There is a reoccurring theme going on with this young Cavalier ball club. They play hard, stay in the game, and then falter at the end.
This game however, they didn’t wait until the end.
Both teams started off cold, but the Suns scored the first seven points of the game and held that lead the whole first quarter. The Cavs battled back in the second quarter behind Alonzo Gee and Jeremy Pargo, who each had seven points, but the team still trailed by five going into the break.
The third quarter belonged to Anderson Varejao who had 14 points on 7 of 8 shooting. Behind Varejao the Cavs took a 59-57 lead (their first one of the game) with 3:28 left in the third quarter.
They would never lead again
Phoenix got hot as the Arizona sun and went on a 14-0 run to end the third quarter, which was just too much for the Cavs to overcome. The Suns would go on to increase the lead to 21 late in the 4th quarter as they cruised to an easy win.
While Goran Dragic led the Suns with 19 points, and Beasley shot an efficient 6-8, for 15 points, it was the Suns bench who outscored the Cavs bench 38-17 that made the difference.
As good as Anderson’s game was, and has been all year, it is simply not enough to overcome all the negatives. He shot 10 for 15 and had 22 points and 18 rebounds. Meanwhile Jeremy Pargo shot just 3 of 12 and had just as many turnovers as assists, Dion Waiters scored 16 points, but needed 20 shots to do it and Tristan Thompson added 1 field goal in 24 minutes.
Coach Byron Scott ripped into his team after this game, but what did he expect? The Cavs were coming off their fourth game in five nights, they are without Kyrie Irving and are having major problems getting any significant contribution from their bench.
Unfortunately the struggling Cavs do not get much time to lick their wounds, they have 2 days off then they hit the road again to face the 8-4 Atlanta Hawks.