Joe G's Running Game Blog
FINAL - IND 82, CLE 78 ... Behind a scorching-hot Dion Waiters, the Cavaliers cut a 16-point fourth quarter deficit to just a point in the closing moments. But they couldn't get over the hump and dropped the 82-78 decision on Sunday night at The Q. Waiters scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter. CJ Miles led the Cavs with 21 points and Tristan Thompson doubled-up with 13 points and 10 boards.
6.9, 4Q - IND 81, CLE 78 ... Earl Clark steps on the out-of-bounds line on the in-bounds play, Cavs will have to foul.
7.9, 4Q - IND 81, CLE 78 ... Waiters game-tying drive attempt won't go, Hibbert grabs the board, is fouled but splits the pair. Cavs can tie ...
20.4, 4Q - IND 80, CLE 78 ... Roy Hibbert splits a pair on IND end, Waiters misses a three that would've put CLE up one, but Cavs get rebound, can used almost all of it on last possession.
3:10, 4Q - IND 75, CLE 74 ... Pacers had opened up a 16-pt lead before Dion Waiters caught fire midway through period -- just cans a trey to get Cavs to within one -- Waiters, nine pts in last 2:10.
End 3Q - IND 67, CLE 58 ... Bad end to the 2Q and 3Q tonight; Cavs were down two with1:34 in 3Q, Pacers go on a late 7-0 run. CJ still pacing Cavs, 21 pts; Tristan, 13 pts, 8 reb; Delly, nice night, 11 pts, 2-5 3pt FG
First half highlight - Delly beats the clock ...
5:37, 3Q - IND 53, CLE 50 ... CJ Miles still doing the heavy lifting for the Cavs, 21 pts on 8-of-10 shooting: Zeller leads Cavs w/7 reb off bench; Cavs still shooting poorly, but at least forcing Indy to, as well -- CLE 35 pct FG, IND, 37 pct.
First half highlight - Anthony Bennett throws down the put-back ...
End 1H - IND 44, CLE 35 ... Cavs poor close to 2Q, Pacers pull ahead behind Granger's trey; CJ Miles, only Cav in double-figures, 15 pts, but CLE shooting just 34 pct FG as a team.
5:47, 2Q - IND 32, CLE 31 ... CJ Miles picking up where he left off in 3Q last night in Brooklyn, now leads everyone w/15 pts, 6-7 FG, 2-3 3pt FG; the rest of the squad is 6-for-25.
End 1Q - IND 22, CLE 18 ... Cavs shooting just 30 pct FG in 1Q and already have 5 TO, but right in it with Indy after one; CJ Miles, 3-4 FG, 8 pts to lead CLE; Dion, Zeller, 2 pts apiece off bench.
2:26, 1Q - IND 16, CLE 10 ... Delly, getting the start in place of an injured Irving and Jack, 1-2 3pt FG, 3 pts, but Cavs shooting just 24 pct FG; Tristan, 4 reb; Hibbert, West, 4 pts apiece for Indy.
Pregame - The Cavaliers come into tonight's game thin at the point guard, with the late scratch of Jarrett Jack -- out tonight with back spasms. Kyrie is still nursing the left knee contusion he suffered the last two times these clubs met.
This is the third of four meetings for these two, with the final matchup coming on March 30. The only question about tonight is whether the Cavs and Pacers can settle this in four quarters. The Cavs last three home games have all gone to overtime (double-OT vs. Atlanta), the first time that's happened in franchise history. Varejao comes into tonight's contest averaging 18.5 boards per game over his last two and is five boards away from moving past LeBron James and into the No. 4 spot in career rebounding for the franchise. Dion Waiters comes into tonight as the highest scoring bench player in the Eastern Conference at 16.2 ppg as a reserve. The Cavs will need his offense and playmaking vs. the East's best team tonight.
Starting lineup: G Dellavedova, G Miles, F Clark, F Thompson, C Varejao