Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 1/5/13
James Harden was just too much in the second half as the Cavaliers couldn’t take advantage of the home crowd in a 112-104 loss to Houston on Saturday night. Harden, who scored just 2 points on 0 FGs in the first half, finished with 29 points and 7 steals. Kyrie Irving, who made several spectacular plays again tonight, scored 30 points and had 6 assists, but had 8 turnovers and was forced to be the only offensive weapon late in the game again. Tristan Thompson had another great game with 14 points (on 9 shots) and 16 rebounds (including 8 offensive), while Dion Waiters had 13 points, but was a -13 for the night as Houston’s bench dominated while on the court. HOUSTON ROCKETS 20-14 (Won last 4) CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 8-27 (Lost last 1) Team 1 2 3 4 Total HOU 20 34 24 34 112 CLE 26 24 28 26 104 Houston Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts J. Lin G 38:13 7-13 3-5 3-5 +6 0 4 5 4 1 0 1 5 20 J. Harden G 37:56 6-17 3-9 14-15 +2 0 2 3 5 7 1 1 3 29 O. Asik C 21:18 1-3 0-0 2-4 -1 3 6 1 0 0 2 0 4 4 C. Parsons F 25:57 2-9 1-5 2-2 -7 1 5 3 3 0 0 1 0 7 M. Morris F 21:46 4-8 1-4 2-2 -5 2 5 3 1 1 0 0 0 11 Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts Totals 37-79 12-34 26-36 12 43 23 17 11 4 3 23 112 Percentages .468 .353 .722 Team Rebounds: 13 C. Delfino 27:34 3-6 2-5 1-1 +17 0 3 2 2 1 0 0 2 9 P. Patterson 26:14 7-13 1-4 0-0 +13 1 6 2 1 0 1 0 3 15 G. Smith 26:12 5-5 0-0 1-5 +8 4 11 2 0 1 0 0 5 11 T. Douglas 14:50 2-5 1-2 1-2 +7 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 6 C. Aldrich DNP – Coach’s Decision J. Anderson DNP – Coach’s Decision T. Jones DNP – Inactive S. Machado DNP – Coach’s Decision D. Motiejunas DNP – Coach’s Decision R. White DNP – Inactive Cleveland Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts K. Irving G 41:08 10-24 3-8 7-8 -6 1 4 6 8 4 0 1 2 30 C.J. Miles G 25:52 4-14 1-6 0-0 0 1 3 1 0 1 0 0 4 9 T. Zeller C 37:04 4-9 0-0 4-4 0 1 5 5 0 3 1 0 3 12 T. Thompson F 37:07 5-11 0-0 4-6 -8 8 16 2 1 1 1 1 3 14 A. Gee F 31:30 6-12 2-4 4-4 -1 1 6 1 1 1 0 2 6 18 Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts Totals 36-91 7-23 25-28 17 44 20 13 11 3 4 25 104 Percentages .396 .304 .893 Team Rebounds: 10 D. Waiters 28:50 4-13 1-5 4-4 -13 1 5 1 3 0 0 0 2 13 S. Livingston 16:40 0-3 0-0 0-0 -4 0 0 3 0 1 1 0 3 0 K. Jones 12:13 2-2 0-0 2-2 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 L. Walton 9:36 1-3 0-0 0-0 -8 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 O. Casspi DNP – Coach’s Decision D. Gibson DNP – Inactive J. Leuer DNP – Inactive J. Pargo DNP – Coach’s Decision S. Samuels DNP – Coach’s Decision A. Varejao DNP – Inactive
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