Staring down the barrel of a three-game losing streak, the Cleveland Cavaliers trail the Phoenix Suns 59-38 at the half in Sunday's game at Quicken Loans Arena. After a moderately-close opening quarter, the Suns turned on the jets in the second to outscore Cleveland 30-18.
Suns center Marcin Gortat has been the story of the afternoon with 18 points and a pair of blocks, as the Cavaliers have been completely unable to keep him contained on the inside. All-Star point guard Steve Nash has also been nearly perfect as a distributor with eight assists and zero turnovers, and has had his way with a lackadaisical Cleveland defense.
Despite having eight separate players reach the scoring column in the first half, the Cavs played much of the first 24 minutes without a consistent scoring option. Star rookie Kyrie Irving leads Cleveland with seven points and four rebounds, but has also coughed the ball up four times and shot just 2-for-6 from the field.
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