Joe G's Running Game Blog

November 2, 2013
by Joe Gabriele Managing Editor

FINAL - IND 89, CLE 74 ... The Cavaliers kept climbing back through three quarters, but the Pacers outscored Cleveland, 27-19, in the fourth quarter and ran away with the 89-74 win on Saturday night in Indiana. Dion Waiters led the Wine and Gold with 17 points, Kyrie Irving followed with 15, Anderson Varejao with 14. Cleveland shot just 35 percent from the floor. CJ Miles and Jarrett Jack finished with eight points apiece.

5:13, 4Q - IND 81, CLE 65 ... Cavs shooting just 35 percent and Indiana's starting to open this one up. See if the Cavs have one more push for the homestretch. Miles, Jack, each with 8 pts off the bench.

End 3Q - IND 62, CLE 55 ... Ending quarters strong on the road is HUGE and the Cavs just cut another double-digit lead to seven heading to the fourth. Three Cavs (Waiters, 15, Varejao, 12, Irving, 10) in double-figures. CLE holding Pacers to 40 percent FG, but shooting just 33 themselves. Jack, Gee, Zeller, Thompson, Miles on the floor to start 4th.

5:11, 3Q - IND 52, CLE 45 ... The good news is that David West might be on the bench for the rest of the 3Q with 4 PF; the bad news is the score you just read. Cavs staying within arm's length after Indy scored first 5 points of the quarter. Waiters, Varejao, combined 27 of Cleveland's 45 pts.

End 1H - IND 43, CLE 37 ... Could be worse for shooting 31 percent FG against the Pacers. Cavs do have 8 steals -- five combined for Waiters (3) and Varejao (2). Those two are also carrying the scoring load, especially Waiters -- having his strongest quarter of the season: 15 pts, 6-16 FG. Cavs giving up more middle penetration tonight and they're probably getting several pointers about that in the locker room right now. They've take Pacers' best shot so far, were down 11 and are within striking distance coming out of half.

3:15, 1Q - IND 34, CLE 34 ... Andy (8 pts) provided the offense early, now Dion Waiters (12 pts, 3 stls) is keeping the Cavaliers in it. He and Kyrie with back-to-back and-1's to keep Cavs within striking distance. Cut 11-point deficit to four. Need to finish half strong ...

End 1Q - IND 20, CLE 16 ... Kinda ugly Central Division 1Q in Indy, Andy gets Cavs out to an early lead, but Hibbert and George (6 apeice) lead Pacers back. Varejao, 8 pts (3-4 FG), Waiters 6 pts; Zeller, only other Cavalier with a basket.

5:39, 1Q - CLE 12, IND 11 ... Anderson Varejao is red-hot, daring Hibbert to come out on him by going 3-3 FG, 2-2 FT for 8 pts. Rest of the squad is 3-of-11, but Cavs'll take the early lead.

Pregame - Same starters for tonight's matchup with Indiana -- G Irving, G Waiters, F Clark, F Thompson, C Varejao. Andrew Bynum will be inactive this evening; Sergey Karasev is active ... Tonight, the Cavs complete the first of 20 back-to-backs they'll play this season ... Cavs have lost six straight to the Pacers in Indy and six straight overall ... The last time the Wine and Gold played at Banker's Life Fieldhouse in the regular season -- April 9 -- the Pacers outscored Cleveland, 35-10, in the fourth quarter for the 99-94 win ... Cavs MUST get off to a solid start against Indiana ...