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.
NOTHING AT THIS TIME. No complaints! They beat an undefeated team on the road.
Cleveland beat two teams in the last two games that will probably be contenders in their respective conferences, which is impressive.
Cleveland continues their west coast trip on Wednesday night in Los Angeles against the Clippers.
Best of the rest:
Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with game-highs of 24 points and 19 rebounds, Aaron Gordon added 12 points and nine rebounds.
Collin Sexton had 14 points for the Cavs, Lauri Markkanen added 12 points and four rebounds. Darius Garland returned and scored nine points and seven assists after missing the previous two games with an ankle injury. Ricky Rubio had seven points, eight assists, and four rebounds.
He and Facundo Campazzo received double technicals in the third quarter after the two went face-to-face.
After the game, Kevin Love hilariously described what he saw: