Cavs Fall Short in Finale
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 Ball – Kyrie 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 Numbers – 306 … offensive rebounds for Tristan Thompson on the season, second in the NBA only to Memphis’ Zach Randolph, who finished with 310.
Quotable – Coach 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.”