Joe G's Running Game Blog
FINAL - OKC 102, CLE 95 ... The Thunder were cruising to the easy win, leading by 22 with 5:55 to play, but the Wine and Gold went on a 21-2 run to get back in the game in the closing moments. But Kevin Durant was clutch from the stripe down the stretch and OKC held on for the 102-95 win on Thursday night at The Q. Dion Waiters led Cleveland with 30 points and Spencer Hawes finished with 20 for the Cavs. Matthew Dellavedova notched his first career double-double with 11 points and a career-best 10 assists.
22.3, 4Q - OKC 101, CLE 95 ... Thunder still can't get away from Cavs; Fisher misses two FT and it's still a two-possession game, going CLE's way; Waiters now w/30 pts; Hawes, 20.
1:11, 4Q - OKC 97, CLE 92 ... Delly runner, followed by Tristan FT followed by Waiters steal and layup and suddenly Cavs have cut 22-point Thunder lead to just five; either way, Cavs should be really proud of this effort, they're on a 21-2 run here; Delly, first career double-double, 11 pts, 10 asst.
2:25, 4Q - OKC 95, CLE 85 ... Cavs go on a 12-0 run -- Hawes now w/20 points as CLE forces Brooks to bring starters back in; Wine and Gold looking to cut it to single figures on this possession.
5:55, 4Q - OKC 95, CLE 73 ... OKC getting themselves some space in 4Q, Cavs just haven't had the firepower to keep up in 2H; Waiters leads CLE w/23 pts; Hawes, 12 pts; Delly, nice line -- 9 pts, 6 asst, 3 reb off bench; Durant leads everyone w/30.
Watch Highlights: First Half
End 3Q - OKC 77, CLE 63 ... OKC has closed quarters strong, Fisher cans three to put Thunder up big; Waiters leads CLE w/22 pts, 9-19 FG; Hawes, 10 pts; Delly, 9 pts, team-high 6 asst; four Thunder players in double-figures, led by Durant's 30; Cavs getting beat up on boards, 44-26; OKC now shooting 47 pct FG.
2:59, 3Q - OKC 77, CLE 63 ... OKC trying to pull away but Cavs are keeping it close; OKC couldn't pull away in last meeting and Cavs dropped 42 pts on them in final period; Dion now w/20 pts, 8-17 FG; Hawes only other Cav in double-figures, 10 pts; Durant leads everyone w/27 pts.
Watch Highlight: Hawes to Jack
End 1H - OKC 56, CLE 46 ... Thunder close 2Q on a 7-0 run, capped by Durant jumper at buzzer; he leads everyone with 21 pts; OKC now at 45 pct FG, Cavs 42 pct; Waiters, Hawes, 10 pts each for Cavs; Delly, 8 pts, 4 asst off bench.
4:11, 2Q - CLE 40, OKC 39 ... OKC still shooting poorly from the floor (38 pct), but starting to flex muscles a bit in 2Q; Hawest, 8 pts, checking back in; Delly, 8 pts off bench.
End 1Q - CLE 25, OKC 21 ... Strange 1Q in CLE, Delly guarding Durant, Durant getting a taunting T, Cavs on top of a frustrated OKC team after 1Q; Hawes, 8 pts, 3-7 FG; Waiters, 6 pts, 2-7 FG; Delly, 3 pts, 4 asst, 2 reb off bench; Cavs shooting 38 pct FG but holding OKC to 35 pct.
2:39, 1Q - CLE 21, OKC 16 ... Interesting strategy so far -- Gee picks up two quick PF, Coach pulls him and puts Delly on Durant -- K.D. has 6 pts, but 2-7 FG and getting frustrated trying to post the rookie up; Delly, 3 pts, 4 asst, 2 reb; Hawes, 8 pts; Waiters, 6 pts; Tristan, 4 pts, 4 reb; Shane Edwards gets the early call for CLE.
PREGAME ... Cavaliers trying to sweep season series vs. the Thunder after topping them in late February 26 in OKC -- dropping 42 points on them in the final quarter; Cavs have beaten Thunder seven times in last ten meetings. Cavs are also 6-3 vs. Western Conference over their past nine meetings.
Cavs still shorthanded tonight, will go without Kyrie (biceps) and Deng (ankle) and CJ Miles is also OUT tonight after trying to give it a go on Tuesday. Waiters, in starting lineup again, coming off his first career double-double (17 pts, career-high 11 assists); Hawes comes in scoring double-figures in career-high 12 straight games -- averaging 15.6 ppg in 13 games with Wine and Gold.
Mike Brown's pregame presser, talking about who he'll have availalbe tonight and how to gameplan for a guy like Kevin Durant.
Tonight's starters: G Jack, G Waiters, F Gee, F Thompson, C Hawes