Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
The Cavaliers blew a fourth-quarter lead and lost, 84-78, to the Grizzlies on Monday.
The Cavs were outscored 22-9 in the final quarter and scored just two points over the final 5:55 of the game. Cleveland made just four of their 20 field goal attempts in the quarter and just one of 10 three-point attempts. The late-game struggles came after Cleveland shot the ball well during the first three quarters. The Cavs shot 48.2 percent prior to the fourth quarter, including 3-of-6 on three-point attempts.
Despite struggling in the fourth quarter, Cleveland still had a chance to win the game. Jeremy Pargo put the Cavs up 76-74 with 5:56 to play, but Memphis outscored the Cavs, 10-2, the rest of the way to secure the comeback victory. Dion Waiters and Anderson Varejao led Cleveland with 15 points, although neither scored in the fourth quarter. Varejao also pulled down 22 rebounds.