On Monday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers(2-2) won for the second straight time when they defeated the Denver Nuggets(2-1) on the road 99-87.
Here is the great, the not the so great, and the bottom line of the Cavs’ win over Denver.
The Great for the Cavaliers:
Kevin Love has embraced the role of coming off the bench. The 13-year veteran was fantastic for the Cavs on Tuesday night. Love scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed six rebounds in 21 minutes of action. He also passed John “Hot Rod” Williams for sole possession of fifth on the Cavaliers all-time defensive rebounds list.
-Jarrett Allen was sensational for Cleveland. He was 10/11 from the field and scored 21 points, and collected a team-high 16 rebounds in 37 minutes of action. According to StatMuse, Allen is the first player with a 20/15 game on 90% shooting since Allen did it on February 24 and February 21.
-Rookie Evan Mobley had 10 points and eight rebounds. Also, Mobley is just the second rookie in NBA history to average 15.0+ PPG, 8.0+ RPG, 3.0+ APG, 2.0+ BPG, and 1.0+ SPG through his first three career games.
-Defense: Cleveland allowed an average of 127.5 points per game in the first two games of the season, which were both losses. In the last two games, the Cavaliers have allowed an average of 87 points per contest. In addition, they forced 22 Nugget turnovers.
-J.B. Bickerstaff: Give him a ton of credit. He has this team playing solid defense, and he’s doing a good job managing this roster. He has this team playing inspired basketball.
-Fourth-quarter: The Cavaliers started the quarter on a 14-3 run. Cleveland was outstanding defensively in the fourth as they held Denver to only 17 points.
-Lauri Markkanen’s dunk over Jokic in the first quarter was ridiculous.
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Set the tone early with this one 🤯@betwayusa | #LetEmKnow pic.twitter.com/mzfo9z1Scy— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) October 26, 2021