Coming off a 3-2 road trip, the Cleveland Cavaliers were happy to be back at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Wednesday night against the Blazers(3-5).
Cleveland led by as many as 11 points in the fourth. However, Portland cut it to one with over eight minutes left. The Cavaliers never surrendered the lead and survived after Damian Lillard missed a game-tying three at the buzzer to defeat Portland 107-104 for their second straight win.
After starting 0-2, Cleveland(5-4) has won five of their last seven.
The Cavs had six players in double figures for the second game in the row.
Here is the Great, Not the Great, and Bottom Line of Cleveland’s win over the Blazers.
The Great for the Cavaliers:
-Jarrett Allen again was huge for the Cavaliers. He had team-highs in points(24) and rebounds(17). Allen made plays in the paint and scored eight straight points for the Cavs in the fourth after the Blazers cut the lead to one.
Allen had 24 points and 16 rebounds against Charlotte on Monday night.
-Darius Garland had a double-double with 19 points and 10 assists. The third-year guard was 5/6 from three-point range. Cleveland had 29 assists on Wednesday night
-Evan Mobley recorded his second consecutive double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. According to the Cavs, Mobley became just the fifth Cavs rookie since 2002-03 to accomplish that feat. In addition, Mobley had a block, and it was a big block on Lillard late in the fourth quarter.
Mobley is the only rookie with three double-doubles this season.
-Collin Sexton, the team’s leading scorer, had an efficient night as he went 8/13 from the field and finished 21 points.
-Cleveland shot 53% from the field and 15-30 from downtown on Wednesday night, both season-highs.
-Dylan Windler and Cedi Osman were huge off the Cavs’ bench. Windler had 13 points, including 3/3 from three-point range, while Osman added 12 points with four threes.
Not so Great for the Cavaliers:
Cleveland had 19 turnovers on Wednesday night, which led to 31 Blazer points.
The Cavaliers may have turned the corner after starting the season 0-2. The five-game road trip has given this team a lot of confidence. Without Lauri Markkanen(Health & Safety Protocols), Kevin Love(Health & Safety Protocols), and Isaac Okoro(hamstring), other players stepped up. Cavs head coach J.B. Bickerstaff has the team playing with much energy and effort.
“We’re having fun and we’re playing the right way,” Allen said. “We’re just going out and playing basketball together.”
Cleveland goes back on the road to battle the Raptors on Friday night.
Best of the Rest:
Damian Lillard led the Blazers with 26 points on 10/27 shooting; Norman Powell scored 23 points, and C.J. McCollum added 21 points.
Sexton, Garland, and Allen react to win over Blazers: