Joe G's Running Game Blog

February 19, 2014
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Joe G's Running Game Blog

FINAL - CLE 101, ORL 93 ... Orlando cut Cleveland's 21-point lead to just a deuce late in regulation, but Tyler Zeller's three-point play and Luol Deng's three-point shot from the corner gave the Cavs enough breathing room to pull away for their sixth straight win -- a 101-93 decision over Orlando on Wednesday night at The Q. Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers with 22 points to go with seven boards and seven helpers. Tristan Thompson doubled-up for the fourth straight game, netting 16 pts and 14 rebounds. Luol Deng added 17 points and Tyler Zeller had his second straight solid outing, finishing with 16 points, six boards and three blocked shots.

35.5, 4Q - CLE 97, ORL 89 ... ORL went on a 6-0 run and cut it to just two, but Zeller's and-1 followed by a nice steal by Jack and three-pointer by Deng give Cavs some nice breathing room; Cavs moved the ball very well on last possession, three guys could've taken the shot, but found Deng for the best one; Kyrie, 22 pts, 7 asst, 7 reb.

Second half highlight - Kyrie with the sweet no-look to Tristan ...


Highlight: Irving No-Look to Tristan

6:01, 4Q - CLE 83, ORL 79 ... Cavs still trying to shake the Magic after they used a big 3Q to get back in it -- outscoring CLE, 32-17, in the period; shooting has evened out -- CLE, 40 pct FG; ORL, 39 pct FG; Cavs with three players in double-figures, Magic with four; Cavs missing Dion's punch off the bench, Andy's energy in starting lineup.

First half highlight - Kyrie finds his big man running the floor ...


Highlight: Irving Finds Zeller

End 3Q - CLE 72, ORL 68 ... Magic cut Cavs' 21-point lead down to four after 3Q -- now shooting 38 pct FG, Cavs, 41 pct; Three Cavs in double-figures, leady by Kyrie (17 pts, 6 reb, 5 asst); Tristan, double-double, 14 pts, 12 reb; Deng, 12 pts; Tobias Harris, Afflalo, 16 pts apiece for ORL; Magic have dropped 13 straight on the road, but they came into the Break 4-4 over their last eight, including wins over Indiana and Oklahoma City; they've made it interesting as Cavs go for 6th straight win.

First half highlights ...


Watch Highlights: First Half

2:54, 3Q - CLE 70, ORL 60 ... Aaron Aflalo picking it up for ORL, cut it to 10, but Cavs still in charge; Kyrie w/17 pts; Tristan, 26th double-double of the season -- 14 pts, 12 reb; Deng, 12 pts, 3 asst; Cavs shooting 84 pct (16-19) from the stripe.

End 1H - CLE 55, ORL 36 ... Like last night in Philly, Cavs jumped the Magic early and hasn't let up through the first half -- Kyrie cans a LONG trey at the end of 2Q to punctuate the lopsided stanza; Irving leads everyone with 15 pts to go with 6 reb, 3 asst; Tristan -- 9 pts, 9 reb; Zeller, solid again, 7 pts, (2-3 FG), 3 reb. 2 blk; Anthony Bennett, flirting with double-double again, 5 pts, 5 reb.

5:06, 2Q - CLE 42, ORL 27 ... Orlando starting to shoot the ball better, but Cavs still almost competely in control; Kyrie still leads everyone w/12 pts, 5-9 FG; Tristan, 7 pts, 6 reb; Andrew Nicholson leads ORL w/9 pts off bench; Cavs beating ORL, 10-4, on the break.

End 1Q - CLE 26, ORL 11 ... CAvs pick up where they left off last night in Philly, beating up Orlando on both ends. Magic shooting just 14 pct FG -- 3-21 FG; Kyrie leads everyone w/10 pts, and he and Jack w/3 asst apiece; Tristan already well on his way to fourth straight double-double -- 7 pts, 6 reb.

2:53, 1Q - CLE 19, ORL 5 ... Cavaliers all over the Magic early, doing it on both ends -- shooting 47 pct FG, holding ORL to just 12 pct (2-for-17); Kyrie already with 10 pts, 4 reb, 2 asst, 1 stl; Cavs, 6 asst, Magic, 1 asst -- Cavs averaging 23.0 assists to 10.8 turnovers in last five games vs. Orlando.

Pregame - Last night, the Cavs ran into a team that had dropped eight straight and stepped on them early, cruising to their fifth straight win. Tonight, they welcome an Orlando team that hasn't won a road game since Luol Deng was still with Chicago. They'll have to do it semi-shorthanded. Dion Waiters (left knee hyperextension) and Anderson Varejao (sore back) are both out tonight vs. the Magic. Coach Brown -- in his pregame media, below -- sees Tyler Zeller and Alonzo Gee picking up those minutes.

Cavs have won five straight overall and five straight vs. Orlando, dating back to February 8, 2013. Against Philly on Tuesday, the Cavs had three players with double-doubles and grabbed a season-high 61 rebounds; since Jan. 1, the Cavs are tallying 14.1 offensive boards per game, 2nd best in the NBA over that span; Tristan Thompson comes in looking for his fourth straight double-double, notching his 25th of the season on Tuesday night in Philadelphia -- good for 3rd in the Eastern Conference.

Tonight's starters: G Irving, G Jack, F Deng, F Thompson, C Zeller