April 20, 2014

Box Score: Thunder 106, Cavaliers 91

The OKC Thunder may not have James Harden, but they still packed more than enough punch. The Cavaliers played tough for three quarters in one of the NBA’s toughest venues, but Russell Westbrook’s barrage of buckets late in the third and early in the fourth proved to be too much as Westbrook’s 27 points led the Thunder’s 55% shooting effort as they pulled away from the Cavaliers 106-91. Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers with 20 points, Alonzo Gee added 18, and aside, from Daniel Gibson’s 16 points, the bench was a giant smoking crater devoid of production. The Cavaliers are now 1-4 on their current road trip, which they’ll conclude on Tuesday night in Brooklyn when they take on the Nets.

Cleveland

Starters

Pos

Min

FG

3Pt

FT

+/-

Off

Reb

Ast

TO

Stl

BS

BA

PF

Pts

K. Irving

G

34:04

9-16

2-3

0-2

-14

1

4

5

4

1

0

1

1

20

D. Waiters

G

21:11

3-6

1-2

1-2

+9

1

4

0

2

0

0

0

2

8

A. Varejao

C

32:42

2-8

0-0

2-4

-13

1

8

6

3

2

0

0

3

6

T. Thompson

F

33:12

3-6

0-0

4-4

+1

2

8

1

1

2

0

0

3

10

A. Gee

F

31:56

7-17

2-7

2-2

-11

0

0

1

0

2

0

4

3

18

Bench

Min

FG

3Pt

FT

+/-

Off

Reb

Ast

TO

Stl

BS

BA

PF

Pts

Totals

34-83

7-23

16-23

10

36

19

12

11

0

10

19

91

Percentages

.410

.304

.696

Team Rebounds: 8
D. Gibson

28:54

6-12

1-5

3-3

-24

1

5

0

0

1

0

2

1

16

J. Leuer

23:45

2-8

0-1

0-2

-9

2

2

2

0

0

0

0

2

4

O. Casspi

13:59

1-7

1-4

4-4

-4

1

4

0

1

2

0

2

2

7

D. Sloan

11:54

0-2

0-1

0-0

-5

0

0

4

1

0

0

1

0

0

S. Samuels

6:21

0-0

0-0

0-0

-9

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

J. Pargo

2:02

1-1

0-0

0-0

+4

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2

L. Harangody DNP – Inactive
C.J. Miles DNP – Coach’s Decision
L. Walton DNP – Coach’s Decision
T. Zeller DNP – Inactive

Oklahoma City

Starters

Pos

Min

FG

3Pt

FT

+/-

Off

Reb

Ast

TO

Stl

BS

BA

PF

Pts

R. Westbrook

G

39:36

10-16

4-6

3-4

+11

1

6

10

8

4

0

0

5

27

T. Sefolosha

G

29:10

3-6

1-2

0-0

-6

1

3

1

2

1

1

0

2

7

K. Perkins

C

25:19

4-4

0-0

2-3

+4

2

5

1

1

0

0

0

3

10

K. Durant

F

35:46

9-16

1-2

7-8

+16

0

8

2

2

0

1

0

1

26

S. Ibaka

F

33:54

5-11

0-2

4-4

+20

0

7

0

2

0

7

0

3

14

Bench

Min

FG

3Pt

FT

+/-

Off

Reb

Ast

TO

Stl

BS

BA

PF

Pts

Totals

40-73

7-15

19-22

4

41

20

21

7

10

0

22

106

Percentages

.548

.467

.864

Team Rebounds: 7
K. Martin

30:03

6-9

1-1

3-3

+25

0

5

3

1

2

0

0

2

16

N. Collison

19:28

2-2

0-0

0-0

+14

0

4

0

1

0

0

0

3

4

E. Maynor

12:57

0-4

0-2

0-0

+10

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

P. Jones

5:39

0-3

0-0

0-0

-3

0

1

0

2

0

0

0

2

0

D. Orton

2:02

1-1

0-0

0-0

-4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

2

R. Jackson

2:02

0-1

0-0

0-0

-4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

J. Lamb

2:02

0-0

0-0

0-0

-4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

D. Liggins

2:02

0-0

0-0

0-0

-4

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

 

 

 

  • typo

    Dion Waiters started the game 3 of 4, 7 points and looked good. Scott then sat him for over 12 minutes by my count. I don’t get the logic in that.

  • FearTheRoo

    I don’t think Waiters played for the whole 4th quarter, and Kyrie was in for maybe the last 5 min. How can we win with both of them on the bench? It’s become clear that our 2nd team is terrible. Any momentum or lead the first team gets will automatically turn into a double-digit deficit thanks to the scrubs.

  • Du

    How come Dion Waiters only got 21 minutes??? He looked great in the first quarter, coming off a nice game in Phoenix.

    Think he needs to be at 30 minutes at a minimum for this team to have a chance. CJ Miles stinks but replacing him with Jon Leuer and Omri Casspi is 6 or half a dozen IMO.

  • SDA

    To reply to everyone who posted. Is it possible Scott was thinking in order to catch up defense was what was needed? I love Kyrie but the defense still has a long way to go. I do think it will get there, same with Waiters. Right now we have Boobie , AV, And Gee playing good enough defense to win games. I think by the mid point of the season this will be a much better looking team.

  • Dave

    I’m not really upset about this road trip:
    1. Our schedule started tough. Beating up on bad teams like the Wizards and Charlotte would be more fun, but we’re having to play with the good teams.
    2. The play from our starters is what we really care about. It’s not like we’re going to be competing for a championship this year, and we knew the bench sucked.
    3. The games have been close enough that teams know they can’t just put our game in the W column.

  • mgbode

    i would agree if we had held onto that PHX game. that one hurts the most because we ‘should’ have won it.

  • thenoclist

    Not at all impressed with Scott’s rotations thus far this season. Hopefully he’s just feeling things out and it improves later in the season.