Cleveland Cavaliers fall late to New Orleans Pelicans, 104-100

Nov 22, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson (13) is defended by New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis (23) and point guard Tyreke Evans (1) during the fourth quarter of a game at New Orleans Arena. The Pelicans defeated the Cavaliers 104-100. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Pelicans rallied late to down the Cavs last night 104 to 100. The Pelicans improve to 6–6, while the Cavs fall to 4–9, and 1–7 away from home.

The Cavs fell apart late in the game, blowing a 12-point lead within the final five minutes. Until that point, however, the Cavs looked good, with a balanced attack that saw seven players get 23 or more minutes of playing time. Undrafted rookie Matthew Dellavedova made his first career start, while Dion Waiters returned to the sixth man role he had at Syracuse. Kyrie Irving led the scoring with 22 points (9–22 FG, 1–6 3FG) in a team-high 33 minutes, and guard Jarrett Jack turned in perhaps his best performance of the season, scoring 19 points on 9–13 shooting. Waiters scored 14 points (5–9 FG, 1–4 3FG) in just 26 minutes. Carrick Felix made his season debut, playing just two minutes.

The Pelicans were led by Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans, who scored 19 points apiece. Anthony Davis continued his stellar play, scoring 17 points and corralling 13 rebounds. Jrue Holiday added 15 points and had 11 assists in a team-high 38 minutes. They out-rebounded the Cavs 48 to 37 and had seven less turnovers (19 to 12).

First overall pick Anthony Bennett and Tyler Zeller did not play.

My Thoughts:

- That late-game meltdown was bad. They had a golden opportunity to get a win against a talented team on the road, and they blew it. This team needs to get it together; they have the talent, but I don’t think Mike Brown knows who he wants in his everyday rotation.

- Speaking of which, I don’t care how bad he looks, Anthony Bennett needs to play. Unless they expect Alonzo Gee or Earl Clark to be the future at SF, this guy needs to get playing time to improve.

- Andrew Bynum had eight points, one rebound and four assists. He was tied for the team lead in assists. Now THAT is an odd stat line.

- Glad to see Sergey Karasev getting a few minutes of playing time and making the most of it. I don’t know if he’ll ever grow to be anything other than a shooter, but he’s darn good at that.

Topics: Cleveland Cavaliers, Jarrett Jack, Kyrie Irving

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