Cavs Fall Short in Finale

April 17, 2013
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Tyler Zeller

Wrap-Up – The Cavaliers closed out the 2012-13 campaign with a strong effort – clawing back from an early 24-point deficit to take a brief fourth-quarter lead. But the Bobcats bounced back to pull away and hand the Wine and Gold a 105-98 loss in the season finale.

The Cavs dug themselves an early hole, trailing big after one quarter. But they righted the ship in the second and outscored the Bobcats, 82-71, the rest of the way. Cleveland made a push in the final seconds, getting to within a single possession after Charlotte opened an eight-point lead with 42.6 to play. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough, as the Cavaliers dropped their sixth straight game – and 16 of their final 18 – to wrap up another frustrating season.

Kyrie Irving doubled-up with 24 points and 10 assists – going 9-for-20 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the stripe. Dion Waiters came off the bench to add 16 points on 6-for-13 shooting. Alonzo Gee and Wayne Ellington chipped in with 13 points apiece and Tristan Thompson finished with 10 boards to lead both clubs.

Turning Point – The Cavaliers trailed throughout the first three quarters, but used an 8-0 run, capped by Dion Waiters’ layup, to take their first lead of the night – 77-76 – with 9:30 to play. But Charlotte ran off the next six points to give themselves enough breathing space to keep the Cavs at bay. Waiters scored on a layup with 15.6 to play to cut the Bobcats’ edge to just three, but Kemba Walker sank a pair of free throws to seal the deal.

Game BallKyrie Irving – The Cavaliers first-time All-Star overcame a pair of scary spills to pace the Wine and Gold and notch his fourth double-double of the season. Irving added four boards to his 24-point, 10-assist effort.

By the Numbers306 … offensive rebounds for Tristan Thompson on the season, second in the NBA only to Memphis’ Zach Randolph, who finished with 310.

QuotableCoach Byron Scott, on his team’s effort on Wednesday and throughout the 2012-13 season …

“All season long our guys have fought back, and that’s a credit to them. They never really gave up.”