Mar 20, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) dunks against Cleveland Cavaliers center Tyler Zeller (40) in the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Cavaliers fall to Thunder 102-95

In the fourth, after trailing for the majority of the second half, the Cleveland Cavaliers went on a 21-2 run against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The run was capped off by a Dion Waiters layup that brought the Cavaliers within five points of the Thunder. And with 1:12 to go, there was still enough time on the clock for Cleveland to have have a chance to complete their comeback.

But a combination of stout defense play from the Thunder and poor shot selection ultimately doomed the Cavaliers’ comeback. In the end the Cavaliers fell by a final score of 102-95. Dion Waiters led the Cavaliers with 30 points and Spencer Hawes added 20. Thunder forward Kevin Durant led all scorers with 35 points.

This game started off poorly, as both teams shot under 40 percent during the opening quarter. But in the second quarter, the Thunder outscored the Cavaliers by 14 and seemingly broke the game wide open. From there, both teams settled it and it looked like the end would come slowly and painfully for the Cavaliers.

That obviously changed in the fourth quarter. With Waiters and Hawes leading the run, the Cavaliers slowly made their way back into the game. But late, Hawes pulled the trigger from 30-feet and the Thunder pulled down the rebound. A Waiters three with 23 seconds left kept the hope alive, but it was too little too late.

Five Thoughts

  1. Waiters has emerged as possibly the second best Cavalier behind Irving and is definitely a leader on this team.  If/when Irving returns this season, it will be interesting to see if Waiters. stays in the starting lineup.
  2. One thing about Waiters: He was 6-12 from the line tonight. If he is going to take that jump and become a viable longterm second scorer next to Irving, that’s one area he needs to improve upon.
  3. Tyler Zeller has been low-key much better this season. I’m very comfortable with him as a backup center moving forward.
  4. Alonzo Gee isn’t a good basketball player and he is probably in the final stretch of his days as a Cavalier, but he does occasional dunk with authority at the rim. One of those random acts of dunk came tonight during the Cavaliers run.
  5. Give credit to where credit is due for Matthew Dellavedova. He recorded his first double-double tonight and was tasked with defending Durant for chunks of this game.

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