Cavs’ Love: ‘I do feel like we’re playing a good brand of basketball now’

The Cleveland Cavaliers(19-32) finished off their three-game road trip the right way as they routed the OKC Thunder(20-32) 129-102 0n Thursday night . Cleveland’s 27-point win was their largest margin of victory this season, and the team finished 2-1 on this road trip. Also, Cleveland matched their win total from last season.

With Thursday’s 27-point win and their 125-101 victory over San Antonio on Monday, Cleveland has won two straight games by 20 points or more on the road for the first time since April 2017 and the second time in franchise history.

Cleveland got another big-time effort from its backcourt of Collin Sexton(27 points) and Darius Garland(21 points), who combined for 48 points, and Taurean Prince, who scored 22 points off the bench. The Cavaliers had six players in double figures, including all five starters.

The Cavs had excellent ball movement on Thursday night and finished the game with 35 assists on 48 made field goals, led by seven assists from reserve Matthew Dellavedova.

“35 assists on 48 field goals,” Cavaliers head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “That’s ball movement, that execution, that’s unselfish play.”

Kevin Love, who had 18 points and 11 rebounds on Thursday night, which was his second double-double in three games, likes how the Cavs are playing right now.

“I always talk about trending in the right direction, but I do feel like we’re playing a good brand of basketball now,” Love said. “Just getting Larry(Nance Jr.) back and JA(Jarrett Allen). More bodies out there, more guys that can do different things. It’s going to be a huge luxury for us.”

Cleveland is playing a good brand of basketball right now. Garland is playing with confidence, Love is starting to look like himself, and Sexton continues to score the basketball at a high level, and hopefully, Nance Jr. and Allen will return soon.

With 21 games left, they will have to finish strong if they want to participate in the Play-in Tournament. Currently, they are three games behind the Bulls for the 10th and final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs and 1/2 game behind the Toronto Raptors, who they host on Saturday night. Cleveland has two games left against the Bulls, so they have shot.

It’s now or never for the Cavs, and based on what we saw on this three-game road trip, maybe they do have a run in them.