Joe G's Running Game Blog

March 23, 2014
by Joe Gabriele Managing Editor

FINAL - CLE 106, NYK 100 ... Playing the second night of a back-to-back the Cavaliers got off to a slow start in New York and eventually fell behind by 17, but Jarrett Jack led a furious second-half comeback and the Cavs snapped their four-game skid -- simultaneously ending the Knicks' eight-game win streak -- with the dramatic 106-100 win on Sunday night. Jarrett Jack was the star of the show, scoring 23 of his season-high 31 points in the second half, doubling-up with 10 assists.

24.7, 4Q - CLE 104, NYK 100 ... Jack shakes Felton, pulls up to can pts 31 and 32; Cavs up two possessions, looking to snap Knicks' streak at 8 ...

42.2, 4Q - CLE 102, NYK 100 ... JR Smith bucket and a pair of FT by Carmelo has the Knicks back in business; Cavs with possession ...

1:42, 4Q - CLE 102, NYK 96 ... It's been the Jarrett Jack show in the second half in NY -- now with 29 pts, 10 asst; Waiters w 22 as Cavs are in control; need to close this out, worked too hard to come back.

3:28, 4Q - CLE 95, NYK 94 ... End-to-end action here down the stretch, Cavs take their first lead since 1Q on a Deng trey, but Jack has been the story, season-high 27 pts, has propelled 2H comeback; Knicks settling for jumpers, Cavs have shut them down defensively; Cavs now shooting 59 pct FG; should be a fun finish.

6:47, 4Q - NYK 90, CLE 90 ... Jarrett Jack has been en fuego in 2H, now with 25 pts as Cavs climb all the way back to tie the game after trailing by 17 early; Jack, 10-15 FG, 8 asst; Waiters, 19 pts; Gee, 4-6 FG, 11 pts.

End 3Q - NYK 84, CLE 77 ... Cavs haven't had an answer for Carmelo tonight, he leads everyone with 28 pts; but Cavs did come out of locker room with a better energy, have cut 17-pt lead to seven -- outscored KNicks, 31-23 in period; Jack, 10 of his 18 pts in 3Q; Gee, 9 pts, 3 reb off bench; Waiters, 19 pts, 8-15 FG; Deng, 10 pts; both teams shooting well from floor, three-pt and stripe.

3:06, 3Q - NYK 78, CLE 71 ... Cavs put the pressure on NYK in 3Q, aggressive going to the hole; backcourt of Waiters, Jack - 35 combined pts; Waiters, 8-14 FG, Jack, team-high 7 asst; Deng in first game back after three off with ankle injury, 10 pts; after netting 52 bench pts on Saturday, just 10 combined vs. NYK; Melo leads everyone w/24 pts; Knicks shooting 56 pct FG, CLE, 52 pct.

End 1H - NYK 61, CLE 46 ... Knicks shoot 59 pct FG in 1H, including 8-of-12 from 3pt; Anthony, 17 pts, JR Smith, 12; Waiters leads Cavs w/15 pts - 6-10 FG; Jack, 8 pts, 5 asst; Gee, 7 pts off bench.

6:01, 2Q - NYK 44, CLE 34 ... Alonzo Gee nice energy off the bench, 7 pts, 2 reb as Cavs try to slow down NYC, still shooting 62 pct; Cavs need to get something from Andy, Zeller; Dion leads CLE w/10 pts; Melo leads everyone w/14, 6-7 FG.

End 1Q - NYK 34, CLE 27 ... J.R. Smith cans 27-footer at the buzzer and Knicks up a touchdown after 1Q; Good Syracuse duel at the Garden: Waiters, 5-7 FG, 10 pts; Melo, 6-7 FG, 14 pts; Cavs shooting well - 55 pct FG, but Knicks shooting really well -- 71 pct FG; Jack, 3-5 FG, 8 pts, 2 asst; Delly, trey off the bench.

2:39, 1Q - CLE 24, NYK 22 ... Cavs took Knicks' early 7-0 blow, but bounced back behind strong games for backcourt -- Jack, Waiters, combined 7-of-10 FG -- each 8 pts; Jack, 2 asst; Deng, back in lineup with 4 pts; remember Waiters at All-Star weekend talking about "owing" the Knicks after 31-point beating in late January? Was kidding then, but not tonight.

PREGAME ... Cavaliers come in having dropped four straight, looking to catch a red-hot Knicks team that clobbered them in their last visit to MSG. Cleveland will get a much-needed lift with Luol Deng giving it a go after missing three straight with an injured left ankle. Kyrie is still out with a biceps injury and CJ Miles, after a short stint vs. Miami, is also out tonight. Knicks riding an eight-game win streak and sit 2.5 games behind the Hawks for the final playoff spot; Cavs are 6.5 games behind.

Dion Waiters putting the caps on a very strong sophomore season. He was the East's top-scoring reserve for most of the season, is currently averaging 24.3 points, 7.7 assists and 3.3 boards in his last three starts. He had a nice rhythm with his draft classmate, Tyler Zeller -- who finished with a career-high 23 pts -- last night against Houston. Andy's rounding back into form after returning from a back injury, grabbing at least 11 boards in three of his last four games. Cleveland's reserves tallied 52 points last night, their 13th game over the 50-point plateau. Delly was a big part of it -- tallying his second straight double-double. The last Cavs player to record consecutive point-assist double-doubles off the bench was John Morton -- 23 years ago.

Starting lineup: G Jack, G Waiters, F Deng, F Thompson, F Hawes