Tony Z's Game 5 halftime thoughts - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Tony Z's Game 5 halftime thoughts


*The two guys the Cavaliers needed to come out strong offensively in Game 5 did exactly that. Kevin Love threw down a dozen points in the first quarter, 19 in the first half. Kyrie Irving followed with 11 in the first quarter.  

*The player the Cavs needed to come out strong on the boards was Tristan Thompson, and he did exactly that, out rebounding Bismack Biyombo 7-4 in the first half. 

*The Cavs pulled away in the first half with two tremendous runs. A 13-2 run to grab the lead in the first few minutes, and a 17-3 run to close the first quarter that extended to a 23-4 run in the second quarter. 

*The Cavaliers' defense was ferocious in this first half. They held the Raptors to 38 percent shooting, had 8 steals, and spent the entire second quarter up by at least 20 points. 

*Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry, who was a non-factor here in Games 1 and 2 but who rebounded on his home court, throwing down 35 in Game 4, didn't score until the midway mark of the second quarter. 

*Think LeBron wants even more? Interesting moment with 4:44 left in the first half. The Cavs didn't get a shot off before the shot clock expired. LeBron slammed the ball to the ground in frustration. They were up 21 at the time. 

*The Q is rocking tonight. This is the loudest it's been since the NBA Finals last season. The fans, who've been thinking of nothing but a return trip to the Finals all season, recognize that it turned out to be tougher than they thought, and they're pushing the Cavs over the top in this series.  

*Browns cornerback Joe Haden got the crowd going before the game, and UFC Heavyweight Champ Stipe Miocic added to it early on with an on-screen announcement that he'll defend his title at the "Q" on September 10th. 

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