Cavs Drop Home Finale
Wrap-Up – The young Cavaliers learned some tough lessons along the way this season, and in the home finale they learned one more: Even without their trio of superstars, the World Champion Heat are a tough out no matter who’s on the floor.
With their stars resting up for a postseason run, the Heat turned to Cleveland State product, Norris Cole, who was one assist shy of a triple-double and, more importantly, stripped Kyrie Irving in the waning moments of Monday’s 96-95 loss at The Q.
Irving got the Cavs to within a point on a pair of late layups – part of his nine-point fourth quarter. But with the Cavs trailing by a point with three seconds to play, Cole stripped Kyrie and dribbled out the clock on the home portion of Cleveland’s season.
Kyrie was one of three Cavaliers with 16 points, going 7-for-19 from the floor with a team-leading eight assists. Tristan Thompson doubled-up with 16 points on 7-for-14 shooting to go with 13 boards. Dion Waiters was also an even 7-for-14 shooting, adding his 16 off the bench. Alonzo Gee added 13 points and six boards and Kevin Jones rounded out the Cavaliers in double-figures with 10 points in just 13 minutes of action.
Turning Point – The Cavaliers led throughout the first half, extending their edge to 11 at one point. But the third quarter blues surfaced after intermission and Miami went on a 19-5 run to start the period, pushing their advantage to nine by the midway point of the third. The Cavaliers didn’t retake the lead the rest of the way.
Game Ball – Tristan Thompson – Thompson notched the 40th double-double of his career – and 31st of the season – on Monday night. The sophomore from Texas has now notched five double-doubles in his last seven games – averaging 16.6 points and 12.0 boards during that span.
By the Numbers – 19.3, .511 … Dion Waiters’ scoring average and field goal percentage in three career games against Miami.
Quotable – Kyrie Irving, on his message to Cavalier fans …
“Just be patient. The guys are on the right track. A tough season for all of us and all that happened, but we feel we are still on the right track.”
Up Next – The Cavaliers wrap up the 2012-13 regular season with a Wednesday night matchup with the Bobcats in Charlotte.