Joe G's Running Game Blog

January 2, 2014
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Joe G's Running Game Blog

FINAL - CLE 87, ORL 81 ... The Cavaliers trailed by nine with just over a minute to play in regulation but tied it on Dion Waiters' drive with 0.6 to play. Anderson Varejao capped a monster night, scoring six of Cleveland's eight points in overtime to seal the six-point win, snapping a six-game losing streak. Andy set a career- and Quicken Loans Arena-high with 25 rebounds to go with 18 points.

1:34 OT - CLE 85, ORL 81 ... Anderson Varejao having a monster night -- just set a career- and Quicken Loans Arena record, grabbing his 24th rebound. He also just canned a 17-footer that put Cleveland up 4 in OT; Andy, Tristan, both with 16 pts; Jack, Miles, 14 pts; Waiters leads everyone w/17 off the bench.

End 4Q - ORL 79, CLE 79 ... Afflalo's three-point attempt grazes back iron and we're going to another overtime game -- third straight at The Q.

0.6, 4Q - ORL 79, CLE 79 ... Dion Waiters gets around Afflalo and scores on a layup to tie the game.

8.7, 4Q - ORL 79, CLE 77 ... E'Twaun Moore misses a pair of free throws and the Cavaliers have a chance to tie the affair on the final possession. Jacques Vaughn is livid at the call, thought Big Baby was fouled by Andy. Cavs have gone to OT in three of last four previous home contests.

2:35 4Q - ORL 76, CLE 68 ... Cavs trying to get a run going here down the stretch, Oladipo hits to jumpers to stall runs; Thompson, Varejao - double-doubles; Tristan, 16 pts, 10 reb; Andy, 10 pts, game-high 18 reb; Cavs shooting declined all night - just 11 pts so far in 4Q; CJ Miles, 14 pts; Waiters, 11 off bench.

Enjoy some first half highlights ...

End 3Q - ORL 62, CLE 57 ... sloppy end to 3Q for Cavs, now trail by five after 3Q; Tristan, CJ Miles, 14 pts apiece; Andy leads everyone w/12 boards; Cavs now shooting just 37 pct, ORL up to 42 pct; Jack moved into starting lineup hurts second team, but 8 pts combined from a bench that averages 40 is not going to get it done.

First half highlight - Tristan Thompson throws down at the buzzer ...

3:48, 3Q - ORL 53, CLE 52 ... still neck-and-neck through 2 1/2Q; Trsitan Thompson, 12 pts, 8 reb; Andy, 8 pts, 11 reb; CJ Miles w/11 pts, 2-3 3pt FG; both teams shooting 39 pct; Cavs bench averages almost 40 ppg, so far just 8 tonight.

End 1H - CLE 41, ORL 39 ... Tight 1H at The Q, both teams shooting around 40 pct FG all night; Jarrett Jack, 9 pts in place of Irving; Miles, 8 pts; Tristan, 8 pts -- including dunk at the buzzer -- plus 5 reb; highlight of 1H might have been Delly wrestling with Big Baby Davis for a loose ball - they jumped it up and Cavs won tip; Cavs topping ORL in the paint (22-14) and on the boards (25-18).

5:17, 2Q - CLE 33, ORL 32 ... backcourt starting to get going - Miles w8pts, Jack, 7 pts; Tristan, 6 pts, 4 reb; Cavs outscoring ORL, 14-9, in 2Q; as Joe Tait would say: "They won't be sending this game film to Springfield."

End 1Q - ORL 23, CLE 19 ... Like the traffic outside, this one doesn't have a very good flow; CLE shooting 33 pct; CJ Miles w/5 pts to lead Cavs; Thompson, Clark, 4 pts apiece; ORL, 3-6 3pt FG.

5:31, 1Q - ORL 14, CLE 13 ... Cavs shooting an even 50 pct, but down one in early-going; Clark, Thompson, 4 pts apiece; Jack, 2 asst in spot start for Kyrie.

Pregame - Kyrie Irving will miss his first game of the season after suffering a left a knee contusion on Tuesday against the Pacers. Nothing serious, but the team wants to get him some more treatment and rest. Jarrett Jack will get the start in his place.

This is the Cavs second metting with the Magic this season. Cleveland topped them in Orlando, 109-100, on December 13. Cavs come in with the highest scoring bench in the East (39.7 ppg) but that'll take a hit with Jack moving up to the starter's role.

Here's Mike Brown's pregame presser in which he talks a bit about making due without his All-Star point guard.

Starting lineup tonight against Orlando: G Jack, G Miles, F Clark, F Thompson, C Varejao