Joe G's Running Game Blog
FINAL - CLE 102, TOR 100 ... Vasquez returns the favor, and throws away pass on final possession, Cavs take their second straight; ugly ending to a pretty sharp game by both teams; Waiters led Cavs with 24 pts, 7 asst; Tristan, 15 pts, 13 reb; Deng, 19 pts, 7 asst, 6 reb; Jack, 6-9 FG, 13 pts, 5 asst, 5 reb; Andy, 11 pts, 8 reb off bench; Cavs shoot 51 pct FG and out-rebounds TOR, 49-38.
7.8, 4Q - CLE 102, TOR 100 ... Andy throws errant in-bounds pass to Deng after Cavs almost get a five-second violation; Toronto with possession for last shot.
7.8, 4Q - CLE 102, TOR 100 ... DeRozan splits FT, Cavs with possession; TOR will foul, Cavs need to knock down FT to ice the win.
40.6, 4Q - CLE 102, TOR 97 ... Cavs offense slowed down in 2H, but defense (again) in 4Q has been incredible -- holding TOR to 23 pct in 4Q, have hit just two FT since Vasquez trey gave TOR one-point lead.
3:15, 4Q - CLE 101, TOR 96 ... Raps in penalty and Cavs shooting the rest of the way; two FT by Waiters (24 pts) gives CLE a little breathing space; Cavs impressive, 27 asst to 26 makes, but TOR even more so -- 30 assts on 34 buckets; Andy, 10 pts, 7 reb off bench.
5:28, 4Q - CLE 96, TOR 95 ... Toronto comes all the way back from 21 down to take a one-point lead on Vasquez trey; Jack jumper gives Cavs lead back, but it's white-knuckle time after coasting through 3Q; Waiters, 22 pts, 7 asst; Tristan, 15 pts, 12 reb; Deng, 16 pts, 7 asst, 6 reb; Cavs still shooting 53 pct FG; Lowry, 20 pts, 10 asst for TOR; Raptors, 14-of-28 from long-distance.
End 3Q - CLE 88, TOR 81 ... Casv get a huge trey by Deng at the buzzer to stem the tide -- Toronto cuts Cavs' 21-pt lead to 4 before Deng's shot; all Cavs starters in double-figures, led by Dion, 22 pts, 10-15 FG, 7 asst; Deng, 16 pts; Tristan, 31st double-double of season w/13 pts, 11 boards; Lowry, 20 pts for TOR; Cavs still beating TOR on boards, 37-23
First half highlights ...
Watch Highlights: First Half
8:11, 3Q - CLE 59, TOR 45 ... Tristan brings a little extra going against Valanciunas, now with 13 pts, 9 reb; Waiters, 15 pts, 6 asst; Deng, 11 pts, 5 asst; Hawes, 11 pts, 6 reb; Cavs firing on ALL pistons offensively over past five quarters, now shooting 63 pct FG -- 22 assists on 27 makes.
First half highlight Dion with the tough take ...
Watch Highlight: Dion Tough Layup
End 1H - CLE 59, TOR 45 ... Cavs carrying over second half of Sunday's win over NYK to Tuesday night -- Cavs shooting 58 pct in 1H after shooting 61 pct at the Garden, good, crisp ball movement; Waiters on his way to another double-double, 13 pts, 5 asst, but not the only one; Tristan, 9 pts, 8 reb; Jack, 7 pts, 4 asst; Deng, 9 pts; bench, 15 combined pts -- Andy, 6 pts, 4 reb; Cavs still dominating boards, 29-15; Cavs, 17 assists on 22 makes; impressive first half for Wine and Gold .
5:08, 2Q - CLE 45, TOR 30 ... Cavs creating separation in 2Q, bench chips in right away -- Andy, 6 pts, 4 reb; Zeller, 5 pts; Gee, 4 pts; Delly, 3 asst, 2 reb; Waiters leads Cavs w/9 pts, 5 asst; Cavs shooting 56 pct FG, holding TOR to 34 pct, still beating up TOR on the boards, 25-11.
End 1Q - CLE 26, TOR 17 ... Cavs needed to get off to a good start and did -- shooting 52 pct FG and holding TOR to 29 pct; all starters in the boxscore; Deng, 3-5 FG, 7 pts, 2 asst; Hawes, 6 pts, 6 reb, 3 blk; Tristan, 6 pts, 6 reb; Cavs beating TOR on the boards, 20-8.
1:58, 1Q - CLE 23, TOR 12 ... Cavs looking good in the early-going, shooting 61 pct, holding TOR to 28 percent. (Didn't we just see those numbers in the pregame update?) Deng with 7 pts to lead CLE; Tristan going against Valanciunas (No. 4 vs. No. 5 in 2011 Draft) -- TT w/4 pts 6 reb, Jonas, 2 pts, 2 reb; Jack, Hawes, Waiters, 4 pts apiece.
PREGAME ... The Cavaliers face off against the Raptors, who they haven't topped in two tries this season. Cavaliers are coming off a thrilling win in NYC in which they shot 61 percent from the floor and held the Knicks to just 28 percent in the fourth quarter. Cavs have fallen behind early in each of their last five games; need to get out of the gate strong tonight.
Jarrett Jack is coming off his best game of the season, a 31-point, 10-assist effort in Sunday's win; Waiters comes in averaging 23.8 ppg since being re-inserted into the starting lineup. Cavs have been bouyed by their bench -- Andy, Delly, Zeller, Gee have all been solid as the Wine and Gold tries to get healthy for the homestretch.
Starting lineup: G Jack, G Waiters, F Deng, F Thompson, F Hawes