 9 reb.

6:20, 4Q - NYK 91, CLE 88 ... Knicks continue to shoot well (or at least a lot) from long distance, now 13-of-27 on 3pt FG; also beating CLE up on boards, 44-31; Kyrie, 22 pts, 8 reb, 8 asst; Waiters heating up in 4Q, now w/8 pts.

End 3Q - NYK 77, CLE 76 ... After a moving halftime ceremony to commemorate Z's jersey retirement at half, it's back to business for Cavs -- back and forth through 3Q, Kyire heats up in quarter, now leads everyone w/22 pts, but also closing in on second career triple-double -- 8 reb, 7 asst; Hawes w/17 pts, 4-6 3pt FG; Jack, 12 pts, Deng, 10 pts, 5 reb, 4 asst; Not much off bench -- combined 9 pts.

End 1H - NYK 58, CLE 50 ... Knicks shot 52 pct FG in 1H, CLE, 41 pct; Hawes leads everyone w/17 pts; Melo leads NYK (14 pts); Knicks started pulling ahead to end 2Q, but Kyrie 3pt play keeps it close; Kyrie, halfway to 2nd career triple-double -- 14 pts, 6 reb, 5 asst.

First half highlight - Waiters nice baseline feed to Bennett ...

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2:44, 2Q - NYK 51, CLE 43 ... Hawes doing the heavy-lifting for CLE tonight, leads everyone with 17 pts, 4-5 3pt FG; Kyrie, 7 pts, 5 asst, 4 reb; Melo leading NYK w/14 pts.

5:57, 2Q - NYK 41, CLE 35 ... Carmelo trey extends Knicks lead; Andy, in first appearance in 12 games, 2-2 FG, 4 pts, 3 reb off bench; Hawes leads CLE w/11 pts, 4-5 FG; Kyrie, 7 pts, 4 reb, 3 asst, 1 stl; Knicks, 17 pts off bench.

End 1Q - NYK 23, CLE 19 ... Hawes, 4-5 FG, leads CLE w/11 pts, 2 reb, 2 blk; Jack, 2-4 FG, 6 pts; Stoudemire, 4-8 FG, 8 pts; neither team shooting well, CLE 37 pct FG, NYK, 39 pct; Knicks outrebounded Cavs, 16-7, in 1Q.

5:46, 1Q - CLE 10, NYK 10 ... After falling behind early, Cavs come back to tie it on Hawes' trey -- on a night Cavs are celebrating centers, he's 3-4 FG, 8 of CLE's 10 pts; Cavs shooting just 36 pct FG as a team, though.

Pregame ... Playoff atmosphere here at The Q with a who's-who of former Cavaliers seen downstairs in the arena. Wayne Embry, Delonte West, Larry Hughes, Anthony Parker, LeBron James all expected to be on-hand as Big Z's number is raised to the rafters at halftime. If you're watching at home, do not miss the pregame video; it is truly awesome. Big Z was looking a little nervous earlier. (Getting a ton of attention is not really his thing.) Tonight should be a special evening in Cleveland.

Anderson Varejao will see action tonight, but will not start and Coach Brown was unsure of how much time he'll see. Andy has missed the Cavaliers' last 12 games with a sore back. CJ Miles is still out with the left ankle sprain.

Dating back to 2007, the Cavs have won 11 of 13 games against New York at The Q, including a 15-point win over the Knicks on December 10. Their last meeting at MSG didn't go quite as well, with the Knicks pasting Cleveland by 32.

Cavaliers playing the second night of a back-to-back, but have won the second game in three of the last four occurrences. This is one the Cavaliers really need -- with a three-game West Coast trip looming and maybe an even tougher trio of games when they return. With 19 games to go, the Wine and Gold are still 3.5 games back for the final playoff spot in the East. (The Knicks are 4.5 back.)

Tonight's starters: G Jack, G Irving, F Deng, F Thompson, C Hawes