The Great, Not So Great, and Bottom Line of Cavs’ win over Thunder

Without Donovan Mitchell(lower leg) and Kevin Love(back), the Cavaliers concluded their three-game homestand against the Thunder Saturday night on the second half of a back-to-back.

Mitchell and Love both missed Friday’s loss to the Kings, where the Cavs were shocked by Sacramento 106-95. Fortunately, Saturday night was a different story as the Cavs defeated OKC 110-102.

Here’s the Great, Not So Great, and Bottom Line of the Cavs’ win over the Thunder


Evan Mobley had 21 points and 12 rebounds. Mobley was big in the fourth, where he scored 12 points, including two threes.

Jarrett Allen was also big-time for the Cavs. He had 21 points and 11 rebounds. The Thunder had a hard time keeping off the glass as Allen had six offensive rebounds. In addition, he feasted at the line as he made seven of his 13 free throw attempts.

Caris LeVert had a team-high 22 points, including four threes. He also added four rebounds and four assists.

Fourth Quarter: On Friday, the Kings had a 19-0 run to close the game after the Cavs had an eight-point lead with just under five minutes left.

Against OKC, Cleveland took a 10-point lead into the fourth. However, the Thunder went on a 17-7 run to tie things up at 89 with just over seven minutes to go. The Cavs came back with a 15-4 run to take an 11-point with just over three minutes left, and at that point, Cleveland was in control.

Not So Great:

Darius Garland’s turnovers: Garland had six of the team’s 13 turnovers. 

Bottom Line:

Nice win for the Cavs after falling apart late against Sacramento. Everyone contributed as all five starters ended the night in double figures. The Kings punched the Cavs in the mouth, and they dropped, and OKC did the same. However, Cleveland responded with a few jabs of their own, which got them the victory.

What’s Next:

Cleveland begins a two-game road trip in Texas, starting with the Spurs on Monday night.

Best of the Rest:

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 23 points; Aleksej Pokusevski had 16 points and a season-high tying 14 rebounds. Josh Giddey added 17 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists.

For the Cavs, Darius Garland had 13 points and eight assists; Lamar Stevens added 10 points, seven rebounds, three steals, and a block.

Junkyard Dog:

Evan Mobley got the “Junkyard Dog” award for his impressive performance against OKC.

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