Cavs Drop Nail-Biter in Miami
Wrap-Up – For most of the night, the Cavaliers led the World Champs – and Daniel Gibson’s three-pointer with just under two minutes to play gave them a seven-point lead, 108-101. But LeBron James scored on a layup and Ray Allen scored the game’s next six points – part of his 15-point fourth quarter – and the Heat handed Cleveland the difficult 110-108 loss on Saturday night in Miami.The Cavaliers got even scoring across the board – led by the starting backcourt of Dion Waiters and Jeremy Pargo, who notched 16 points apiece. Omri Casspi came off the bench to net 15 points and Anderson Varejao doubled-up with 10 points and 15 boards.
Turning Point – With 8:25 to play in the third quarter and the Wine and Gold up a dozen, 68-56, Mario Chalmers picked off a Jeremy Pargo pass and was fouled by Daniel Gibson. It was called a clear-path foul, Chalmers hit the free throws followed by a LeBron layup. When Miami was done, they’d rattled off an 11-0 run to get within one. The Cavaliers still led, but the run sparked a previously listless Heat squad and got them to within striking distance.
Game Ball – Omri Casspi -- After a tough start to the season – playing sparingly and not shooting well when he did – Casspi has rejuvenated his season over the last week. On Saturday night, the third-year forward went 4-for-4 from beyond the arc for his 15 points and, over his last five games, is 8-of-11 from long range.
By the Numbers – 8 … Number of Cavaliers to score in double-figures on Saturday night. The last time the Wine and Gold featured an octet of double-figure scorers was January 30, 2007 in a win over Golden State. (The leading scorer in that game was Sasha Pavlovic with 24.)
Quotable – Coach Byron Scott, on his young team learning how to win games …
“We’re using our age as an excuse. We have to learn how to play together, how to win together, how to close games out and things like that. It’ll come with time – we all understand that. But it still doesn’t make it any better right now.”
Seen and Heard – Former Dallas Cowboys great Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson was seated courtside, recounting some memories from his playing days, including – among other things – his recollection that he once hit former Browns quarterback Brian Sipe “harder than (he’d) ever hit another man.”
Up Next – Cleveland closes out the three-game trip with a Monday night meeting in Memphis. They return home the following night to face Phoenix – the first of seven back-to-backs in December. The Cavs will play a home-and-away back-to-back every Friday and Saturday in the month.