Clips Cool Off Wine and Gold
Wrap-Up – For the second straight game, the Cavaliers fell behind early. But Friday night’s guest brought two All-Stars with them and the Wine and Gold was once again without their own.
Cleveland cut the Clippers’ two-touchdown edge to just three in the third quarter and trailed by just nine heading into the fourth. But Jamal Crawford came off the bench to score nine of his game-high 24 in the fourth quarter as L.A. pulled away for the 105-89 win.
Dion Waiters led the Cavaliers with 17 points, going 6-of-11 from the floor and adding a team-high six assists. C.J. Miles came off the bench to follow up with 16 points, six boards and a game-high three steals. Tristan Thompson doubled-up with 15 points and 12 boards for Cleveland. He was one of the few Cavaliers to have success in the paint – where the Wine and Gold was dominated, 50-28.
Turning Point – Though not playing their best ball, the Cavaliers hung around with L.A. all night – getting to within a single possession midway through the third. They were within striking distance midway through the fourth, but Jamal Crawford and Blake Griffin keyed a 14-3 run that effectively put the game on ice.
Game Ball – Tristan Thompson – The sophomore from Texas did most of his work early – netting six points and six boards after one quarter of play. He still managed to grab four of his boards off the offensive glass and hit 6-of-13 shots from the floor, 3-of-4 from the stripe.
By the Numbers – 13.3 … points per game Shaun Livingston is averaging in three starts with the Cavaliers, netting double-figures in each.
Quotable – Coach Byron Scott, on Friday’s loss to the Clippers …
”. I just thought the Clippers were a much better basketball team than we were. They were much more physical and much more aggressive than we were. We can get away with that against some of the lesser teams, but you can’t come out with that mentality like we did tonight. We were on our heels and they were the aggressor.”
Up Next – The Cavaliers keep the five-game homestand rolling after a weekend off. On Monday, they welcome the Knicks to The Q. After that, it’s a pair of Western Conference matchups – against the Jazz on Wednesday and the Grizzlies next Friday. Their next road contest is a week from Sunday in Toronto.