Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 12/21/12
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At one point, this game was actually close. the Cavs went into halftime with the slimmest of leads, 45-44. After halftime, the bottom fell out of defense. Indiana dropped 33 points in the third period and Cleveland could never recover. Roy Hibbert (18 points) and David West (15 points) killed the Cavs inside (Anderson Varejao was sorely missed). On the other end, Cleveland shot a dismal 40% from the floor and the offense looked very disjointed for much of the game. The lone Cavalier bright spot was Tristan Thompson’s double-double (12 points, 13 boards), although Tyler Zeller had his moments in his second career start (12 points, 7 boards). Kyrie had 17 points but it took him 16 attempts (and he looked listless doing it) and Dion Waiters had 11 points and 7 assists (buyt just 4-12 FG). The Cavs face the Bucks Saturday night in Milwaukee, game time is 8:30 pm. FINAL Team 1 2 3 4 Total IND 23 21 33 22 99 CLE 23 22 22 22 89 Indiana Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts G. Hill G 36:37 5-13 2-5 1-1 +17 1 8 5 1 2 0 1 2 13 L. Stephenson G 32:17 7-8 0-1 2-4 +12 0 2 7 0 2 0 0 3 16 R. Hibbert C 24:06 8-12 0-0 2-2 +12 3 6 0 2 0 2 1 5 18 P. George F 35:11 4-13 0-3 2-3 +20 1 5 4 5 5 1 1 3 10 D. West F 33:41 7-14 0-1 1-5 +17 2 10 2 1 0 0 0 1 15 Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts Totals 39-80 5-16 16-25 11 44 24 17 9 5 6 21 99 Percentages .488 .312 .640 Team Rebounds: 13 I. Mahinmi 22:37 3-6 0-0 2-4 +4 1 3 3 3 0 1 1 4 8 G. Green 15:43 4-6 2-4 4-4 -2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 14 T. Hansbrough 13:02 0-3 0-0 2-2 -1 1 4 1 2 0 0 1 2 2 S. Young 12:49 1-3 1-1 0-0 -10 1 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 B. Hansbrough 11:23 0-1 0-1 0-0 -7 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 J. Pendergraph 1:17 0-1 0-0 0-0 -6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 M. Plumlee 1:17 0-0 0-0 0-0 -6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 D.J. Augustin DNP – Coach’s Decision D. Granger DNP – Inactive O. Johnson DNP – Inactive Cleveland Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts K. Irving G 35:09 5-16 0-3 7-7 -13 0 1 5 6 1 0 1 0 17 D. Waiters G 30:38 4-12 0-3 3-4 -8 0 3 7 2 1 0 1 3 11 T. Zeller C 34:32 5-13 0-0 2-2 -13 1 7 1 3 0 2 1 3 12 T. Thompson F 34:27 5-9 0-0 2-5 -21 4 13 0 3 0 2 1 3 12 A. Gee F 31:30 4-8 1-2 2-2 -12 0 0 2 2 1 1 0 3 11 Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts Totals 32-80 5-16 20-26 6 35 19 16 4 6 5 22 89 Percentages .400 .312 .769 Team Rebounds: 12 D. Gibson 28:56 3-6 2-4 0-1 -6 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 8 S. Samuels 18:21 1-3 0-0 2-2 +3 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 5 4 C.J. Miles 15:13 4-11 2-4 0-1 -5 1 5 1 0 1 1 0 1 10 K. Jones 8:40 1-2 0-0 0-0 +11 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 2 J. Pargo 1:17 0-0 0-0 2-2 +7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 O. Casspi 1:17 0-0 0-0 0-0 +7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 J. Leuer DNP – Coach’s Decision D. Sloan DNP – Inactive A. Varejao DNP – Inactive L. Walton DNP – Coach’s Decision +/-: Team net points while player in game TO: Turnovers PF: Personal Fouls BS: Blocked Shots BA: Blocks Against
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