Cavs Fall in Sacramento
Wrap-Up – On Friday night, the Cavaliers began their five-game West Coast trip by using a big third-quarter to pull away from the Jazz. But on Sunday afternoon in Sacramento, the third quarter was the Wine and Gold’s undoing, as the Kings outscored Cleveland, 30-11, propelling them to the lopsided 124-80 victory at Sleep Train Arena.
CJ Miles led four Cavaliers in double-figures with 14 points – going 5-of-8 from the floor, including 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. In just his second game with the Wine and Gold, Luol Deng followed up with 12 points, five boards and a pair of assists. Anderson Varejao chipped in with 10 points, seven boards, six assists and a steal. Jarrett Jack came off the Cavs bench to finish with 11 points.
The Kings shot an even 50 percent from long-distance, canning 15 three-pointers in the process. Sacramento was 8-of-10 from three-point range in the fourth quarter, alone. The Kings topped Cleveland on the boards, 50-32, in the paint, 46-36, and on the fastbreak, 17-7. The Cavs didn’t do themselves any favors at the stripe, either – shooting 48 percent (11-23) for the game.
Turning Point – The Kings began pulling away from the Cavaliers late in the second quarter, but the Kings came out of the halftime locker room on a mission, opening the period on an 11-3 run, led by a pair of Rudy Gay three-pointers. CJ Miles stopped the bleeding with a trey of his own, but Sacramento countered by going on a 16-2 tear to blow the game wide open. The Kings would extend their lead to as many as 46 in the fourth.
Game Ball – CJ Miles – Cleveland’s starting two-guard continued his strong play, leading Cleveland in scoring and canning all three three-pointers he attempted , including a halfcourt buzzer-beater to end the first quarter. Miles added two boards and a steal in 24 minutes of action.
By the Numbers – .695 … C.J. Miles’ eye-popping three-point percentage over the past four games, going 16-for-23 from long-distance over that span. Sunday’s effort also makes it six straight games in double-figures for Miles.
Quotable – Kyrie Irving, on his team’s effort on Tuesday night …
”They were just the better team. We didn’t compete from the jump ball. We got up to the lead then they held us to 11 points in the third quarter. That was one of the biggest differences in the game – they played harder than us.”
Up Next – The Cavaliers have another appointment in the Golden State before heading up to the Pacific Northwest – and it’s a big one. On Tuesday night, the Wine and Gold face off against the Lakers – Mike Brown’s first matchup with L.A. since rejoining the Wine and Gold. On Wednesday night, Cleveland plays its only back-to-back of the trip, taking on the Blazers at the Rose Garden. After a day off, the Cavaliers close out the five-game sojourn with a stop in Denver to face the Nuggets on Friday night.