Joe G's Running Game Blog
FINAL - NOP 100, CLE 89 ... The Cavaliers went cold to close the second quarter, not scoring in the final 5:25 of the half as New Orleans went up double-digits to stay. Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 23 points and Tyler Zeller doubled-up with 13 points and 10 boards in a spot-start for Anderson Varejao. Dion Waiters came off the bench to notch 21 points and Anthony Bennett finished with career-highs in minutes (31), points (15), and rebounds (8).
2:45, 4Q - NOP 99, CLE 82 ... Rough night for the Cavs, but very good night for Anthony Bennett, who looked aggressive and confident -- season-highs in minutes (28), points (13) and one away from season-high in boards (7).
Game highlights - Waiters gets the steal and throws down ...
End 3Q - NOP 83, CLE 65 ... Pelicans shooting 61 pct and extend lead to 18; Cavs shooting 40 pct FG, Mike Brown trying various lineups but with similar results; three Cavs in double-figures -- Waiters leads Cavs w/18 pts, 8-11 FG, 2-3 3pt FG; Kyrie, 16 pts; Zeller, double-double, 13 pts, 10 reb, 2 asst, 1 stl.
5:02, 3Q - NOP 73, CLE 56 ... Kyrie heating up in 3Q, but Cavs defense still MIA -- NOP shooting 60 pct FG; Kyrie leads Cavs w/15 pts; Zeller, double-double w/13 pts, 10 reb; Waiters, 6-9 FG, 13 pts; Eric Gordon leads everyone with 20 pts, 8-15 FG; Cavs shooting 55 pct FT; Anthony Davis, 8 blocked shots, one off career-high.
End 2Q - NOP 56, CLE 44 ... Cavs scored last at the 5:25 mark of the 2Q and now trail by a dozen; NOP now shooting 59 pct FG, Cavs shooting 43 pct; Anthony Davis already with six blocks; Zeller, close to double-double, 11 pts, 9 reb, 2 asst; Waiters, 5-6 FG, 11 pts off bench.
End 1Q - CLE 29, NOP 26 ... Both teams shooting well after 1Q, CLE 58 pct FG, NOP, 55 pct; Zeller, good start in place of Andy, 6 pts, 4 reb, 2 asst; Kyrie leads Cavs w/7 pts; Deng, 3-3 FG, 6 pts, Waiters, 3-3 FG, 6 pts off bench; Anthony Bennett got a short run at end of 1Q.
3:56, 1Q - CLE 19, NOP 15 ... Zeller looking very good in place of Andy, who's OUT with a left knee contusion and hyperextension suffered on Sunday. Zeller, 3-5 FG, 6 pts, 4 reb, 1 asst, 1 stl; Kyrie, 4 pts; Cavs shooting 60 pct FG.
Pregame - Cavs close out the five-game homestand and their season series with the Pelicans tonight at The Q. In the first meeting, the Cavs shot a then-season high 53 percent, but dropped a 104-100 decision in New Orleans.
Cavs come in as the top offensive rebounding team in the league in January (14.2 rpg). Anderson Varejao was listed as questionable with the knee injury he suffered in the fourth quarter on Sunday and Zeller will likely get the start in his place.
Mike's pregame presser, talking about Tyler Zeller's growth and what makes Anthony Davis special ...
Tonight's starters: G Irving, G Miles, F Deng, F Thompson, C Zeller