Joe G's Running Game Blog
FINAL - CLE 114, BKN 85 ... The Cavaliers wrapped up their season in style, walloping a shorthanded Nets team to close the campaign with the one-sided win; all starters in double-figures, but Zeller leads Cleveland with 22 points and 10 boards off the bench; Tristan Thompson also turned in a double-double, his team-leading 36th of the season, with 11 points and 10 boards in limited action; Dion Waiters finished with 19 points and Kyrie Irving added 15 in the season-ending victory; Spencer Hawes and rookie Carrick Felix added 10 points apiece.
End 3Q - CLE 81, BKN 64 ... Cavs take control in 3Q, outscore BKN, 30-15, in period; Waiters now leads all scorers w/19 pts; Tristan, third straight double-double, 36th on the season -- 11 pts, 10 reb; Kyrie, 6-12 FG, 15 pts; Hawes, 10 pts, 7 reb, 3 asst; Cavs beating up BKN in the paint -- 40-28, Zeller, 8 pts, 5 reb off bench. Rookie Carrick Felix starts the fourth quarter for Cavs.
Game highlight T.T. with the flush ...
Watch Highlight: Thompson Putback Slam
2:58, 3Q - CLE 76, BKN 62 ... Cavs starting to flex muscles a little bit in 3Q, now up two touchdowns; four of five starters in double-figures -- Dion leads CLE w/16 pts, 6-10 FG; Kyrie, 15 pts, 5 asst; Tristan, 11 pts, 9 reb; Hawes, 10 pts, 7 reb; Cavs shooting 53 pct FG, holding BKN to 43 pct, 12 turnovers.
Game highlight Cavs sharing the rock ...
Watch Highlight: Cavs Passing Clinic
End 1H - CLE 51, BKN 49 ... Cavs shoot 54 pct in 1H, but should have more seperation over shorthanded Nets; Dion leads CLE w/12, 5-6 FG; Tristan looking for third straight double-double, 9 pts, 5 reb; Zeller, 3-3 FG, 7 pts off bench; Kyrie 7 pts, 4 asst.
2:44, 2Q - CLE 44, BKN 43 ... Brooklyn cuts into CLE's lead on Fan App Night -- Marcus Thornton leading all scorers with 14 pts; Dion, 4-5 FG, leads Cavs w/10 pts; Zeller, 3-3 FG, 7 pts off bench; Kyrie, 7 pts, 4 asst; Tristan, 7 pts, 5 reb.
End, 1Q - CLE 33, BKN 21 ... Yes, Brooklyn is resting all their starters for the postseason, but Cavs still sharp -- nice to see Anthony Bennett back in the lineup -- threw down a huge dunk off feed from Jack; three Cavs with at least 7 pts -- Waiters, 3-4 FG, 8 pts; Kyrie, 7 pts, 2 asst, Tristan, 7 pts, 4 reb.
PREGAME ... Cavs close out the 2013-14 campaign tonight at The Q, looking to end the season on a high note after dropping the previous two. The Cavs opened the season with a 98-94 win over Brooklyn and would love to bookend the season with another one over the Nets.
A pair of players coming off some nice honors, specifically Luol Deng, who became the third Cavalier to win the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award this week for his tireless work in Sudan, the U.K. and here in the States. Jarrett Jack was this year's winner of the Austin Carr Good Guy Award.
Tristan Thompson, who leads the squad with 35 double-doubles and has done so in consecutive games, will start his 82nd game of the season for the second straight year.