Joe G's Running Game Blog

December 4, 2013
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Joe G's Running Game Blog

FINAL - CLE 98, DEN 88 ... The Cavaliers went nearly wire-to-wire on Wednesday night, halting the Nuggets' win streak at seven games with the double-digit win at The Q. Tristan Thompson had a monster night with a career-high 21 rebounds to go with 17 points. Anderson Varejao also doubled-up with 18 points and 13 boards. Not to be overlooked by the bigs, Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 23 points on 9-of-19 shooting. The Cavaliers have now won two straight and head to Atlanta on Friday night.

2:33, 4Q - CLE 94, DEN 83 ... Couple more stops and the Wine and Gold can wrap this up; dominant performance for Cavs bigs - Thompson, career-high 21 reb, 17 pts, 3 blk; Varejao, 16 pts, 12 reb; Bynum, 14 pts, 7 reb, 1 blk in just 20 min.

5:02, 4Q - CLE 92, DEN 81 ... Cavs missed a couple chippies or the score could be more lopsided; Cavs have imposed their game on the Nuggets; Tristan (15 pts, 20 reb) and Andy (16, 10) with double-doubles; Kyrie leads all scorers with 23; Five on the floor in stretch time: Irving, Waiters, Jack, Thompson, Varejao

Second half highlight - Kyrie spins to the rim ...

End 3Q - CLE 79, DEN 73 ... Three Cavs in double-figures, led by Kyrie, 23 pts, 9-16 FG; Tristan, 11 pts, season-high-tying 16 reb; Byunum 14 pts, 7 reb; Cavs beating DEN on boards, 44-33, and on second-chance pts, 18-7.

First half highlight - Anderson Varejao goes baseline ...

3:27, 3Q - CLE 70, DEN 65 ... Kyrie leads everyone with 23 pts; Tristan, 111 pts, 16 reb; Cavs have only allowed 12 FB points to DEN; Andy, 8 pts, 4-4 FG, 7 reb; Bynum was killing J.J. in the post, Nuggets countered with Mozgov; Cavs closing 3Q with three guards.

End 1H - CLE 56, DEN 52 ... Good one at The Q, Class of 2011 cleaning up for Cavs: Tristan already doubled-up, 11 pts, 13 reb; Kyrie lead everyone with 17 pts to go with 4 asst; Andy 4-4 FG, 8 pts, 6 reb off bench; Cavs shooting 71 pct FG (5-7) from 3pt range; Cavs beating up Nuggets on 2nd chance pts - 12-3.

5:23, 2Q - CLE 45, DEN 37 ... Nate Robinson giving CLE fits, as he always does -- 6 pts in 2Q, 8 to lead DEN. Kyrie leads all scorers with 14 pts - 6-10 FG; Varejao, 4-4 FG, 8 pts off bench; both teams shooting 45 pct FG, Cavs, 4-6 3pt FG.

End 1Q - CLE 31, DEN 24 ... Impressive 1Q in Cleveland -- Cavs getting contributions from all over, including Anthony Bennett, who flashed some nice post moves, hit a three and looked comfortable putting the ball on the floor. Tristan Thompson finished the first with NINE boards. The last Cav to grab nine rebounds in the first quarter was Denver's starting C tonight, J.J. Hickson, in April 2011. Bynum, 2-4 FG, 6 pts; Bennett, 5 pts, 2-3 FG.

5:33, 1Q - CLE 19, DEN 15 ... Good energy so far and a good battle between the two best rebounders from the Class of 2011 -- Tristan and Kenneth Faried. Tristan getting the best of it so far, EIGHT boards so far. Bynum, 6 pts, Thompson & Irving, 5 pts apiece.

Pregame - Mike Brown's pregame presser in which he talked about Anthony Bennett's work ethic, his team's pieces fitting together and what it'll take to slow down the Nuggets, winners of seven straight.

Kyrie Irving averaged 27.0 ppg against the Nuggets last season and, in the two teams' last meeting at The Q, Alonzo Gee went 8-of-8 from the floor for 20 points. The Cavs bench has scored more than 50 points four of the last six games, but the Nuggets have the second-highest scoring set of reserves in the NBA.

Cavs starters: G Irving, G Miles, F Gee, F Thompson, C Bynum