Joe G's Running Game Blog
FINAL - PHI 94, CLE 79 ... The Cavaliers got off to a strong start, leading by 14 points after one quarter. But it was all Sixers from that point forward as the Wine and Gold continued to struggle away from The Q, dropping their fourth straight road contest on Friday night in Philly. Dion Waiters led the Cavs with 18 points and Tristan Thompson doubled-up with 13 points and 15 boards. The Cavaliers get a quick chance for revenge as the Sixers come to The Q on Saturday night.
2:31, 4Q - PHI 92, CLE 76 ... Cavs got five quick points to start the 4th, but it's been more of the same after that -- Philly with the upper hand on the break, in the paint, on the boards. Spencer Hawes with 6 blk. Miles and Jack, 13 pts apiece off the bench; Dion leads CLE w/17 pts; Thompson, double-double w/11 pts, game-high 15 reb; Irving, 10 pts, 9 asst.
End 3Q - PHI 77, CLE 61 ... Not a good quarter of basketball for the Cavs. Philly has outscored Cavs, 63-33, after the 1Q. Waiters leads CLE w/15 pts on 6-15 FG; Kyrie, 9 asst, but just 3-12 FG; CLE shooting just 33 pct FG; Philly, 52 pct. Philly leads in points in the paint, 40-24, and on the fast break, 18-8.
First half highlights ...
2:34, 3Q - PHI 68, CLE 55 ... Philly's outscored CLE, 22-13, so far this quarter. Evan Turner w/18 pts, Tony Wroten w/15 off the bench for PHI. Dion (15 pts), Tristan (11) and Miles (10) lead Cleveland. Sixers shooting 51 pct FG, Cavs at 32 pct. Sixers running on Cavs in transition.
9:05, 3Q - PHI 51, CLE 48 ... In a timeout, Sixers team ambassador and Cavs legend, World B. Free, dressed in a lavender suit, presented an award at halfcourt. Directly after, the arena put Andrew Bynum and Alonzo Gee on the Kiss-Cam. Philly fans, not feeling the love, continued to boo.
Bennett update -Anthony Bennett has a sprained right shoulder suffered on an offensive possession in the 2Q and will not return tonight.
End 1H - PHI 44, CLE 42 ... Strange game so far -- Cavs outscore PHI, 28-14 in 1Q, PHI outscores Cavs, 30-14, in 2Q. Miles (4-5 FG), Waiters (4-8 FG), 10 points apiece. J. Jack (2 pts) only other reserve to score. Philly shooting 49 pct; Cavs, just 34 pct. Anthony Bennett, who left the game and went to the locker room holding his right shoulder is examined and getting X-rays still. His return is questionable.
2:03, 2Q - PHI 38, CLE 36 ... Sixers take their first lead after going on a 9-0 run capped my a Michael Carter-Williams 3-pointer. Waiters and Miles, 10 pts apiece for CLE.
8:37, 2Q - CLE 28, PHI 21 ... Anthony Bennett is grabbing his right shoulder and in obvious pain. CLE calls 20-sec TO to get him out and the rookie heads straight to the locker room. Updates as they come ....
9:44, 2Q - CLE 28, PHI 21 ... Philly starts 2Q on a 7-0 run, an unhappy Mike Brown calls TO. Waiters also has 4 boards; Kyrie, 6 assists in 8 minutes of play.
End 1Q - CLE 28, PHI 14 ... All of Cleveland's starters have scored and the pride of South Philly, Dion Waiters, leads everyone with 10 pts. The beat goes on CJ Miles, comes off the bench to notch 6 quick points. Cavs shooting only 37 pct, holding Sixers to 36 pct. CLE closes quarter on an 8-0 run. Bynum's been booed relentlessly; doesn't care.
3:00, 1Q - CLE 20, PHI 12 ... The crowd here in Philly booed Bynum in the layup line and there were a smattering of barbs thrown his way from the seats, but he smiled and shrugged off most of it. Now he's ready to check in and Philly fans are letting loose. (Anything else would've been disappointing.) On the floor, their hometown kid, Dion Waiters, leads everyone with 10 pts on 4-6 FG, 2-3 3pt FG.
A pregame anecdote ...
When people in general travel to Philadelphia, one rite of travel passage is to jog the “Rocky steps” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I’ve done it. Most of the Cavaliers traveling staff have done it.
This year, Cavs rookie – and native Australian – Matthew Dellavedova decided he had to conquer this unique piece of Americana. And when the Wine and Gold arrived in Philly on Thursday night, the man they call “Delly” did his thing.
“When I looked out the window, I saw where it was, and (it was) not too far from the hotel,” explained Dellavedova. “You know, you have to have the real experience. So after practice, (I went for) just a little bit of a jog, so nothing too serious.
“I’ve watched all the movies and so has my family – especially my dad – so they said, ‘Make sure you get some pictures or video. And I sent it back to them.”
Delly sent the video back to his family in Australia and his sister put the iconic “Rocky” theme to it.
“I wasn’t pushing it too hard,” laughed the former St. Mary’s College standout. “It was a bit of fun before dinner.”
Dellavedova was asked if he thought about taking it a step further and head to the meat locker to punch some frozen cattle.
“Nah,” replied Delly. “I thought I’d save my hands from that.“