Cavaliers Fall in the Big D
Wrap-Up – Over the last couple months, the Cavaliers second unit has been one of the league’s best. On Friday night in Dallas, they met one that was a little better, as the Mavericks’ reserves combined for 60 points in a 96-86 win over the Wine and Gold.
The Cavaliers held Dallas to just 18 points in the first quarter and went into the halftime locker room up eight – 46-38. But Nick Collison’s layup midway through the third gave the Mavericks’ their first lead of the night. Cleveland would recover to take a one-point edge after three periods, but Dallas dominated the fourth quarter – 29-18 – as they pulled away for the win.
All five Cavalier starters tallied double-figures, led by Dion Waiters, who scored 11 of his team-high 21 points in the final period. Tyler Zeller doubled-up with 10 points and 10 boards, along with a pair of steals. Shaun Livingston pitched in with 13 points and a team-high six assists and Tristan Thompson and Alonzo Gee added 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Turning Point – After a Cavalier-dominated first half, the third quarter of Friday’s affair featured eight lead changes. But the fourth belonged to the Mavericks, who started the period on a 17-2 run and never looked back.
Game Ball – Luke Walton – The ten-year veteran did a little bit of everything in Friday’s loss. Walton came off the bench to notch nine points – going 3-for-4 from long-distance – to go with five assists, three rebounds and a pair of steals. On the negative side of the ledger, he joined Dion Waiters to lead Cleveland with five turnovers.
By the Numbers – 7 …amount of 20-plus point games Dion Waiters has had since February 13, second among all rookies to only Portland’s Damien Lillard (9). The first-year guard from Syracuse has topped the 20-point plateau 14 times this season and has led Cleveland in scoring in 19 contests.
Quotable – Coach Byron Scott, on the difference between two halves on Friday in Dallas …
”We missed a bunch of wide open shots in the second half, and they made a bunch of wide open shots. And that was the difference I thought between the first half and the second half.”
Up Next – The Cavaliers play the second leg of a weekend back-to-back, taking on the heavyweight Spurs on Saturday in San Antonio. They return home next week to face the Pacers on Monday night before welcoming the World Champion Heat to Cleveland on Wednesday. Following two games at The Q, the Cavs head right back to Texas, where they’ll face the Rockets next Friday in Houston.