Cavs dominate and defeat 76ers

The Cleveland Cavaliers(14-8) returned home on Wednesday night to face the Philadelphia 76ers(12-10). Following one of the worst performances of the season, where they were beaten in Toronto by the Raptors, Cleveland played one of its better games this season as they dominated and defeated the 76ers 113-85.

The Cavs led by as many as 33 points in this game and were never really threatened after the second quarter by Philadelphia.

Here’s the Great, Not So Great, and the Bottom Line of the Cavs’ win over the 76ers.


Second Quarter: This was the best quarter of the season for the Cavs. They were an incredible 16 from 17 from the field(94%), including 5/5 from deep. Evan Mobley, who missed the only shot in the quarter for Cleveland, had 10 points, Donovan Mitchell had nine, and Caris LeVert added eight. Cleveland outscored the 76ers 44-27 and led 69-48 at halftime.

The 44 points in a quarter is a season-high.

Cleveland shot 73% from the field in the first half.

Everybody was Great:

  • LeVert led the way with 22 points off the bench.

  • Garland had 21 points and nine assists.

  • Mitchell had 18 points, including five threes.

  • Mobley added 16 points and eight rebounds.

  • After struggling against Toronto, Isaac Okoro chipped in with 11 points off the pine.

Defensively, they limited the 76ers to 41% shooting and allowed a season-low 85 points.

Shooting: Cleveland shot 61% from the field, including 52% from deep. They were flat out on fire.

Not So Great:

Nothing to see here!!

Bottom Line:

Last season, the 76ers swept the season series from the Cavs(4-0), but Cleveland had a different energy Wednesday night. They really wanted to beat Philadelphia, and it showed.

If it wasn’t apparent, the Cavs are a totally different team at home, and they are 9-1 and look more confident at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

You can argue the 76ers were depleted as they were without James Harden and Tyrese Maxey, but Philly had won three straight and four out of five, so this was an excellent win for the Cavs.

What’s Next:

Cleveland returns Friday at home against the Magic.

Best of the Rest:

Joel Embiid led the 76ers with 19 points, six rebounds, six assists, and three steals; Shake Milton added 14 points.

Cedi Osman moved to eighth place on the Cavs’ all-time three-pointers made list(544) on Wednesday.

Junkyard Dog:

Mamadi Diakite, who got the start for an injured Jarrett Allen(back), earned the “Junkyard Dog” award for his performance against the 76ers. He finished the night with six points, four rebounds, and two assists.

The Great, Not So Great, & Bottom Line of Cavs’ loss to Raptors

The Cleveland Cavaliers(13-8) finished their three-game road trip in Toronto on the second half of a back-to-back against the Raptors(11-9). Cleveland was again without Jarrett Allen(back) and Lamar Stevens(illness). However, they did get back Caris LeVert, but it wasn’t enough.

Toronto led by nine at halftime and dominated the third as they led by as many as 18 in the quarter. The Raptors had their largest lead of the game of 20 in the fourth, and they would defeat the Cavs 100-88 at Scotiabank Arena.

Here’s the Great, Not So Great, and the Bottom Line of the Cavs’ loss to the Raptors.


Evan Mobley had his second straight double-double with 18 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks. This was his fifth double-double in the last seven games.

Darius Garland had 18 points, 10 assists, and three steals. He was 7/11 from the field; he shot it well for Cleveland. It’s his third double-double in the last four games.

Not So Great: 

Isaac Okoro got the start for the injured Jarrett Allen. His shot was off as he shot 1/11 from the field. Okoro was solid in the past two games but was not very good on Monday night. He finished with two points.

Donovan Mitchell scored five points in the first quarter but added only three points the rest of the way. Mitchell ended the night with a season-low eight points on 3/11 shooting. He was 2/4 in the first quarter but was 1/7 the rest of the way.

Shooting: The Cavs shot 38% from the field and was 7/38 from deep. Against the Pistons, they were 8/28 from deep. In the last two games, the Cavs were a combined 15/66 from downtown.

Bottom Line

Cleveland was not very good against the Raptors; they did not have the energy and could not make shots. This is a make-or-miss league, and the Cavs missed a lot. Nights like this happen in an 82-game schedule, but they must be better.

What’s Next:

The Cavs return home on Wednesday to battle the 76ers. 

Best of the Rest:

The Toronto Raptors had six players in double figures on Monday night; O.G. Anunoby had 20 points, and Pascal Siakam, who returned after missing 10 games with an adductor injury, added 18 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists.

LeVert, who returned after missing four games with an ankle injury, added nine points for Cleveland off the bench.  

The Great, Not So Great, & Bottom Line of Cavs’ win over Pistons

The Cleveland Cavaliers(13-7) continued their three-game road trip in Detroit to face the Pistons(5-17). Cleveland has lost five straight on the road and has not played well away from Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

The Cavs were without Jarrett Allen(lower back). In addition, they were missing Kevin Love(thumb), Caris LeVert(ankle), and Lamar Stevens(illness).

However, they were able to get back to their winning ways on the road as they defeated the Pistons 102-94 at Little Caesars Arena.

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


Second & Fourth Quarter Donovan Mitchell: The three-time All-Star scored 11 points in the second quarter on 4/6 shooting and helped close the show in the fourth as he scored 14(4/6 FG) of his 32 points. Overall, he did not shoot it well, 9/23 FG, but he did what he needed to do when it mattered most. 

Evan Mobley: The second-year forward was big-time in Detroit. He scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds; this was Mobley’s fourth double-double in six games. Mobley made two threes(his total for the season), including a big three that gave the Cavs the lead for good at 93-90 with under five minutes to go.

Fourth Quarter: Cleveland trailed 78-73 heading into the fourth. From there, the Cavs took over. Cleveland shot 54% from the field, including 5/7 from downtown, and held the Pistons to 32% shooting. They outscored Detroit 29-16 in the quarter. 

Not So Great:

Three-Point Shooting: The Cavs struggled from behind the arc on Sunday. Cleveland was 8/28 from three-point range. Darius Garland struggled from the field(4/19 FG) and was 0/5 from deep.

Bottom Line: 

The Cavs did not play their best on Sunday. They did not shoot it well, but they were able to get the win. Defensively, they were able to limit the banged-up Pistons, who were missing their leading scorer, Bojan Bogdanovic and Cade Cunningham. In the end, this is why you bring in a player like Mitchell. He’s a walking bucket, and he took over in the fourth.

What’s Next:

Cleveland will travel to Toronto to battle the Raptors on Monday night.

Best of the Rest:

Garland had 19 points and 10 assists, and Cedi Osman added 10 points off the bench. 

For the Pistons, who had five players in double figures, Marvin Bagley III led the way with 19 points and 10 rebounds; Alec Burks added 16 points off the bench.

Junkyard Dog:

Isaac Okoro received the “Junkyard Dog” award for his play on Sunday. Okoro(2/2 FG) had seven points and seven rebounds off the bench.

The Great, Not So Great, & Bottom Line of Cavs’ loss to Bucks

The Cleveland Cavaliers(12-7) began their three-game road trip in Milwaukee against the Bucks(13-5), and as they did earlier in the season in Milwaukee, the Cavs fell to the Bucks 117-102, which snapped Cleveland’s four-game winning streak. 

Here’s the Great, Not So Great, and the Bottom Line of the Cavs’ loss to the Bucks.


First Half Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland: Mitchell had 21 of his team-high 29 points for the Cavs in the first half, and Garland added 17 of his 20 points for the Cavs in the first half. The two combined for 38 of the team’s 63 first-half points, but like the rest of the group, the two struggled in the second half. Mitchell was 8/15 from the floor, while Garland was 6/11 in the first half. However, in the second half, Micthell was 3/9, while Garland was 1/7 from the field.

Not So Great:

Third Quarter: Cleveland led 63-52 at the break and led by as many as 16 points, but the third quarter turned everything around for the Bucks. Milwaukee outscored the Cavs 35-10 in the third. Giannis Antetokounmpo had nine of his game-high 38 points in the quarter. The Cavs shot an abysmal 17% from the field, while the Bucks shot 58%, including 5/6 from deep. A 16-point first-half lead for Cleveland turned into a 14-point deficit as the Bucks led 87-73 at the end three, and the game was essentially over.

In their two wins over the Cavs this season, Milwaukee has outscored Cleveland 69-28 in the third.

Bottom Line

Cleveland got the start they wanted, but unfortunately, they did not get the third quarter they wanted, and ultimately, they didn’t get the win. The Bucks blitzed them, and the Cavs did not respond as their road struggles continued. Cleveland is now 4-6 on the road.

What’s Next:

The Cavs head to Detroit to battle the Pistons on Sunday.

Best of the Rest:

-Jarrett Allen injured his hip after a scary fall in the first quarter. Allen went for an Antetokounmpo pump fake and fell over him. He would return. However, he only played four minutes in the second half.

-Lamar Stevens missed Friday’s game due to illness. Dean Wade stepped in for Stevens and had seven points and 12 rebounds.

-Caris LeVert missed his third straight game with an ankle injury; Kevin Love(thumb) missed his second consecutive game.

-Jevon Carter had 18 points, including five threes for Milwaukee: Along with his 38 points(22 in the first half), Antetokounmpo added nine rebounds, six assists, and two blocks.

Mitchell, Garland, Osman lead the Cavs over Hawks

The Cleveland Cavaliers(11-6) continued their four-game homestand on Monday night against the Atlanta Hawks(10-7).

Behind Donovan Mitchell, Darius Garland, and Cedi Osman, the Cavs defeated the Hawks 114-102 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

With the win, Cleveland has now won three straight.

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


Cavs, again were led by the backcourt of Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland. The two combined for 55 points and 18 assists; Mitchell and Garland both had nine assists. Mitchell had 29 points and Garland had 26. We knew this would be a prolific backcourt and two guys that would be tough to stop, and they were tough to stop on Monday night.

Cedi Osman scored a season-high 23 points off the bench on 8-for-10 shooting. Osman has been so good off the bench this season, and that continued against the Hawks. In the fourth, with the Cavs up six with just over four minutes left, Osman hit two free throws after a clear path foul was called on John Collins, and on the same possession, Osman would hit a dagger three to put the Cavs up 11. 

Second-Half Defense: The Hawks shot 38 percent from the floor in the second half. Atlanta is in the top 10 in scoring, and the Cavs held them to 102 points. In addition, 10 of the Hawks’ 17 turnovers came in the second half. 

Not So Great:

You can point to the turnovers. Cleveland tied a season-high with 20 turnovers on Monday night, and Garland was the biggest culprit with eight. 

Bottom Line:

After losing five straight, Cleveland has righted their ship at home, and they are bringing the defensive energy that makes them go. They held the Hawks to 102 points on Monday and the Heat to 87 on Sunday night.

At this point, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is a home-court advantage for the Cavs. They are 7-1 at home but have to be better on the road(4=5), and after this homestand, they will have three straight on the road.

What’s Next:

Cleveland concludes their four-game homestand on Wednesday night against the Blazers.

Best of the Rest:

Evan Mobley had 10 points, nine rebounds, and three assists; Jarrett Allen added eight points and 11 rebounds. 

Trae Young led the Hawks with 25 points and 10 assists; Onyeka Okongwu had 18 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

Cleveland was without Caris LeVert on Monday night, who missed his first game of the season with an ankle injury.

Cavs snap five-game losing streak!

The Cleveland Cavaliers(9-6) got back at it on Friday night, hoping to snap a five-game losing streak as they battled the Charlotte Hornets(4-13).

Cleveland had four players score 20-plus points as they defeated Charlotte 132-122 in double overtime at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

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


Darius Garland made big shots in both overtimes for the Cavs. In a career-high 48 minutes, Garland(16/28 FG) had a game-high 41 points, six assists, and a career-high five steals. In the first overtime, with the Cavs trailing 117-114 with under a minute to go, Garland hit a three to tie the game, and when the Hornets took a 120-117 with 22.5 seconds to go, Garland would make another three with 13.5 seconds to send the game into double overtime. He had 13 of the team’s 27 points in the two overtime periods.

Donovan Mitchell had 34 points and six assists. The Cavs backcourt combined for 75 points; Mitchell and Garland also combined for 20 of the team’s 27 points in the overtime periods.

Evan Mobley was sensational on Friday night. He had 21 points, a career-high 18 rebounds, five assists, two blocks, and a steal. According to the Cavs, Mobley became the ninth player in team history to have 20-plus points, 15-plus rebounds, five-plus assists, two-plus blocks, and one-plus steal in a game. In fact, Mobley and Jarrett Allen(20 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks) combined for 41 points, 30 rebounds, and six blocks.

Second OT: The Cavs blew the lead at the end of the fourth and almost lost it in the first overtime, but they took control in the second OT. After Kelly Oubre Jr. made a running hook to give the Hornets a 122-120 lead with 4:38 to go, the Cavs closed the show on a 12-0 run. Charlotte did not score the rest of the way and shot 1/10 from the field in that period.

Not So Great

The Final 52.4 seconds in Regulation: After two Mitchell free throws made the score 103-93, things got a little haywire for the Cavs. Charlotte closed the game on a 12-2 run to send it to OT after a Terry Rozier three with 01.1 seconds to go. During that stretch, the Cavs turned the ball over two times.

Turnovers: Cleveland had a season-high 20 turnovers on Friday night, leading to 35 points for the Hornets, which almost cost them in this game. Fortunately, Garland and Mitchell bailed them out in OT.

Bottom Line:

This would have been a terrible loss for the Cavs. The Hornets were without LaMelo Ball, and Cleveland had what seemed like an insurmountable lead late in the game. Hopefully, they will learn from this and figure it out going forward.

What’s Next:

Cavs will battle the Heat on Sunday night at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Best of the Rest:

Oubre Jr. led the Hornets with 34 points; Rozier and P.j. Washington added 28 points apiece. Washington also added 10 rebounds.

With the win, Cleveland moves to 4-0 in overtime games this season.

Cavs losing streak continues after falling to Bucks

The Cavs were hoping to snap their four-game losing streak on Wednesday night in Milwaukee against the Bucks. Fortunately for Cleveland, they got back their leading scorer Donovan Mitchell(ankle), who missed Sunday’s loss against the Timberwolves. However, they were still without Jarrett Allen(illness) and Dean Wade(knee).

Cleveland(8-6) trailed the Bucks(11-3) by as many as 20 points in this one; they cut the lead to nine in the fourth but could not get any closer as they fell to Milwaukee 113-98 at Fiserv Forum.

The Cavs have now lost five straight; Milwaukee snapped a two-game losing streak.

Here’s the Great, Not So Great, and the Bottom Line of the Cavs’ loss to the Bucks.


Evan Mobley had 20 points on an efficient 9/14 from the field, with seven rebounds and two blocks. Mobley started at center for Allen.

Cavs BackcourtDarius Garland(8/20, 5/9 3FG) and Donovan Mitchell(7/19, 3/9 3FG) scored 23 points apiece for the Cavs, which was nearly half of the team’s points. In addition, the two combined for 11 assists as Garland led the team with eight dimes.

Not So Great:

Third Quarter: Bucks led the Cavs 61-60 at the break but took complete control of the game in the third. They outscored the Bucks 34-18 in the quarter and had the largest lead of the game at 91-71 in the quarter. Brook Lopez(7/9 3FG) was on fire as he scored 11 of his game-high 29 points in the third. The Bucks were sizzling in the third as they shot 60% from the field. On the contrary, Cleveland shot 29% from the floor.

Defense: Cleveland did not get the job done on the defensive end. Milwaukee shot 53% for the first three quarters and easily got into the lane. Just way too many open looks for the Bucks, and they capitalized on it. 

Bottom Line:

There is no shame in losing to the Bucks on the road, but Milwaukee was without Jrue Holiday(ankle) and Khris Middleton(wrist), so this was an opportunity for the Cavs to steal a win. However, that’s hard to do when the defensive energy is not where it needs to be. Hopefully, the Cavs can get it right during their upcoming four-game homestand.

What’s Next:

Cleveland starts a four-game homestand at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Friday when they host the Charlotte Hornets.

Best of the Rest:

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 16 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists for the Bucks; Jordan Nwora added 21 points(5/9 3FG) off the bench.

Darius Garland was special, but it wasn’t enough against Minnesota

The Cavs returned home to battle the Timberwolves(6-8) on Sunday after going 2-3 on their five-game road trip, including three straight losses. Unfortunately, they would be without Donovan Mitchell(ankle), Jarrett Allen(ankle), and Dean Wade(knee).

The Cavs cut a 20-point fourth-quarter lead to two and had an opportunity to tie as they trailed 127-124 with 06.5 seconds left, but Kevin Love’s inbound pass was stolen by Rudy Gobert, and Minnesota  held on to defeat the Cavs 129-124 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Cleveland(8-5) has now lost four straight.

Here’s the Great, Not So Great, and the Bottom Line of the Cavs’ loss to Minnesota


Darius Garland went crazy in the fourth and almost brought the Cavs all the way back. He scored 27 of his career-high 51 points on 16/31 shooting, including 10 threes to go along with six assists. The 16 field goals and 10 threes made are also career highs. He did everything, and I mean everything in his power to bring the Cavs back.

Garland struggled on the west coast trip, so this was a welcomed sight for the Cavs.

Fourth Quarter: Cleveland trailed by as many as 24 points in this contest and was down by 20 entering the fourth. We know what Garland did, but this team played with an energy that was missing in the first 36 minutes of the game. They scored 40 points in the quarter on 52% shooting, including eight threes, six of them by Garland. Conversely, they held Minnesota to 33% shooting. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late.

Not So Great:

Defense for the first three quarters: After three quarters, they allowed Minnesota to score 104 points on 64% shooting. In addition, the Timberwolves shot 52% from deep after three. Minnesota finished the game scoring 54 points in the paint and shooting 56% from the floor, including 50% from downtown.

First Quarter: Cleveland allowed Minnesota to score 40 points in the first. They trailed 40-20 after one. That first quarter set the tone for the rest of the game.

Bottom Line: 

In the first nine games, Cleveland allowed 104 points per game; during the four-game losing streak, the Cavs have allowed 120 points per game. Last season, Cleveland’s defense was one reason the Cavs had success, and they have to regain that defensive identity going forward. Should there be some concern? Maybe, but it’s still very early. 

What’s Next:

Cleveland heads back on the road as they battle the Bucks in Milwaukee on Wednesday night.

Best of the Rest:

D’Angelo Russell led the Timberwolves with 30 points and 12 assists; Karl Anthony Towns added 29 points and 13 rebounds. Minnesota had five players in double figures.

Lamar Stevens added 15 points and six rebounds; Kevin Love and Cedi Osman chipped in with 14 points apiece. Like Minnesota, Cleveland had five players in double figures. 

The Great, Not So Great, & Bottom Line of Cavs’ loss to Warriors

The Cleveland Cavaliers(8-4) concluded their five-game road trip in San Francisco against the Warriors(5-7), and behind the heroics of Steph Curry, who had 15 of his 40 points(6/11 3-PT FG) in the fourth, the Cavs fell to Golden State 106-101 at Chase Center.

Cleveland has now lost three straight.

Here’s the Great, Not So Great, and the Bottom Line of the Cavs’ loss to the Warriors


Donovan Mitchell almost had a triple-double with 29 points, 10 rebounds,  nine assists, and two steals. Mitchell did his part, but it wasn’t enough.

Evan Mobley had a double-double with 20 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, and two blocks. This is his second double-double of the season. The Cavs used their size effectively against the Warriors, but again, it wasn’t enough.

Points in the Paint: Cleveland had a lot of success in the paint as they scored 54 points. 

Not So Great:

Darius Garland: He was off again Friday night. He finished with 15 points and eight assists, but he was 5/19 from the field. Garland is 6/28 from the floor in the last two games, including 2/9 from deep.

Fourth Quarter Defense: Curry is Curry, and for most of the game, the Cavs defended well, but not in the fourth. Cleveland allowed 32 points in the fourth and allowed the Warriors to shoot 63% from the floor. 

The final 4:38 of the game: After a Caris LeVert four-point play, which was ruled a flagrant foul, Cleveland had a six-point possession after a Jarrett Allen dunk, which put them up 95-87. However, just like they did against the Clippers, they couldn’t close. They were outscored 19-6 the rest of the way as Curry scored 13 of his 15 fourth-quarter points in the final 4:38 of the game.

Bottom Line:

The Cavs could not close the show in the final three games of this road trip. Cleveland had a 13-point lead late against the Clippers with five minutes left, couldn’t close against the Kings, and lost another lead late against Golden State. Cleveland could have easily gone 5-0 on this trip; instead, they went 2-3. It’s early, but this trip was a disappointment for sure. 

What’s Next:

The Cavs return home to face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.

Best of the Rest:

All five of Cleveland’s starters scored in double figures Friday night. Jarrett Allen had 13 points and nine rebounds, and LeVert added 11.

Andrew Wiggins had 20 points; Draymond Green had two points, 13 assists, and nine rebounds, and Jordan Poole added 18 points.

The Great, Not So Great, & Bottom Line of Cavs’ loss to Sacramento

The Cleveland Cavaliers(8-3) continued their five-game road trip in Sacramento(4-6) against the Kings. The Cavs’ eight-game winning streak was snapped against the Clippers on Monday night, and they hoped to return to their winning ways. 

However, that wasn’t the case Wednesday night. Sacramento led by as many as 15 points and led for most of the game, but Cleveland would take their largest lead of six with just over eight minutes to go in the fourth. The game with knotted at 117 after two Jarrett Allen free throws with just under three minutes to go, but Kevin Huerter scored five of Sacramento’s next seven points, including a dagger three late, that put the Kings up 124-118, and they would go on to defeat the Cavs 127-120 at Golden 1 Center.

Here’s the Great, Not So Great, and the Bottom Line of the Cavs’ loss to the Kings.


Donovan Mitchell had a game-high 38 points(16/28 FG, 6/14 3-PT FG). He went berserk in the third quarter as he was 7/7 from the field, including 3/3 from deep, to score 17 points in the quarter. Mitchell’s great third quarter helped the Cavs trim the Kings’ 11-point halftime lead to four entering the fourth. Mitchell also added five rebounds and four assists.

Caris LeVert had his first double-double of the season with 21 points, a season-high 10 rebounds, and six assists. He was aggressive throughout the game on Wednesday night.

Jarrett Allen had 20 points, seven rebounds, and a block. Allen has been in double figures in points in five straight games and nine out of the first 11 games of the season.

Points in the Paint: The Cavs had 64 points in the paint against Sacramento. Cleveland finished the night shooting 53% from the floor.

Not So Great:

Defense: The Cavs did not bring it on the defensive end for the second straight game. Sacramento got way too many open looks. As they did in their loss to the Clippers, they allowed the Kings to have three 30-plus point quarters. Sacramento ended the night shooting 53% from the floor. The 127 points are the most Cleveland has given up in a game this season.

Darius Garland was just off Wednesday night, and he scored only six points and shot 1/9 from the field in 34 minutes of action. Nights like this happen, and the All-Star didn’t have it against the Kings; Garland did finish with eight assists.

Turnovers: Cleveland had 18 turnovers, which led to 18 points for Sacramento. LeVert led the way with five, and Garland had four.

Bottom Line:

Cleveland has to be better on the defensive end, which wasn’t much of a problem until the last two games. It’s a long season, but the defense needs to improve. Statistically, the Cavs have been one of the better defensive teams in basketball, so maybe it’s an aberration, or perhaps it’s a start of an issue that a team with a small backcourt might have moving forward. Stay tuned.

What’s Next:

The Cavs conclude their five-game road trip in San Francisco against the world-champion Warriors on Friday night.

Best of the Rest:

The Kings had seven players in double figures. Domantas Sabonis led the way with 21 points, five rebounds, and six assists, and Harrison Barnes added 20 points and nine rebounds. 

Evan Mobley added 16 points and six rebounds for the Cavs.

On Wednesday, Mitchell(366 games) became the second-fastest player to reach 1,000 threes in the history of the NBA.