In case you missed the game, the highlights from last night’s Cleveland Cavaliers-Oklahoma City Thunder matchup are below. From my game story:
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.
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