Joe G's Running Game Blog
FINAL - CLE 127, PHI 125 ... The third time was a charm for Kyrie Irving, who cut through Philly's defense and scored on a layup to give the Wine and Gold a thrilling 127-125 win on Saturday night at The Q. Kyrie finished with 39 points, 12 assists and five boards; Anderson Varejao and Tristan Thompson also double-up and Dion Waiters finished with 24 points, eight boards and six helpers in the win.
0.6, 2OT - CLE 127, PHI 125 ... Kyrie cuts through entire Sixers defense and scored over Hawes and Young -- now with 39 pts, 12 asst, 5 reb.
11.3, 2OT - CLE 125, PHI 125 ... Carter-Williams drills a three-pointer to tie the affair. Cavs again with a chance at the final possession to send everyone home happy.
21.1, 2OT - CLE 125, PHI 122 ... Kyrie Irving hits a pair of FT after Carter-Williams gets Philly to within a point. Double-doubles for Andy (13,10) and Tristan (19,10); Kyrie now with 37 pts, 12 asst, 5 reb; Waiters, 24 pts, 8 reb, 6 asst.
45.0, 2OT - CLE 121, PHI 120 ... Waiters heading to the line for 2 after blk foul on Thaddeus Young. Thompson and Irving will put in 48 minutes of work tonight.
End 1st OT - CLE 116, PHI 116 ... Kyrie's runner won't fall and we're headed to 2OT; Every starter but Gee in double-figures - Kyrie (32 pts, 11 asst); Dion (22 pts); Tristan (19 pts, 10 reb); Jack, 15 pts off bench.
4.5, OT - CLE 116, PHI 116 ... Evan Turner's tough take ties the game; Cavs again with the last possession, Philly just used its foul to give.
2:07, OT - CLE 113, PHI 107 ... Cavs shutting out Sixers in OT; Tristan's been a beast, huge blk led to Dion run-out & basket, just scored on a tough layup; Dion (22 pts), Kyrie (32) with season-highs; Tristan, fourth double-double of the season, 19 pts, 10 reb.
End regulation - CLE 107, PHI 107 ... Kyrie cuts through traffic but can't get the layup to fall. We're going to overtime ...
5.5, 4Q - CLE 107, PHI 107 ... Thaddeus Young goes baseline after Tristan splits a pair on the other end. Cavs with final possession (of regulation).
45.7, 4Q - CLE 106, PHI 103 ... J. Jack hits a baseline jumper to give CLE some breathing room; Kyrie with a season-high 30 pts; Dion w/20.
5:47, 4Q - CLE 95, PHI 92 ... Momentum is with Cavs now, have gone on a 20-7 run to start 4Q, led by 3-guard lineup (Irving, Jack, Waiters). Kyrie, 25 pts; Tristan, Waiters, 16 pts apiece -- Waiters, 5 asst, 2 stl; Thompson, 7 reb, 4 OR.
8:16, 4Q - PHI 87, CLE 86 ... Back-to-back three-pointers by Kyrie and Jarrett Jack get Cavs back in it. Kyrie, now with 22 pts, 9-18 FG; Tristan closing in on another double-double, 14 pts, 7 reb; Jack, 11 pts, 5 asst off bench.
End 3Q - PHI 85, CLE 75 ... After Evan Turner's floater at the buzzer, the Sixers now lead by double-figs. Turner and Thaddeus Young, combined 43 pts for Philly; Cavs still w/four in double-figures, led by Kyrie (17 pts). Cavs with 17 turnovers, 5-14 FG in 3Q.
First half highlights .... OK, I wouldn't call this a highlight, but it is kinda funny, as a woman takes a wrong turn past A.C. and Fred ....
2:36, 3Q - PHI 77, CLE 73 ... Sixers early run to start 3Q puts Cavs behind; Sixers now over 51 pct FG; four Cavs in double-figures: Kyrie (17), Dion & Tristan (14), Varejeo (13); Waiters, 3-4 3pt FG; Henry Sims giving Cavs some good minutes in the post.
Enjoy some First half highlights ....
End 1H - CLE 53, PHI 48 ... Kyrie (14 pts, 6-12 FG) and Tristan (12 pts, 6 reb) leading the way for CLE; Cavaliers worked Philly on the boards in 1H, 25-15; Cavs shooting 49 pct FG; Sixers don't have a FB point in 1H; Mike Brown has to be pleased with team's effort; Henry Sims played 7 very solid 1H minutes; Cav-killer, Thaddeus Young, leads PHI with 14 pts.
First half highlight - Tristan Thompson goes baseline and throws down ...
4:59, 2Q - CLE 45, PHI 42 ... Kyrie leads everyone with 14 pts, 3 reb, 3ast; both teams shooting over 50 pct; Cavs lead points in the point, 20-12.
First quarter highlight - The Wild Thing chases one down ...
End 1Q - CLE 30, PHI 27 ... Mike Brown wasn't kidding when he mentioned lineup change in the pregame. Gee gets the start and Matthew Dellavedova gets minutes at the PG and Henry Sims checked in at the 5 late in the 1Q. Cavs shoot 56 pct in the quarter, Tristan Thompson w/8pts, 4 reb; Anderson Varejao, 3-4 FG, 6 pts; Kyrie, 5 pts, 2 reb, 2 asst.
Pregame - Alonzo Gee will get the start for the Cavs tonight, the rest of the lineup will remain the same and, as expected, Andrew Bynum will be inactive in the second game of the back-to-back.
Here's Mike Brown's pregame presser, where he explained that he was thinking about making a starting lineup change and discusses Bynum's eventual future in that starting lineup.