Cleveland’s Free Throws Reason For Comeback
Posted Jul 17 2009 12:13AM
LAS VEGAS, July 16 - A strong fourth quarter helped the Cleveland Cavaliers claim a 75-62 come-from-behind win over the Dallas Mavericks Thursday night in the 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA SPORTS from the COX Pavilion in Las Vegas.
The Cavaliers entered the final quarter down two, 49-47, before facing a six-point deficit 1:09 into the fourth after a jumper from Dallasí Aaron Miles. Clevelandís offense came alive from that point on, as they outscored the Mavericks 22-15 down the stretch. The teams were nearly even from the field with Dallas owning a 6-to-5 differential.
The key to Clevelandís turnaround came from the charity stripe. The Cavaliers connected on 15 more free throws in the final 10 minutes. They made 16 to Dallasí one.
Cleveland received 39 of its 75 points from the line, 16 of which were made by Tarence Kinsey, who led the team with 20 points overall.
The first 10 minutes of the game were a tightly contested between the two teams. The period featured five lead changes and seven ties and Cleveland holding a two-point advantage, 20-18, heading into the second.
The second quarter was a different story for Cleveland, as they only mustered three points during the opening 5:15. They managed to score eight more points to close out the stanza. Dallas, on the other hand, scored 16 to stake itself to a 34-31 lead heading into the intermission. The Mavericks tied things up twice early in the period before taking the lead with 1:19 spent off the clock. Trent Stricklandís four consecutive points pushed Dallas from one point down to three up at 24-21.
The teams played a near even third quarter, as Cleveland scored one more point, 16-15. The stanza featured back-and-forth basketball, as the teams exchanged the lead four times with four ties mixed in. Ultimately, Dallas did enough to maintain a two-point lead going into the final 10.
David Harrison notched a double-double in a winning effort for the Cavaliers with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Jawad Williams rounded out Clevelandís double-digit performers with 18 points of his own.
Andre Brown was the lone Maverick to reach double figures with his 10-point effort.