Joe G's Running Game Blog
FINAL - CLE 97, DET 96 ... Dion Waiters splashes home a 19-foot jumper at the buzzer and Cavs win third straight, scoring the last seven points of the night. Second straight big fourth quarter comeback to stymie Pistons. Dion finishes with 18 pts,including game-winner; Jarrett Jack, huge in closing minutes, finishes with 17 pts, scored 5 straight to get to Dion's buzzer-beater; Delly comes through with a career-high 21 points. Easily one of the best road wins of the season.
Watch Highlight: Waiters Beats the Buzzer
3.2, 4Q - DET 96, CLE 95 ... Jennings' jumper rattles out, Cavs will get last possession, great late run -- offensively and defensively for Wine and Gold. five on the floor to finish: Andy, Delly, Jack, Deng, Dion.
27.3, 4Q - DET 96, CLE 95 ... J.Jack scores 5 straight pts and Cavs within a point; officials looking at replay, although looked like a foul vs. Delly; Cavs have gone on a 10-2 run to get here; Delly, Andy, Gee all huge off Cavs bench.
1:40, 4Q - DET 96, CLE 90 ... Cavs on a late-game run trying to make final push, 1.5 on shot-clock after T.O.; four Cavs in double-figures.
First half highlights ...
Watch Highlight: Cavaliers vs. Pistons: First half
5:15, 4Q - DET 94, CLE 85 ... Cavs continuing to hang around, Waiters layup and going to the line after T.O., CLE within striking distance; Delly continues to impress, now with a career-high 21 pts - 7-8 FG, 5-6 3pt FG; Andy, double-double w/12 pts, 15 reb; Dion, 6-16, 14 pts.
End 3Q - DET 82, CLE 66 ... Cavs have their work cut out in 4Q after being outscored 31-16 in period; Cavs had shot 50+ pct FG in last three previous games, but cold tonight in DET, just 39 pct; they've also been exceptional defensively in 4Q lately and will need to be tonight; Delly leads CLE w/15 pts, 5-6 FG, 3-4 3pt FG; Andy leads everyone with 12 boards.
3:58, 3Q - DET 69, CLE 58 ... CLE off to a sluggish start in 3Q, Delly (13 pts), Dion (12) only two Cavs in double-figures; Andy leads everyone w/11 boards; Cavs shooting just 38 pct FG, DET, 48 pct; CLE, just 9 asst.
End 1H - DET 51, CLE 50 ... Since a slow start, Cavs have been aggressors and briefly took lead before half on Delly trey, Cavs close quarter on 22-14 run; second unit again comes in and changes the game's energy; Delly, 3-3 FG, 2-2 3pt FG, 10 pts off bench -- 8 in 2Q; Waiters, 4-9 FG, 10 pts, both teams shooting 46 pct FG; Andy, 8 pts, 10 reb off bench.
First half highlight Deng with a nice move ...
Watch Highlight: Stu-Stutter
5:15, 2Q - DET 37, CLE 35 ... I hope I'm not the only one who enjoys that this one is getting chippy like old Cavs-Pistons matchups. Zeller takes offense at terrible non-call on DRummond over the back, both get T'ed up. Zeller hasn't gotten the calls in two years, needs to draw a line; Cavs have cut 14-pt Pistons lead to a deuce; Waiters, Varejao, 8 pts apiece, Andy already with 10 boards.
End 1Q - DET 33, CLE 24 ... defensive lapse at the buzzer gives DET an easy two, but Cavs clawed back after bad start; Waiters, 2-4 FG, Andy, 3-3 lead Cavs w/6 pts apiece; Pistons shooting 58 pct, Cavs 41 pct FG; Pistons, 11 asst, Cavs, 2.
3:01, 1Q - DET 24, CLE 16 ... After jumping on TOR, Cavs slip back into falling behind big early -- Pistons shooting 59 pct FG, Cavs, 40 pct; Deng leads CLE w/5 pts, 2-4 FG; Kyle Singler leads DET w/8 pts, but three Pistons already with 2 PF; DET, 4-5 3pt FG, Cavs, 0-5.
PREGAME ... Cavs take on the Pistons for the third time this season, with the final contest coming on April 9 at The Q. The last time these two squared off, Cleveland overcame a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to get the win -- their fourth straight in the final game before the All-Star break. Tristan Thompson scored 14 of his 25 points in the final period, adding a game-high 15 boards.
Cavs have held their last five opponents to just .250 shooting in the fourth quarter. Since February 8, Cavs are holding teams to 5th-lowest shooting pct in the NBA. Waiters comes in hot -- notching 20-plus points in a career-best four straight games, he's also averaging 6.4 assists in that span. Deng has been quietly hot over his last five, averaging 17.8 ppt, shooting .542 from beyond the arc; Jarrett Jack averaging 16.6 ppg over the last five.
Cavs have won four of last six games on the second night of a back-to-back -- will look to make it five of seven and three straight overall tonight in Motown.
Starting lineup: G Jack, G Waiters, F Deng, F Thompson, F Hawes