The Cleveland Cavaliers took on the Indiana Pacers yesterday in their last game of 2013 and fell by a score of 91-76, getting drubbed in the fourth quarter after three quarters of competitive basketball. RDE’s Kevin Stankiewicz discussed the Cavaliers’ effort in his recap of yesterdays game.
The Cleveland Cavaliers jumped out to an early, 17-9 lead, over the East Conference leading Indiana Pacers. It looked as if they might be able to hang with the Goliath of the East today. And for most of the game, they did. They ran out of gas with about 9:00 left in the game. They trailed only by one, 71-70, after an Anthony Bennett jumper. But that is when the Pacers started looking like the 25-5 team that they are. They slowly pulled away and ended up beating the Cavs, 91-76. The Wine and Gold dropped to 10-21, and three full games out of the final playoff spot in the East.
All in all, it wasn’t the best game for the Cavaliers yesterday and they were on the bad end of some of the games most exciting plays. And there was also this, the moment where ever Cavalier fan held their breath. As a result of hurting his knee, Irving will have an MRI today (or, in all likelihood, has already had it) to see how severe the damage is.
But Irving did do this, one of his five dimes on the night.
Also, Roy Hibbert blocked Earl Clark with authority when the Cavs forward attacked the rim in pursuit of a bucket. And in this case, the Hibbert rule of verticality applies to the fullest extent.
Lastly, here are the full game highlights. As you can see, the game was largely slow in the first half. And all things considered, the Cavaliers hung in well and did well for three quarters. And then the fourth quarter happened.