Cavs Comeback Falls Short
Wrap-Up – The Cavaliers were in comeback mode all night and almost completed it in the closing seconds. After trailing by seven with just over two minutes to play, Cleveland clawed back and Kyrie Irving’s three-pointer with five seconds remaining got the Wine and Gold to within one. But after a pair of Nets’ free throws, Irving’s game-tying attempt drew iron and Cleveland dropped the 103-100 thriller on Saturday night in Brooklyn.
C.J. Miles was almost unstoppable, going 11-for-15 from the floor and 8-of-10 from beyond the arc for a team-high 33 points. Unfortunately for the Cavs, Brooklyn’s Brook Lopez was a little bit better – netting 35 points and 11 boards in the win.
Tristan Thompson doubled-up for the fifth time in his last six contests – finishing with 17 points, 15 rebounds and a pair of blocks. Irving finished with 13 points and seven assists and Tyler Zeller pitched in with a dozen points and seven boards while having his hands full with Lopez all night.
Turning Point –Jeremy Pargo’s jumper less than a minute into the fourth quarter got the Cavaliers – who had trailed by as many as 15 points early in the affair – to within a point, 79-78. But the Nets went on a 9-1 run to give themselves some breathing space. Cleveland eventually got to within striking distance, but they didn’t get that close again until Kyrie’s trey in the closing seconds.
Game Ball – C.J. Miles – The eight-year veteran literally kept the Cavaliers in the game on Saturday night, netting 13 of his 33 points in the second quarter as most of his teammates were struggling. He notched eight points in the fourth quarter as the Wine and Gold attempted to overcome a big early deficit.
By the Numbers – 12.8, 12.3 … points and rebounds per game Tristan Thompson is averaging since Anderson Varejao’s injury on December 19.
Quotable – C.J. Miles, describing his big night in Brooklyn …
“The game slows down, the basket seems as big as the whole arena, and you really just try to make sure you get good looks at the basket. The thing you don’t want to do is start taking wild shots just because you made some. My teammates looked for me, they screened for me. I can’t do what I did tonight without them.”
Up Next – The Cavaliers get a much-needed rest until after the New Year. When play resumes in 2013, they’ll welcome Sacramento to The Q on January 2. After their matchup with the Kings, they travel to Charlotte for a Friday night affair against the Bobcats.