Joe G's Running Game Blog
FINAL - CLE 93, DET 89 ... The Cavaliers Class of 2011 took over for the Cavs in the fourth quarter, with Tristan Thompson netting 14 points in the fourth -- finishing with 25 points and 15 boards as the Wine and Gold won their fourth straight for the first time since March, 2010. Kyrie netted 11 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 23 overall as the Cavaliers head into the All-Star Break on a heater.
27.2, 4Q - CLE 89, DET 85 ... After Singler's two FT, Kyrie cans a 27-footer at the shot-clock buzzer to give Cavs biggest lead of the night; Irving w/16 pts.
59.5, 4Q - CLE 86, DET 83 ... Tristan Thompson has been an absolute beast in the paint in the 4Q, now with 14 pts in the period, leads everyone w/25.
2:12, 4Q - DET 81, CLE 80 ... Cavs knotted the game at 80-apiece, but still can't quite get over the top; Kyrie and Tristan looking sharp individually and together, Irving headed to the stripe after the TO; Tristan leads everyone with 21 pts, 12 reb; Kyrie, 14 pts; Jarrett Jack, game-high 8 assists.
6:27, 4Q - DET 76, CLE 74 ... Detroit keeps threatening to pull away, Cavs keep clawing back -- Kyrie pull-up and sweet dish to Tristan have Cavs right back in it with nice 8-0 run; Tristan, closing in on another double-double, 15 pts, 9 reb.
End 3Q - DET 66, CLE 59 ... Cavs got off to a good start in 3Q, but both teams looked ready for the All-Star Break in second half of 3Q; Kyrie, 12 pts, but 4-12 FG; Tristan, 11 pts, 8 reb; Jack, 9 pts, 6 asst; Cavs had 30 assists last night, have 10 so far tonight; CLE shooting 34 pct FG.
6:01, 3Q - DET 57, CLE 53 ... Zeller, 6 pts in 3Q and the Cavs are right back in it, shooting 6-9 from the floor in 3Q; Kyrie, Tristan lead CLE w/11 pts apiece.
End 1H - DET 51, CLE 40 ... Cavs a step slow tonight and not shooting well, but DET's not looking extra-sharp either; Tristan leads CLE w/9 pts to go w/5 reb; Kyrie, Waiters, 7 pts apiece; Deng, 6 reb; Cavs definitely missing Andy's size and energy tonight; CLE, 32 pct FG, DET, 46 pct; Monroe, Josh Smith, 25 of DET's 51 pts.
5:39, 2Q - DET 37, CLE 32 ... Pistons come back to Earth and Cavs get back in it with more good contribution from the bench -- Dion now leads CLE w/7 pts; Earl Clark takes advantage of opportunity, 5 pts, 2-2 FG; Henry Sims, 4 reb, solid Georgetown big man defense.
End 1Q - DET 28, CLE 22 ... Cavs looking heavy-legged in 1Q, shooting 33 pct FG, Monroe having his way, 5-6 FG, 11 pts, 3 asst, 2 reb; Tristan leads CLE w/6 pts; Dion w/5 off bench.
2:29, 1Q - DET 26, CLE 15 ... Greg Monroe going to work in 1Q, 5-6 FG, 11 pts, in attack mode; Tristan, 6 pts, 3 reb, but with his hands full so far.
Pregame - Raise your hand if you thought -- one week ago -- that tonight's Cavs-Pistons game would have some serious signficance in the Central Division. Both the Cavs and Pistons looking to win their fourth straight headed to the All-Star Break. Pistons looking to win their eighth straight over Cleveland. The Pistons are .5 games out of the 8th playoff spot, the Cavs are four games back, with New York between the Cavs and Detroit.
Dion Waiters will head to the Rising Stars Challenge as the East's top bench scorer (3rd in the NBA) at 14.7 ppg; last night he really played in a good rhythm with both Kyrie and Delly; Luol Deng coming off his fifth 20-plus point game as a Cavalier, including a subtle team-leading 22 in last night's win over Sacramento; Anthony Bennett coming off his first career double-double last night; averaging 10.8 ppg over the last five games, looking confident, comfortable, aggressive; Cavs averaging 106.0 ppg over the last five, looking to win their fourth straight since March, 2010.
Andy is OUT tonight with a sore back and didn't travel with the team. CJ Miles (foot) was a game-time decision, and it looks like he's going to go.
Tonight's starters: G Jack, G Irving, F Deng, F Thompson, C Zeller