Joe G's Running Game Blog

February 3, 2014
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Joe Gabriele

FINAL - DAL 124, CLE 107 ... The Cavaliers cut Dallas' lead to just a deuce early in the third quarter, but Dallas used an 11-4 run to end the period and pulled away for the 124-107 win to keep Cleveland winless on the three-game roadtrip. The Wine and Gold featured seven players in double-figures, led by Kyrie Irving's 27-point effort.

First half highlights ...

End 3Q - DAL 94, CLE 79 ... Dallas still shhooting it well from the floor, 54 pct FG, 53 pct 3pt FG; Cavs shooting 46 pct FG; five Cavs in double-figures -- Kyrie (19 pts), Tristan (15), Deng and Bennett (11), Andy (10).

1:15, 3Q - DAL 91, CLE 76 ... It's been a game of runs so far -- not surprising considering how many 3s the Mavs take. DAL now on an 11-4 run; Cavs need to close quarter strong heading to 4th; four Cavs starters in double-figures, led by Kyrie (19 pts).

3:01, 3Q - DAL 80, CLE 72 ... Cavs cut it to four early in the 3Q, but DAL hasn't given up the lead; Kyrie leads CLE w/19 pts; Tristan, 13 pts, Deng w/10 pts.

End 1H - DAL 59, CLE 52 ... Cavs counter Mavs run with a 13-7 to close the half; Kyrie now w/13 to lead CLE; Anthony Bennett, 8 pts off bench; Varejao, Deng, Tristan, CJ Miles -- all with 6 pts apiece; Dirk leads everyone w/16 pts; CLE shooting 43 pct FG; DAL, 54 pct FG.

4:13, 2Q - DAL 52, CLE 39 ... Dallas goes on a 10-2 run after timeout, now lead by a baker's dozen; Dirk now leads everyone w/14 pts -- averaging 36.0 pts, 11 reb over last three games; Kyrie still leads Cavs with 8 pts.

5:55, 2Q - DAL 42, CLE 37 ... Dallas shooting 53 pct FG, 67 pct 3pt FG; Cavs, 42 pct FG; Kyrie leads CLE w/8 pts; CJ Miles, 8 pts off bench; Dallas out-rebounding Cavs, 20-10.

End 1Q - DAL 27, CLE 25 ... Kyrie and Montae Ellis leading respective teams with 8 pts -- Kyrie, also 2 asst, 1 blk; CJ Miles playing in front of friends and family, 1-1 3pt, 3 pts offf the bench

2:41, 1Q - DAL 23, CLE 22 ... Kyrie leads CLE w/8 pts, 3-5 FG; Cavs shooting an even 50 pct; Montae Ellis also w/8 pt for DAL.

Pregame - Cavs finish up the season series with Dallas tonight after dropping the first game, 102-97, at The Q on Martin Luther King Day. Good news for the Cavs is that Anderson Varejao is a go for tonight, but he'll be on a 25-minute restriction and will be evaluated in game for any adjustment to that. For the Mavs, it looks like Shawn Marion will be out for tonight.

Cavs come in having dropped six of their last seven as they wrap up the three-game mini-road trip. Wine and Gold still have the second-highest scoring bench in the Eastern Conference and much of that has to do with Dion Waiters, who's averaging 20.3 ppg over his last three contests. In that span, he's shooting .595 from the floor and .636 from beyond the arc. Anderson comes into tonight's game needing just 10 points and one rebound away from 4,000 in his career. In the last metting with Dallas, Andy finished with 18 points, 21 boards, four assists and a pair of steals.

Starting lineup for tonight: G Jack, G Irving, F Deng, F Thompson, C Varejao