Joe G's Running Game Blog
FINAL - DAL 102, CLE 97 ... The Cavaliers cut the Mavericks' 24-point lead to just a bucket in the fourth quarter, but couldn't get over the top, falling to Dallas, 102-97, in their return to The Q following a five-game road trip; Anderson Varejao doubled-up with 18 points and 21 boards and Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 26 points in the loss.
17.5, 4Q - DAL 98, CLE 95 ... Jarrett Jack splits a pair -- (Cavs have not shot well from stripe in 4Q), but Cavs still in this; will have to foul; Varejao, 16 pts, 20 reb; Kyrie, 26 pts to lead everyone.
4:22, 4Q - DAL 87, CLE 84 ... Between Andy and Tristan down low and Kyrie on the perimeter, Cavs have come almost all the way back, Cavs on an 8-2 run; Andy working on another huge game -- 14 pts, 18 reb, 4 asst
7:51, 4Q - DAL 85, CLE 76 ... Cavs still trying to make a move -- Jack's trey cuts it to single-figs; Varejao, double-double - 11 pts, 12 reb; Kyrie, now w/8 assist; Jack w/5 pts off bench, but reserves just 3-15 FG on the afternoon.
End 3Q - DAL 79, CLE 66 ... Cavs make it manageable headed to final period; Kyrie scores 16 in 3Q; DAL's Dalembert - strained left shoulder and he's out for the remainder; three Cavs in double-figs (Kyrie, 24; Deng, 14, Thompson, 12), but just two total pts off the bench; Andy leads both teams w/10 reb; Cavs, just 3-17 3pt FG; and yes, that's Tribe skipper, Terry Francona sitting with Mark Cuban.
3:19, 3Q - DAL 75, CLE 65 ... Mr. Third Quarter? Kyrie Irving has caught fire and now has 16 pts in the quarter, leads everyone w/24 pts and Cavs cut DAL lead to just 10; Kyrie now 9-of-18 FG, 2-of-5 3pt, 4-4 FT. Cavs on a 7-2 run.
Some first half highlights ...
5:13, 3Q - DAL 73, CLE 58 ... Cavs shooting the ball better, but trading baskets with Mavs; Blair just got T'ed up headed back to DAL huddle; Kyrie, 9 pts so far in 3Q, leads CLE w/17 pts; Deng, 14 pts, Tristan, 12; Cavs, highest scoring bench in Eastern Conference, just 2 pts (J. Jack) so far today.
End 1H - DAL 59, CLE 37 ... Not much else to say about that 2Q, Cavs outscored 29-14 in the period and now trail by 22; Deng, only Cavalier in double-figures, 11 pts, but Cavs are shooting just 34 pct FG (DAL - 55 pct); six turnovers for CLE in 2Q; Tristan, Kyrie, 8 pts apiece; DAL outrebounding CLE, 24-13; Pts in the paint - DAL 24, CLE 14.
First half highlight - Luol Deng's first bucket as a Cavalier ...
5:25, 2Q - DAL 45, CLE 31 ... Cavs looking like a team coming off a five-game trip; DAL shooting 56 pct FG, two players in double-figs and Dirk and Ellis with 9 apiece; Kyrie leads CLE w/8pts, 5 asst; Deng w/7; Tristan, CJ, 6 pts apiece; Second-chance pts - DAL 7, CLE 0
End 1Q - DAL 30, CLE 23 ... Jarrett Jack's jumper stops the bleeding, but Dallas still closes 1Q on an 11-6 run; Deng leads Cavs w/7 pts, 2-2 FG, 1-1 3 pt FG, 2-2 FT; CJ Miles, 6 pts; Andy, 2 pts, 2 reb, 2 asst, 1 stl; Cavs getting outrebounded, 13-6.
5:58, 1Q - DAL 14, CLE 12 ... Mavs shooting 67 pct FG and only lead by two; still, Tristan's going to have his hands full with Dirk all day; CJ Miles picking up where he left off before trip, leads CLE w/6 pts, 2-2 FG; Deng hits his first FG at The Q.
Pregame - Cavs, coming off a 3-2 West Coast trip, meet Mavericks for the first time this year (second matchup will be the day after the Super Bowl). Today's MLK Day matinee -- a first at The Q -- marks the start of Cleveland's longest homestand of the season.
The Cavs have won four of their last six and have averaged 111 points per game in those victories. The win over Denver to wrap up the trip was Cleveland's sixth win against the Western Conference this year. Only Miami, Indiana and Atlanta have wore wins vs. the West.
Tristan Thompson looking for his fourth straight double-double and his 20th of the season. Right now, his 19 are the second-best in the Eastern Conference. He and Andy are combining for an 20.0 boards per contest, also good for second in the Conference behind Detroit's Drummond and Monroe.
Today marks the Quicken Loans Arena debut for Luol Deng and it should be fun to hear the ovation he gets coming off the Cavs big road trip. Deng averaged 18.4 ppg, going an even 8-for-16 from beyond the arc.
In Mike's pregame presser, he talks about the effect Deng has had on the floor and in the locker room and discusses what he liked about his team on the West Coast sojourn.
Starting lineup for today: G Irving, G Miles, F Deng, F Thompson, C Varejao