Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 1/31/12

Bummer. The Cavaliers were down 18 points heading into the 4th quarter, and then went on a crazy run to close within 2 points. In the end, though, they just didn’t quite have enough to overcome the hole they dug. On one hand, the Cavs showed a lot of pride in not giving up and a ton of heart in coming back. On the other hand, it was disappointing seeing them let themselves fall so far back in the first place. The Cavaliers will have to learn to put together 4th quarter effort in the first 3 quarters before they start consistently beating good teams and winning these kind of games.

The real story of the game, though, was Anderson Varejao. When the rest of the team was doing nothing, it was Varejao who put the team on his back and just carried them to keep them from falling behind by 30+ points. Andy finished the game with 20 points and 20 rebounds for an amazing 20-20 game, the team’s first since Carlos Boozer.

Boston Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts R. Allen(notes) G 38:06 4-10 2-5 2-2 +9 0 2 8 4 2 0 0 3 12 A. Bradley(notes) G 37:05 4-7 0-0 0-0 +5 2 2 1 1 0 0 1 3 8 J. O’Neal(notes) C 23:15 5-7 0-0 2-2 +4 1 3 2 1 1 2 0 1 12 P. Pierce(notes) F 33:58 7-14 0-2 6-9 +2 0 4 6 1 3 0 0 1 20 K. Garnett(notes) F 31:49 5-12 0-0 3-4 +7 1 4 4 0 1 0 0 3 13 Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts Totals 37-73 5-14 14-19 7 28 25 14 9 2 3 20 93 Percentages .507 .357 .737 Team Rebounds: 12 B. Bass(notes) 28:58 6-9 0-0 1-2 -4 1 6 2 2 1 0 0 3 13 M. Pietrus(notes) 18:13 2-7 2-6 0-0 +1 0 5 1 1 1 0 2 1 6 C. Wilcox(notes) 11:22 0-2 0-0 0-0 +5 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 E. Moore(notes) 10:58 2-3 1-1 0-0 +1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 5 S. Pavlovic(notes) 6:02 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 M. Daniels(notes) DNP – Coach’s Decision J. Johnson(notes) DNP – Coach’s Decision G. Stiemsma(notes) DNP – Coach’s Decision Cleveland Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts K. Irving(notes) G 37:25 6-15 0-1 6-6 0 0 1 6 2 0 0 0 1 18 M. Thompson(notes) G 30:52 3-9 2-4 0-0 -13 0 1 4 3 1 1 0 2 8 A. Varejao(notes) C 41:10 10-17 0-1 0-0 -4 10 20 2 4 0 1 1 2 20 A. Jamison(notes) F 35:14 5-11 1-5 1-2 -4 0 2 3 1 1 1 1 3 12 O. Casspi(notes) F 18:49 2-5 2-2 0-2 -14 2 3 1 1 1 0 0 3 6 Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts Totals 33-74 6-16 15-21 13 39 26 16 7 3 2 18 87 Percentages .446 .375 .714 Team Rebounds: 9 A. Gee(notes) 29:15 3-6 1-3 4-5 +8 0 3 1 0 4 0 0 3 11 R. Sessions(notes) 27:37 3-5 0-0 0-2 +1 1 5 9 3 0 0 0 1 6 S. Samuels(notes) 14:17 1-5 0-0 4-4 +1 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 3 6 T. Thompson(notes) 5:06 0-1 0-0 0-0 -5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 S. Erden(notes) DNP – Coach’s Decision C. Eyenga(notes) DNP – Coach’s Decision R. Hollins(notes) DNP – Coach’s Decision
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