Joe G's Running Game Blog
FINAL - NOP 104, CLE 100 ... The Cavaliers led by a dozen points with 4:46 to play, but New Orleans closed the game on a 23-7 run to stun the Wine and Gold on Friday night in the Big Easy. Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 22 points and Jarrett Jack followed up with 19.
31.7, 4Q - NOP 100, CLE 98 ... Kyrie scores on a twisting layup to give CLE a one-point lead, but Gordon hits a corner 3pt to give NOP the edge right back.
1:29, 4Q - CLE 95, NOP 95 ... New Orleans on a 14-2 run have come all the way back to tie it; Cavs have gone gold from the floor over the last three minutes; Kyrie, now with 19 pts to lead CLE; Five on the floor: Kyrie, Jack, Thompson, Clark, Gee
3:19, 4Q - CLE 93, NOP 88 ... Holiday cans a three to cap a 7-0 New Orleans run; Mike Brown calls a quick TO.
Second half highlight - Kyrie scores on the tough and-1 ...
4:44, 4Q - CLE 93, NOP 81 ... Cavs starting to pull away behind J. Jack and Kyrie, now w/17 pts apiece; Earl Clark still red-hot from beyond the arc, 11 pts, 3-5 3pt FG; just solid contributions from everyone tonight; most complete road effort of the season.
8:57, 4Q - CLE 79, NOP 75 ... Cavs quietly get 4-7 3pt FG shooting from Clark-Karasev -- two of many reasons Cavs bench has been so good this, outscoring 10 of their first 12 opponent's reserves; J. Jack has been the perfect veteran addition to Cleveland, 12 pts, 6-8 FG; CLE bench leading tonight, 42-27.
Second half highlight - Alonzo Gee cuts through traffic off a nice feed from Andrew Bynum and scores ...
End 3Q - CLE 71, NOP 70 ... Fun, competitive game in New Orleans -- Cavs hustling, playing good D and getting contributions from everywhere; Waiters got 10 of his 14 in the second quarter; Kyrie behind with 13 pts; Tristan 12 pts, 7 reb; Bynum, 18 minutes, 3-5 FG, 8 pts, 4 asst, 2 blk; NOP still up 15-0 on the FB.
Check out some First half highlights ...
2:55, 3Q - CLE 64, NOP 63 ... Cavs second unit comes out of TO cold; need Waiters (14 pts), Karasev (6) to heat back up; Cavs defense has been strong tonight, but still getting beat up on the fastbreak, 15-0.
First half highlight - Jarrett Jack drills the buzzer-beater to end the first half ...
5:35, 3Q - CLE 64, NOP 57 ... Kyrie getting it going, now with 13 pts, 5-11 FG; Cavs shooting 55 pct, holding NOP to 39 pct; Tristan, 12 pts, 7 reb; Bynum, 8 pts, 4 asst, 2 blk.
First half highlight - Kyrie Irving blows by the defense and scores ...
End 1H - CLE 51, NOP 42 ... Jarrett Jack does it again at a quarter buzzer goes lenghth of the floor with 3.6, Pelicans didn't stop ball, Jack hits the shot at halftime buzzer. Dion Waiters nets 10 pts in 2Q and Cavs playing aggressively tonight, getting contributions from everywhere. Karasev, 2 treys off bench; Jack, 6 pts, 3-5 FG; in the starting frontcourt, Bynum w/8 pts, 3-4 FG; Thompson, 4-6 FG, 8 pts; Cavs are +15 with Bynum on the floor. Great effort tonight.
7:03, 2Q - CLE 32, NOP 27 ... Cavs bringing plenty of energy, intensity tonight, Mike Brown going deep into his bench and it's working. Karasev, pair of 3-pointers, one from each corner. Andy, 7 reb, getting his hands on everything; Jack, 4 pts; Waiters, 5 pts. Sor far, gotta belive Mike Brown's happy with his team's effort tonight. It's obvious they got the message.
End 1Q - NOP 21, CLE 20 ... Bynum leads CLE w/8 pts, 3-3 FG; Thompson, 2-3 FG, 4 pts; Jack, 4 pts off the bench; Mike Brown has gone with 10 players already. NOP closes 1Q on a 12-2 run.
3:35, 1Q - CLE 16, NOP 11 ... It's a night -- maybe a weekend -- for firsts. We get a Dellavedova start on Friday, rookie Carrick Felix is at the scorer's table, ready to check in for the first time as a Cavalier, and Mike Brown mentioned at yesterday's practice that Bynum could play in both games of the back-to-back this weekend. Fans are going to like Felix, I think. He was impressive in Summer League. Can hit the corner three. Loves to run the floor. Smart. Can defend. Is going to be a Mike Brown guy.
5:54 - CLE 16, NOP 6 ... Andrew Bynum off to a great start -- 3-3 FG, 8 pts; Tristan, 2-2 FG, 4 pts. Jack, Varejao, Waiters check in.
Pregame - CJ Miles is OUT for tonight's contest, back in Cleveland getting treatment after straining his right calf against Washington on Wednesday. Matthew Dellavedova, an undrafted rookie, will make his first start with the Cavaliers tonight after an impressive two stints off the bench in both games against Washington. He'll give Kyrie -- who also has Australian citizenship -- a chance to play some off the ball. Alonzo Gee also back into the starting lineup.
This is a matchup between two of the youngest teams in the league. The Cavs gets 55.1 percent of their points by players under 25. The Pelicans get 68.7 percent from their youngsters.
Tonight's starters: G Irving G Dellavedova F Gee F Thompson C Bynum