The Big German finished with just 13 points on 6-17 shooting, but his final two buckets sealed the game as Dallas came back to beat the Cavaliers 96-86. The Cavaliers led by an many as eleven points and held a 48-36 advantage at halftime, but turnovers, stagnant offense and horrendous defense doomed the Cavaliers in the second half. Eleven of the Cavaliers’ eighteen turnovers came in the second half and Dallas scored 58 points after halftime
Dion Waiters paced Cleveland with 21 points (9-19 FG) and Shaun Livingston finished 13 points, six assists and five rebounds as the Cavs fell to 22-43. Rodrigue Beaubois led Dallas with 18 points and was one of three bench players to score in double figures for the Mavericks, who climbed to 31-34 for 10th in the West (three games behind the Lakers for the eight and final playoff spot).
While the Cavs ended the game poorly, this wasn’t the prettiest of starts either. Sure, they held an early lead (six minutes in they had a 13-4 lead) but Dallas wouldn’t hit double digits until there was just under four minutes left in the first period. In the second quarter, the Cavs had a good six minute stretch where they made a single basket. This is to be expected; without Kyrie Irving’s playmaking ability, the Cavs are going to suffer scoring droughts, especially against a well coached team like the Mavericks. [Read more...]