Joe G's Running Game Blog
FINAL - CLE 114, PHI 85 ... The Cavaliers took care of business from the opening tip on Tuesday, returning from the All-Star Break to stomp the Sixers, 114-85 -- running their win streak to five games. Tyler Zeller was one of three Cavaliers to notch double-doubles, leading the Wine and Gold with 18 pts and 15 reb. Tristan Thompson (12 pts, 10 reb) and rookie Anthony Bennett (10, 11) also doubled-up. Dion Waiters left the game late in the second quarter after hyperextending his left knee.
5:33, 4Q - CLE 107, PHI 74 ... Night's over for Cavaliers starters, but subs have continued to bring it, Anthony Bennett toying with double-double, now with 8 pts, 10 reb; four Cavalier starters in double-figures, plus CJ Miles (10 pts) and Waiters (13 pts) -- who left the game late in the 2Q with a hyperextended left knee. Good to get starters, especially Kyrie, some rest befre Orlando in second half of back-to-back.
End 3Q - CLE 85, PHI 62 ... Cavs thumping Sixers out of the Break, looking to run win streak to five with a solid 4Q; five Cavs in double-figures with Zeller leading the way -- 18 pts, 15 reb in the best game of his young career; Deng with 13 pts and Tristan with his 25th double-double (3rd straight), 12 pts, 10 reb, 3 asst, 2 blk.
5:12, 3Q - CLE 77, PHI 52 ... Cavaliers have simply demoralized the Sixers in this one; Zeller having best game of his pro career, 16 pts, 14 reb; Tristan, 12 pts, 7 reb, 3 asst; Deng, Kyrie, 11 pts apiece.
Injury report - halftime - CLE 64, PHI 43 ... It was indeed a left knee hyperextension for Dion Waiters late in the second quarter. He will not return tonight. Dion left the game having gone 5-7 FG, leading the Cavs with 13 pts at intermission.
End 1H - CLE 64, PHI 43 ... Cavaliers came out of the Break all-business, dominated Philly in 2Q; shooting 47 pct FG, holding Philly to 31 pct; Zeller, already with a double-double --12 pts, 10 reb; Tristan, 10 pts, 3 reb, 3 asst; Dion, stealing the show in his hometown - 13 pts, 5-7 FG, one monster dunk and one massive scare for the Cavaliers, coming down awkwardly on his left knee after said dunk; he came off the floor under his own power, but didn't return to play in the quarter. Updates when they come ...
54.1, 2Q - CLE 60, PHI 39 ... Waiters walks off the floor under his own power, smiling, surrounded by supportive teammates; looked bad at the time and sure he was scared for a moment; could've been a hyperextension, but reports to follow. It was scary, but the injury came after a crushind dunk by Waiters.
54.1, 2Q - CLE 60, PHI 39 ... Concern on the court right now; Dion threw down a vicious right right-hand dunk but came down badly on his left knee; He came down awkwardly, limped to the other end and went down. Trainers and coaches are on the floor right now. Immediate updates to follow ...
3:03, 2Q - CLE 54, PHI 37 ... All Cavs so far in Philadelphia; Class of 2012 -- Zeller, Waiters in double-figures -- 12 (4-7 FG) for Tyler, 11 (4-6 FG) for Dion; in an indication of new Cavaliers mindset, five players with 2 or more assists; Cavs holding Philly to 33 pct FG.
End 1Q - CLE 31, PHI 25 ... Cavs jump on the Sixers early, looking to take the fight out of a team that's dropped eight straight; CLE shot 62 pct FG in 1Q, held PHI to 41 pct; Zeller, 10 pts, 4-6 FG; Waiters comes in hot off All-Star Weekend, 3-3 FG, 7 pts.
7:58, 1Q - CLE 16, PHI 8 ... Whatever Tyler Zeller did over the All-Star Break worked; he's got 10 points (4-6 FG) four minutes into the ballgame; Kyrie with a pair of assists as Cavs look extra-sharp early.
Pregame - Cavs back to work after four straight before the Break and two All-Stars starring over the weekend. But back on the road tonight and back to work this week. Cavs come into tonight's game three games back for the 8th spot in playoff picture, with a back-to-back with Orlando on deck. Twenty-nine games to go. And those are the nuts-and-bolts.
Last time these two teams faced off, CJ Miles hit a franchise-record 10 three-pointers, draining his first five en route to 34 points, shooting .437 from beyond the arc in 2014; Tristan coming off a HUGE game in Detroit -- 25 points, 15 boards, a career-best 14 points in the fourth quarter; Kyrie and Dion coming off a weekend, scoring 62 points and tallying 21 assists. Anderson Varejao will miss his third straight contest with a sore back.
Cavs 2-1 vs. Sixers, who've dropped eight straight, so far this season -- looking to run their win streak to five in Philly.
Starters: G Irving, G Jack, F Deng, F Thompson, C Zeller