Game Quotes: Cavaliers vs. Heat
(On the game tonight): “Our guys hung in there and they competed. It’s obviously tough to lose anytime you play anybody. I thought we did some nice things out there. LeBron (James) was hot early. We did a better job of trying to slow him down a bit in the second half and then Chris Bosh stepped up late. He made some big plays for them. He hit a three out of timeout and hit a floater over two defenders.”
(On the team’s defense): “I thought our defense was pretty good. They played it the right way. (Miami) just stepped up and made shots down the stretch and we didn’t. We had our opportunities. I think we missed our last three or four field goals before (Jarrett) Jack hit the two threes. I thought that was the biggest difference in the game, especially down the stretch. Also, another big difference in the game were our turnovers. One thing we talked about was value the ball, value each possession. The 20 turnovers for 26 points against a good team like that is going to be tough to overcome.”
(On receiving multiple efforts tonight): “I got a lot of different type of performances from guys. It’s great to see Dion (Waiters) with 11 assists. Obviously, Delly (Matthew Dellavedova) came off the bench and impacted the game defensively and with his six assists. Anderson (Varejao) with his double-double, I thought he was big in the 26 minutes he played. There was a lot of good stuff from a lot of different people. Alonzo (Gee) played 36 minutes. Throughout the course of the game, we just came up short down the stretch.”
(On LeBron James in the first quarter): “We knew he was going to come out extremely aggressive. Usually when (Dwyane Wade) doesn’t play, he tries to get himself and his team going. Even with him making shots, he took some tough ones and he knocked them down. The thing that I think we had to limit was his baskets in transition. I think he was able to get into a rhythm off of those and then he finished the first half strong. I thought we picked it up and made some of his looks very difficult in the second half.”
(On how tough it is to lose a close game like tonight’s): “That’s the necessary amount of energy and effort it takes to win an NBA basketball game, especially against (a team of that) caliber such as (the Heat). They’re the defending two-time champions for a reason and the effort and the amount of mistakes you can have are definitely limited, especially against a team like that. We kind of put ourselves behind, turned the ball over a few times, but we stuck with it and fought all the way until the end. I can be satisfied with my guys when we put in effort like that.”
(On what the difference was in the fourth quarter down the stretch): “We were moving the ball; made shots, played defense. I thought we did a great job on defense and we stuck with each other. We had each other’s back out there.”
(On slowing LeBron James down after the first quarter): “Obviously, he had it going. We weren’t that aggressive (or) up on him in the first quarter. He was out there doing pretty much whatever he wanted. He made shots, tough shots. When he’s going like that, (you) just have to stay with it on the defensive end and we did that the last three quarters.”
(On his first career double-double): “I was just finding my guys and they were knocking down shots. (Jarrett) Jack hit a huge three for me and the team. We were just moving the ball; trying to find the guy that was open and they were able to knock down shots for me.”
(On how he’s feeling physically): “I’m sore, but I’ll be fine. (I’ll) just get treatment in the morning and will continue to move forward.”
(On Udonis Haslem): “He really can make an impact in those kind of minutes – those short-burst minutes. You see the impact with his energy and rebounding. I thought his energy turned (the game) as much as anything going down the stretch.”
(On Greg Oden’s play): “I like it. I just like the minutes, and it’s guaranteed minutes. I think each time he gets that opportunity, you’ll see more rhythm and see him more comfortable. He had an impact with his game on both sides.”
(On LeBron James): “His energy was outstanding. (He) set the tone for the game. Everybody knew that he was ready to compete and he was doing it on both ends. My favorite play of the game was that double block. I hope (Dion Waiters) is OK, but (Udonis Haslem) and LeBron going for that is a possession-saving play. It should be a layup or a dunk. To make that play going down that last stretch, those are the things I like to see.”
(On LeBron’s facilitating after a big first quarter): “That’s what makes LeBron unique in this league. In today’s age, there are players that would be looking for numbers. With that type of start, you see if you can go for 70. It’s just human conditioning to think like that. LeBron is just trying to play the game the right way. It takes great maturity. Also, he’s selfless. He’s an unselfish player and sometimes he’s criticized for that outside of our circles.”
(On his performance tonight): “I felt pretty good. I shot the ball really well in warm-ups and I was able to transfer it into a game situation. When I started the game off, I felt like I could have went for 50 or 60 (points). You can’t really dictate what’s going to happen.”
(On Ray Allen’s play): “It’s huge. We need that kind of firepower. As a team, we have to continue to feed him and continue to get him moving and get him in a rhythm.”
(On his 25-point quarter): “It’s one of those zones. It’s a great feeling. Sometimes you’re able to realize you have it going and you play it by ear.”
- Six Cavs players finished in double figures in scoring, including all five starters: Jarrett Jack (22), Dion Waiters (17), Anderson Varejao (16), Spencer Hawes (11), Alonzo Gee (12) and Tristan Thompson (10).
- Cleveland shot .514 (37-72) from the field and outscored Miami 44-24 in points in the paint. The Cavs held the Heat to .453 (34-75) shooting from the field, including .364 (12-33) in the second half. The Cavs have shot at least .500 from the field six times this season.
- The Cavs dished out 27 assists tonight. This is the 10th time this season that the Cavs have had at least 25 assists in a game.
- Dion Waiters posted his first career double-double with 17 points, four rebounds and a career-high 11 assists in 41 minutes. Since returning to action (seven games), Waiters is averaging 15.9 points, 3.7 assists and 1.0 steal in 27.9 minutes per game.
- Anderson Varejao recorded his 13th double-double of the season with 16 points on 7-11 (.636) shooting, a game-high 11 rebounds, a season-high tying three steals and one block in 26 minutes off the bench. Varejao has pulled down 11-plus rebounds 24 times this season, including in each of the last two contests.
- Jarrett Jack notched a team-high 22 points on 8-13 (.615) shooting, including a season-high 4-6 (.667) from the three-point line, four rebounds, four assists and one block in 42 minutes. Jack finished with 20-plus points for the third time this season. He has scored in double figures in five of the last six contests, averaging 12.7 points on .519 (27-52) shooting and 4.3 assists in 34.2 minutes per game.
- Alonzo Gee registered 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 36 minutes. Gee scored in double figures for the third time this season.
- Spencer Hawes finished with a near double-double with 11 points on 5-10 (.500) shooting from the field, nine rebounds, three assists and one block in 35 minutes. Hawes has scored in double figures in 12 straight games, which matches his career-high (March 16-April 6, 2013). In 13 games with the Cavs, Hawes is averaging 15.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 33.7 minutes per game.