Joe G's Running Game Blog

November 23, 2013
by Joe Gabriele Managing Editor

FINAL - SAS 126 CLE 96 ... The red-hot Spurs outscored the Cavs, 35-11, in the second quarter and shot a gaudy 67 percent from beyond the arc, handing Cleveland the lopsided 126-96 loss on Saturday night in San Antonio. Andrew Bynum tallied 16 points and six boards in just 21 minutes of action. Kyrie Irving added 15 points and Matthew Dellavedova chipped in with 14. Anthony Bennett went 4-of-5 from the floor for nine points to go with five rebounds.

4:39, 4Q - SAS 116 CLE 84 ... Silver linings from tonight -- Bynum started first back-to-back in a year-and-a-half and looked even better than he did last night. Secondly, Anthony Bennett found a little rhythm in the fourth quarter, currently has 9 points on 4-of-5 shooting.

End 3Q - SAS 96 CLE 67 ... Mike Brown has emptied his bench for the fourth quarter; if anything is encouraging about tonight, it's the play of Andrew Bynum, who's scored 16 points and grabbed six boards in just 21 minutes; Varejao, 9 pts, 6 reb; Kyrie, 15 pts; Tristan, 9 reb.

5:54, 3Q - SAS 82 CLE 48 ... More of the same after intermission, but Kyrie now joins Andrew Bynum in double-figures -- Bynum, 14 pts, 7-14 FG; Irving, 13 pts, 6-16 FG; Spurs shooting 58 pct, Cavs, 39 pct, just 6 trips to the line.

End 1H - SAS 65 CLE 32 ... Spurs came in winners of nine straight and are rolling over the Cavs, who scored 11 pts in the 2Q; Andrew Bynum (10 pts, 4 reb in 12 min) and Anderson Varejao (7 pts, 5 reb) are lone bright spots for CLE; Cavs are shooting just 33 pct FG and have attempted exactly 2 free throws on the night; SAS shooting 55 pct FG, 58 pct 3pt FG.

5:16, 2Q - SAS 53 CLE 28 ... All San Antonio so far; this is how they do it, wear teams down from every angle, everyone contributes; Varejao, 7 pts, 5 reb off the bench; 15 points for reserves, 13 pts for starters; Cavs shooting 37 pct; Spurs, 62 pct FG, 60 pct 3pt FG.

End 1Q - SAS 30 CLE 21 ... Spurs shooting 63 percent from long distance, 57 pct overall and are in command early; Waiters and Andy, 4 pts off the bench apiece; Bynum leads CLE w/6 pts, 3-6 FG; Danny Green leads everyone with 8 pts.

4:53, 1Q - SAS 21 CLE 11 ... Spurs off to a hot start, shooting 75 pct from the floor; Bynum, getting it going early, 2-5 FG, 4 pts; all Spurs starters in double-figures; Waiters, Jack check in.

Pregame - The big question tonight is whether or not the Cavs can bring the energy and aggressiveness right out of the gate like they did last night in New Orleans. For Cleveland, Andrew Bynum will see action in the second half a back-to-back for the first time in 18 months. The Spurs have knocked the Cavs off in seven straight and have won nine straight overall, holding their opponent to less than 96 points in each.

Good news for Wine and Gold is that in the second game of last three back-to-back games, Kyrie is averaging 31.7 ppg and that Tristan Thompson has registered a double-double in three of his last five road games.

Cavaliers starters: G Irving, G Dellavedova, F Gee, F Thompson, C Bynum