Joe G's Running Game Blog
FINAL - CLE 114, OKC 104 ... The Cavs sealed one maybe their best and most-needed road wins of the season, scoring 42 points in the fourth quarter to stun the Thunder in OKC. Kyrie Irivng led everyone with 31 points, with Jarrett Jack adding 21 in the win. Spencer Hawes notched 19 points and Tristan Thompson doubled-up with 11 points and 11 boards.
1:01, 4Q - CLE 110, OKC 99 ... Cavs are about to take this one in OKC, and it'll be a HUGE road win; Kyrie, now 14 pts in 4Q after scoring on a 3 pt play.
3:05, 4Q - CLE 103, OKC 97 ... fantastic fourth quater action in OKC, Thunder went back up by 2 after Cavs went up by five, but Kyrie and Jack can three-pointers and Hawes' finger roll gives Cleveland its largest lead; easily one of the Cavs' best road efforts of the season, regardless of the outcome; Kyrie, 11 pts in 4Q.
7:11, 4Q - CLE 90, OKC 86 ... Alonzo Gee's dunk punctuates an 18-10 start to 4Q in OKC, Cavs have been aggressors almost all night, taking advantage of flat Thunder team have gone on 7-0 run: bench has been big in this run: Zeller (8 pts), Gee, Bennett and Delly have all contributed.
End 3Q - OKC 76, CLE 72 ... OKC went up 12 early in 3Q, but Cavs fought right back, have kept crowd mostly ouf of it -- all starters in double-figures for CLE, Kyrie, 6-14 FG, 17 pts, 6 asst; Hawes, 15 pts, 6 reb; Thompson, 11 pts, 8 reb; Deng, 13 pts, 3 reb, 2 asst; Jack, 12 pts, 3 asst; Durant leads everyone with 20, but Cavs have the Thunder frustraed after it looked like they could open it up.
6:00, 3Q - OKC 67, CLE 57 ... OKC comes out hot in 3Q and starts to put some seperation between them and Cavs, but Thompson's teardrop in the pain stems the run; OKC shooting 56 pct FG; Kyrie w/16 pts, Hawes, 12; Jack, 10; Cavs shooting 39 pct FG.
End 1H - OKC 52, CLE 51 ... Westbrook 3pt at the buzzer gives OKC the lead back heading into the locker room, but Cavs have taken OKC's shot so far and bounced back, were up 5 at one point; Kyrie leads CLE, 14 pts, 5-10 FG, 4 asst, 2 stl; Jack, 2-4 3pt FG, 10 pts; Hawes, 8 pts, 2-3 FG, 3 reb; Tristan, 4 pts, 4 reb, 3 asst, but only two FGA; second straight night Cavs bench has struggled (4pts) -- really missing Dion and Miles, but Cavs trying to continue their strong play against Kevin Durant (12 pts) and Co. Again: Cavs split last year, snapped OKC's 13-game home win streak two years ago and have won 6 of last 9 against Thunder. (This one would be as good or better than any of those previous six.)
2:26, 2Q - CLE 45, OKC 42 ... don't want to speak to soon, but Cavs always have good success against a West heavyweight, have won six of last nine over OKC, playing them tough again tonight, up two; Kyrie, 5-10 FG, 14 pts, including sweet take right before timeout; Jarrett Jack, 10 pts; Cavs, 42 pct FG, OKC, 55 pct.
End 1Q - OKC 27, CLE 26 ... fun first quarter in OKC; Thunder haven't played since Sunday, Cavs -- last night, both teams look sharp; Jack, 7 pts; Kyrie, Hawes, 6 pts apiece; Tristan, 4 reb, 2 asst; Cavs shooting 41 pct, OKC, 57 pct FG
2:24, 1Q - OKC 25, CLE 21 ... Thunder shooting 65 pct FG and still only up four; Jack, 3-5 FG; Hawes, 2-3 3pt FG, 6 pts; Durant leads everyone w/9 pts + 4 reb, 3 asst.
Pregame - Cavaliers looking to snap a three-game skein and this will be a tough one in which to do it. Cleveland again without Dion Waiters (left knee hyperextension), CJ Miles (sprained left ankle) and Anderson Varejao (sore back). The Cavs split their season series with OKC last year and snapped the Thunder's 13-game home win streak two years ago. They've actually won six of the last nine over OKC, so they come in with confidence.
Spencer Hawes will get his second straight start tonight. He finshed with 15 points, seven boards and a block last night and is averaging 12.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.7 blocks in 30.0 minutes per game as a Cavalier. He and Tyler Zeller were on the floor together for the majority of the fourth quarter last night against Toronto.
The Thunder come in having lost two straight at home -- the big TNT matchup with Miami last Thursday and the 125-117 thriller against the Clippers. Cavs will have to bring it -- OKC will be angry and well-rested.
Starting lineups: G Jack, G Irving, F Deng, F Thompson, C Hawes