Shorthanded Cavs get routed by Wizards

The Cavaliers began life without backup point guard Ricky Rubio against the Wizards Thursday night. Rubio will miss the rest of the season after tearing his left ACL Tuesday against the Pelicans.

Cleveland was still without Darius Garland and Cedi Osman due to health and safety protocols, and they were without Jarrett Allen(Return To Competition Reconditioning). However, they did get Lamar Stevens and Dylan Windler back after being away from the team because of health and safety protocols.

Washington had some health and safety protocols issues themselves, including starting point guard Spencer Dinwiddie.

The Cavaliers trailed 31-30 after the first quarter, but things fell apart at the end of the second quarter and the third as Washington routed Cleveland 110-93 at Capital One Arena.

Cleveland(20-15) has lost two straight, while Washington(18-17) snapped their two-game losing streak.

Here is the Great, Not So Great, and the Bottom Line of the Cavs’ loss to Washington:

The Great for the Cavaliers:

-Rookie Evan Mobley scored 14(highest scoring first quarter of his career) of his 21 points in the first quarter to go along with five rebounds, three assists, and two blocks. Mobley had his second straight 20-plus point game. 

-Kevin Love returned to the starting lineup and had his third straight 20-plus point game. He had 11 of his season-high tying 24 points in the first quarter, including three threes(finished 4/10 3PT FG). Love also added 11 rebounds to record his fifth double-double of the season. Love and Mobley scored 25 of Cleveland’s 30 first-quarter points.

The Not So Great for the Cavaliers:

Three-point Shooting: Cleveland was 4/9 from downtown in the first quarter, but they were 4/19 the rest of the way from three-point range Thursday night. In the last two games, both losses, the Cavaliers shot a combined 9/48(19%) from three after the first quarter.

Defense:  The Cavaliers struggled on the defensive end. Washington shot 50% from the floor, including 68 points in the paint.

End of the Second Quarter: With just under four minutes left in the first half, the game was tied at 46, but Washington finished the half on a 12-5 run to take a 58-51 lead at the break, and the Wizards took that momentum into the third.

Third Quarter: Washington dominated the third as they shot (14/22)64% from the floor. The Wizards led by as many as 2o points in the quarter, and Cleveland never threatened from there as the Wizards outscored the Cavaliers 33-21 in the third.

-Kevin Pangos got his first NBA start Thursday, and he wasn’t very good. Pangos had two points as he shot 1/8 from the field, including 0/3 from downtown. He did have six assists, but he struggled against the Wizards.

Bottom Line:

Without Garland and Rubio, Cleveland did not get much from the point guard position and did not get much out of any player not named Love or Mobley, but help could be on the way for the Cavs. According to reports, Cleveland is close to acquiring two-time NBA champion and four-time All-Star Rajon Rondo from the Lakers. While Rondo is not Rubio at this point, the 35-year-old is better than what they have at the backup point guard spot. 

What’s Next:

Cleveland begins a three-game homestand Friday night against the Atlanta Hawks.

Best of the Rest:

-After missing three games due to health and safety protocols, Bradley Beal returned and led the Wizards with a game-high 29 points, 10 assists, and six rebounds; Kyle Kuzma had 25 points and 10 rebounds.

-Lauri Markkanen had 11 points, eight rebounds, and four assists; Isaac Okoro added 11 points for the Cavs.

Cavs’ Love on Rubio’s injury: ‘We’re just completely gutted’

Cleveland should have beaten the Pelicans Tuesday night at Smoothie King Center, but after a great start, which included a 23-point first-quarter lead, the Cavaliers went cold and fell to New Orleans 108-104.

The Pelicans were without their leading scorer Brandon Ingram(Achilles soreness), Nickeil Alexander-Walker(health and safety protocols), and Josh Hart(ankle).

Cleveland got back Evan Mobley and Isaac Okoro(health and safety protocols). However, their leading scorer Darius Garland missed Tuesday’s game due to health and safety protocols, and Cleveland was still without their starting center Jarrett Allen(health and safety protocols).

After winning six straight, Cleveland(20-14) has lost two of three, while New Orleans(13-22) has won three of four.

Here is the Great, the Not So Great, and the Bottom Line of the Cavs’ tough loss to New Orleans:

The Great for the Cavaliers:

-Ricky Rubio got the start in place of Garland, and he did it all. He had a game-high 27 points and a game-high 13 assists to go along with nine rebounds. Sadly, he could not finish the game as he left late with what appeared to be a nasty left leg injury. 

-Kevin Love, who got his first start of the season against the Raptors, went back to the bench after Mobley’s return. In the first quarter, Love scored 12 of his 24 points and four of his game-high seven threes. He got Cleveland off to a great start, and he also had a solid ending as he scored 10 points, including three threes in the fourth. This is the tenth straight game that Love has been in double figures.

-Evan Mobley is back and it was like he never left. The rookie, who missed four games due to health and safety protocols, was efficient as he went 9/12 from the field to score 22 points to go along with seven rebounds. This was the first time Mobley has been over 20 points since November 7th. 

First Quarter Cavs: Coming into this contest, the Cavs led the league in first-quarter scoring margin, and Cleveland got the start they wanted against the Pelicans. They shot 56% from the field, including 9/12 from downtown(75%). Love and Rubio combined for 22 of the team’s 39 points, and the Cavaliers had their largest lead of 23 points in the first. Cleveland would take a 39-20 lead into the second quarter.  

The Not So Great for the Cavaliers:

Three-Point shooting after the first quarter:  The Cavaliers were 9/12 from three-point range in the first quarter. After that, they were 5/29 the rest of the way, including 0/10 in the second quarter. 

“I thought we got a little stagnant offensively and settled little bit too much for too many threes,” Cavs head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said postgame.

2nd-4th quarters: Cleveland had a 19-point lead(39-20) after the first quarter. However, after that, they were outscored in every quarter and were outscored 88-65 the rest of the way, including by 11 in the fourth.

Fourth Quarter:  Cleveland led 83-76 heading into the fourth, but things unraveled in the final quarter. The Cavaliers were outscored 32-21 in the fourth as they went cold. Cleveland shot 30% from the field, including 3/12 from downtown. The Cavs took a 95-83 lead at the 07:59 mark of the fourth, but the Pelicans went on a 16-2 run to take the lead for good at 99-97.

Ricky Rubio’s injury: Rubio’s injury did not look good, and he did not put any pressure on the leg. Unfortunately, it seems like he could be gone for an extended period of time, if not the rest of the season. 

Bottom Line:

This was a devastating loss in more ways than one. First, you blow a 23-point lead to a depleted team, and next, you lose one of the MVPs of your squad in Rubio. If the season derails, we will look back at this game. The team was clearly dejected after the game, including Love, who spent time with Rubio in Minnesota:

“I really care for him,” Love said. “I’m just praying that he’s going to be OK. We don’t know what the near future is going to hold for him. We’re just completely gutted. He was having such a great season.”

Rubio is expected to get an MRI Wednesday.

What’s Next:

Cleveland concludes their two-game road trip in Washington against the Wizards Thursday night.

Best of the Rest:

-Herbert Jones led the Pelicans with 26 points; Devonte’ Graham added 18 points, five rebounds, and five assists, and Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 10 rebounds as all five starters scored in double figures.

-Lauri Markkanen added 14 points and five rebounds, and Isaac Okoro, who made his return after missing three games due to health and safety protocols, had six points.

Watch below as Love reacts to Rubio’s injury:

Cavs’ Garland: ‘It’s not just hero ball, everybody is contributing’

The Cleveland Cavaliers went into Milwaukee to battle the world champion Bucks. However, what they got wasn’t the team that won a championship a year ago. Due to health and safety protocols, Milwaukee was without many of its key players, including Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bobby Portis, and Dante DiVincenzo. 

Cleveland was impacted by health and safety protocols as they were without Evan Mobley and Isaac Okoro.

However, the Cavs had more available talent, and it showed. Cleveland led 62-51 at halftime. The Cavaliers went on a 19-2 run in the third to take their largest lead of 30 and ultimately defeated the Bucks 119-90.

The Cavaliers(19-12) have won six straight and 10 of 12, while the Bucks(19-13) have dropped two straight and three out of their last four. 

With the win, Cleveland is the third seed in the East.

The six-game winning streak for the Cavs is the longest current win streak in the NBA.

Here is the Great, the Not So Great, and the Bottom Line Cavs’ win over Milwaukee.

The Great for the Cavaliers:

Darius Garland was en Fuego Saturday night. He scored 12 of his 22 points in the first quarter. The third-year guard started the game 6/6 and finished 10/13 from the floor, including 2/4 from downtown. Garland also added six assists and four rebounds.

Cavs’ Bench: Cedi Osman had a team-high 23 points, including 5/9 from three-point range. Kevin Love had 15 points, seven rebounds, and four assists, and he made a little history as he passed Campy Russell for 10th place on Cleveland’s all-time scoring list; Ricky Rubio had a double-double with 15 points, 10 assists, and five rebounds. This was Rubio’s fourth double-double of the season, and he was a team-best plus-33. In total, the Cavs had 53 points off their bench. 

First and Third Quarter:  Cleveland outscored the Bucks by 27 points in those quarters. Cleveland shot 58% from the floor in the first quarter, including 6/13(46%) from downtown. The Cavaliers led 34-20 after one. In the third, the Cavaliers shot 50% from the field and used a 19-2 run to take complete control of the game. Cleveland outscored Milwaukee 31-18 in the quarter.

Defense: The Cavaliers held Milwaukee to 39% shooting and forced 17 turnovers, which led to 18 Cleveland points. 

The Not So Great for the Cavaliers:

Nothing here to see today…

Bottom Line:

This would have been a bad loss for Cleveland. Milwaukee and the rest of the league are dealing with a severe COVID outbreak, and at this point, it appears the team with the least amount of players in health and protocols is the team that will win the game. Actually, it seems to be that way in all major sports leagues right now. However, give Cleveland credit. They handled their business Saturday night.

 “It’s not just hero ball, everybody is contributing,” Garland said.

What’s Next:

Cleveland was expected to battle the Hawks in Atlanta on Sunday, but according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the game is expected to be postponed as the Cavs have five players in health and safety protocols.

Best of the Rest:

Jarrett Allen added 14 points and five rebounds as Cleveland had five players in double figures. 

Jordan Nwora led the Bucks with a game-high 28 points. 

 

Most wins by 10 points this season in NBA:

1. Golden State – 17

2. Utah – 15

3. CLEVELAND 14

Watch below as Garland and Osman react to win over Milwaukee:

 

Cavs’ Okoro: ‘I feel teams are starting to respect us now’

The Cleveland Cavaliers led the Minnesota Timberwolves from the beginning to the end Friday night. Cleveland jumped out to a 20-4 lead in the first and led by as many as 19 in the opening period. 

Ultimately, Cleveland took a 65-44 lead at halftime. The Cavaliers’ largest lead was 33 points in this one as they routed the Timberwolves 123-106 at Target Center.

Cleveland had seven players in double figures.

After losing two straight, Cleveland(15-12) has now won two in a row and six out of their last eight, while Minnesota lost its fifth consecutive game.

Here is the Great, Not So Great, and the Bottom Line of the Cavs’ win over Minnesota.

The Great for the Cavaliers:

-Isaac Okoro has been up and down on the offensive end this season, but on Friday night, he got it done. The second-year guard scored 11 of his season-high 16 points(7/10 FG) in the first half. Okoro does a lot on the defensive end. However, it was great to see him break out offensively.

-After 27 games, Jarrett Allen is an All-Star, and he continued to play that way against Minnesota. Allen had his second straight double-double as he had a team-high 21 points(9/11 FG) and grabbed 10 rebounds. According to StatMuse, Allen, who is averaging 17.3 points, 11.2 rebounds per contest on 71% shooting, is on pace to become the first player in NBA history to average 15 points, 10 rebounds on 70% shooting in a season.

-Kevin Love has embraced his new role off the bench, and he returned to Minnesota Friday night, where his NBA career began. The 13-year veteran had a double-double with 18 points, including three threes and a game and season-high 13 rebounds. He’s been in double figures three straight and six out of the last seven games.

-Lauri Markkanen was on fire against the Timberwolves. He scored 19 points(7/8 FG), including 4/5 from downtown. In the last three games, Markkanen is averaging 17.6 points on 65% shooting from the field.

-The man who makes it all work, Darius Garland, had a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 12 assists. He had some nifty passes Friday night, including this one to Evan Mobley:

First Half: Cleveland was cooking in the first half. They shot 61.5% from the field, including (7/11) 63% from downtown, and on the defensive end, they limited Minnesota to 32.6% shooting from the floor and forced 10 turnovers. Cleveland led by 21 points at the break, and according to Cavs Notes, the last time the Cavaliers had a 21-point lead at halftime on the road was November 20, 2017.

The Not So Great for the Cavaliers:

There is nothing to see here. Check back another time. Well, we could nitpick about the turnovers(17), but we’ll pass on that for now.

Bottom Line:

Cleveland is now 9-5 on the road and has won four of their last five away from the friendly confines of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. All four of those road wins have been by at least 15 points. In addition, since November 1, they are 7-2 on the road; the only two teams with better road winning percentages in that timeframe are Brooklyn and Phoenix.

This team gets it done collectively, as evidenced by seven players in double figures and three with double-doubles Friday. Clearly, they are ahead of schedule right now, which is a great thing!

“I feel teams are starting to respect us now, and we got to keep on fighting,” Okoro said post-game.

What’s Next:

The Cavs return home Saturday night against Sacramento as Cleveland will play three straight at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Best of the Rest:

-Cedi Osman added 13 points off the Cavs’ bench; Mobley chipped in with 11 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks, and in his return to Minnesota, Ricky Rubio had six points and eight assists.

-Karl Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 21 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks.

Watch below as Markkanen and Okoro react to the big win over Minnesota:

Cavs’ Bickerstaff on win over Bulls: ‘We really wanted to get this win’

The Cavaliers were looking to snap a two-game losing streak when they faced the Bulls Wednesday night at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, and they got a little break as Chicago’s DeMar DeRozan, who’s the team’s leading scorer, missed his second straight game due to health and safety protocols. In addition, the Bulls were without Coby White, Matt Thomas, and Javonte Green(health and safety protocols). They were also without Alex Caruso(hamstring).

Cleveland pretty much led from start to finish and led by as many as 26 points in this one. Ultimately, they routed the Bulls 115-92. The Cavaliers led by nine at the break and busted things open in the third to take an 82-66 lead into the fourth.

The Cavaliers(14-12) are now 5-2 in their last seven games and snapped Chicago’s(17-9) four-game winning streak.

Here is the Great, Not So Great, and the Bottom Line of the Cavs’ win over Chicago.

The Great for the Cavaliers:

-After a subpar performance against Milwaukee, Darius Garland got it done for the Cavs Wednesday night. Garland had a game-high 24 points to go along with six assists. Coming into this game, Garland is one of three NBA players(Trae Young and Russell Westbrook) averaging 19.0-plus points on .450-plus FG% and 7.0-plus assists per contest.

-Rookie Evan Mobley had another stellar performance for Cleveland. Mobley scored 16 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and a game and career-high five blocks and two steals. The five blocks are the most for a Cavs’ rookie since LeBron James. According to Elias Sports, Mobley is the first NBA rookie to have a game of at least 16 points, nine rebounds, five blocks, two steals, and a .727 FG% in over 30 years. Wow! 

-Jarrett Allen’s career-high seven-game double-double streak was snapped Monday night against Milwaukee, and now it’s time to start a new one. Allen recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds Wednesday night. 

Defense: Cleveland held Chicago to 27% from three-point range and forced 18 Bulls’ turnovers. The Cavaliers held another team under 100 points for the 11th time this season. 

The Not So Great for the Cavaliers:

It was all great for the Cavs Wednesday night. No issues, no problems.

Bottom Line:

After 26 games, Cleveland had the toughest schedule in the NBA. After Wednesday’s victory over Chicago, the Cavs have won 10 games versus teams with .500-plus records this season, and what makes that number even more impressive is this team has battled injuries, so to be 14-12 after 26 games, with such a demanding schedule, is a win for the Cavs.

“We really wanted to get this win, and we had to put some pressure on them,” Cavs coach J.B. Bickerstaff said after the game. “Evan led the way with that, which is good because we want him to be aggressive.”

What’s Next:

Cleveland heads back on the road to battle the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday night.

Best of the Rest:

-Cleveland has six players in double figures. Lauri Markkanen added 14 points, Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio had 11 points off the Cavs’ bench. Rubio also added a game-high nine assists. The Cavs’ bench outscored the Bulls’ bench 39-16.

-Zach LaVine led Chicago with 23 points, Lonzo Ball had 19 points and seven assists, and Nikola Vucevic added 18 points, 12 rebounds, and two blocks.

Watch below as Mobley, Garland, and Markkanen react to Cleveland’s win over the Bulls:

Cavs’ Garland on missed final shot against Jazz: ‘I work on that shot every day’

On Sunday, the Cleveland Cavaliers returned home to face the Utah Jazz after an undefeated three-game road trip, which included wins against all plus .500 teams.

The Cavs(13-11) battled hard against Utah(16-7), but their three-game winning streak would be snapped as they fell short to the Jazz 109-108.

Utah has now won four straight and five of their last six.

Here is the Great, Not So Great, and the Bottom Line of the Cavs’ loss to the Jazz.

The Great for the Cavaliers:

-For the first time in his career, Darius Garland had his second straight 30-point game. Garland scored 31 points(11/19 FG), including a game-high five threes, to go along with five assists, four rebounds, and a career-high-tying four steals. The third-year guard scored 32 against Washington on Friday night.

-Jarrett Allen had his career-high seventh straight double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He also added two blocks and two steals. Allen went head-to-head with Rudy Gobert and played very well.

-Evan Mobley had his sixth double-double of the season with 14 points, 12 rebounds, and a block. This is Mobley’s 13th consecutive game with a block.

-Cedi Osman returned after missing three games with a back injury, and he scored 11 points off the bench. After the Jazz took a 15-point lead in the fourth, Osman helped ignite a 15-0 run for the Cavs as he scored five points during that stretch, which tied the game at 97.

-Ricky Rubio scored in double figures for the first time in four games as he had 15 points, four rebounds, and two assists off the Cavs’ bench. He added five points in the fourth during the big 15-0 run by Cleveland.

Fourth Quarter: The Cavaliers outscored the Jazz 26-18 in the quarter, including the 15-0 run, and they held Utah to 35% from the field and 3/10 from downtown. Cleveland gave themselves a chance to win in the end with their play in the final period. 

The Not So Great for the Cavaliers:

-The Cavs allowed the Jazz to make 20 threes(20/48) Sunday night. Bojan Bogdanovic, Royce O’Neale, and Donovan Mitchell had four threes apiece.

Final Shot: The ball was in the hands of Garland with Cavs down one, and he came up short on a three. He probably could have tried to get a better shot because a made two-point shot wins the game. The last shot wasn’t awful, but it could have been better.

“I work on that shot every day,” Garland said about the final shot.

Bottom Line:

The Utah Jazz are a very good team and put a lot of pressure on teams with their ability to make the three-point shot. Cleveland fought in this one, especially in that fourth quarter.

The Cavs have played a lot of good teams so far this season and just played four straight games against plus .500 team, including tonight’s contest against Utah. During that stretch, they are 3-1.

That’s a win for Cleveland.

What’s Next:

Cleveland will play the second half of a back-to-back in Milwaukee against the world champion Bucks on Monday night.

Best of the Rest:

Utah had five players in double figures as Donovan Mitchell had a game-high 35 points, Bogdanovic added 16 points, Rudy Gobert chipped in with 6 points, and game-highs in rebounds(20) and blocks(5).

Watch below as Garland, Osman, and Rubio react to the loss against Utah:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cavs’ Jarrett Allen on three-game road trip: ‘It was really all blowouts’

The Cleveland Cavaliers finished off their three-game road trip in style. Cleveland led by as much as 31 points against the Mavericks and Heat, and on Friday night in D.C., they led the Wizards by as many as 36 points. In the end, the Cavaliers would defeat the Wizards 116-101 at Capital One Arena.

Cleveland won these three games by an average of 19 points. The last time the Cavs swept a three-plus game road trip against three-plus .500 teams was 1975.  

Cleveland(13-10) has now won four straight, while the Wizards(14-9) have lost two out of their last three. 

The Great for the Cavs

First Quarter Jarrett Allen: He scored 14 of his 28 points, grabbed five of his game-high 13 rebounds and had one of his two blocks in the first. Since missing three games with an illness, Allen has six straight double-doubles, the longest streak in his career. It’s time to start the Jarrett Allen for All-Star campaign. 

-Darius Garland is playing like one of the better point guards in the NBA. The 21-year-old had a double-double with a season-high 32 points(11/17 FG), including 5/6 from downtown, a game-high 10 assists, and a career-high eight rebounds. It’s time to start the Darius Garland for All-Star campaign. 

Second and Third Quarters: The Cavs outscored the Wizards by a combined 21 points in those quarters. Cleveland outscored the Wizards 19-0 at the end of the second quarter into the third. They ended the second quarter on a 9-0 run to lead 65-46 at the break and started the third quarter on a 10-0 run. Ultimately, Cleveland had their largest lead of 36 points in the third.

-Cleveland dominated the Wizards, Heat, and Mavericks on the glass. The Cavs outrebounded the Wizards 54-33 and outrebounded the three teams on this trip by a combined 54 rebounds.

The Not So Great:

Nothing at the time. Check back on Sunday!!

Bottom Line:

The Cavs just did not beat the Mavericks, Heat, and Wizards, they dominated them, and it looked easy.  This was a super special trip. In addition, Cleveland has beaten some quality teams on the road this season, including these three games, and wins over Denver, Clippers, and Knicks. 

“Every one of these teams are fighting for something,” Allen said about the three-game road trip. “And we came in here, and it was really all blowouts.”

What’s Next:

Cleveland returns home Sunday to battle the Utah Jazz. The Cavaliers will play five games next week.

Best of the Rest:

-Evan Mobley had six points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three blocks. Mobley has a streak of at least one block in 12 consecutive games. Lauri Markkanen had 15 points, including four threes and six rebounds, and Kevin Love had 13 and nine rebounds off the bench.

-Deni Avdija led the Wizards with 16 points off the bench, and Bradley Beal had 14 points on 6/17 shooting from the floor.

Watch below as Allen and Garland react to the Cavs’ win over Wizards:

Cavs’ Mobley named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month

Cleveland Cavaliers forward/center Evan Mobley has been named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in October/November, the league announced today.

Mobley, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, helped the Cavaliers go 11-6 in the 17 games he appeared in during the opening month and averaged 14.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.94 steals and 1.76 blocks in 33.8 minutes. He totaled 244 points, 136 rebounds, 42 assists, 16 steals and 30 blocks, becoming just the fourth NBA rookie in league history to accumulate those totals in his first 17 career games (Bill Walton 1974-75, Mychal Thompson 1978-79 and Chris Webber 1993-94).

Among NBA rookies that played at least 400 minutes in October/November, Mobley was the only one to have a winning record and was the lone rookie to average at least 14.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks.

Additionally, he led all NBA rookies in blocks per game (1.76, ninth-best in entire NBA), field goal percentage (.490) and double-doubles (four), while ranking second among Eastern Conference rookies in points per game (14.4), rebounds per game (8.0) and plus/minus (+42), fourth in assists per game (2.5) and fifth in steals per game (0.94).

Since returning from injury, the Cavs have won three straight with Mobley in the lineup.

 

 

 

Cavs Allen on win over Heat: ‘We went out there and threw the first punch, and we took it home’

This is a week of milestones for the Cavs. They beat the Mavericks in Dallas for the first time since 2017, and on Wednesday, Cleveland defeated the Heat in Miami for the first time since 2010 as the Cavs routed Miami 111-85.

Before Wednesday’s win, Cleveland had a 20-game losing streak in Miami.

Cleveland had six players in double-figures, and just like they did against Dallas, led Miami(13-9) by as much as 31 points. 

Miami was without Jimmy Butler(tail bone contusion) and Bam Adebayo(thumb).

After losing five consecutive games, the Cavs(12-10) have won three straight. 

The Great for the Cavaliers:

First Quarter:  Cleveland got out early on Miami. The Cavaliers shot 65% from the field, including five threes. The Cavs forced seven turnovers, and they also had five blocks. Allen had three, and Mobley two. In addition, they held the Heat to 28% shooting from the floor and 1/9 from downtown. Ultimately, the Cavs had a 31-16 lead after one.

Second Quarter Kevin Love: Love was 3/3 from the field, all threes, and scored 11 of his 17 first- half points in the second quarter off Cleveland’s bench. He finished with a season and game-high 22 points, including six threes, six rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

Third Quarter Evan Mobley: After a scoreless first half, the rookie scored 15 (two threes) of his 17 points and grabbed four of his 11 rebounds in the third. He also added four blocks. Cleveland took a 24-point lead into the fourth.

This was Mobley’s fifth double-double of the season.

Block Party: A block party broke out in South Beach. The Cavs had a season-high 14 blocks against Miami. Allen led the way with five blocks, and Mobley had four. According to Cavs Notes, Allen and Mobley are the first Cavs’ duo to each have four-plus blocks in a game. Cleveland held Miami to 38% shooting from the field Wednesday night. 

-Darius Garland had 16 points, including four threes and seven assists. This was his fifth straight game with 7-plus assists(tied for the longest streak in his career).

-Jarrett Allen has done it again. He had his fifth straight double-double with 19 points(7/8 FG) and 11 rebounds. Allen has been a beast this season and continues to play at a high level.

The Not So Great for the Cavaliers:

The Cavs have to clean up the turnovers. Cleveland had 21 turnovers against Miami. They also committed 20 turnovers against the Mavericks Monday night.

Bottom Line:

Cleveland got another big road win and broke another streak along the way. It’s no coincidence that since Mobley’s return, the Cavs have gone 3-0. He’s just a winning player. Yes, Miami did not have Butler and Adebayo, but again, Cleveland had been battling injuries, too, so that’s the way it sometimes goes in the NBA.

“We all know they’re down a couple of star players, but that’s no excuse for us to go out there and be lackadaisical,” Allen said after the game. “We went out there and threw the first punch, and we took it home.”

What’s Next:

Cleveland concludes their three-game road trip Friday night against the Wizards. The Cavs hope to finish the road trip 3-0.

Best of the Rest: 

-Miami had five players in double figures led by Tyler Herro’s 21 points.

-Cleveland shot it well from all over the floor. The Cavs shot 54% from the field, including 52% from downtown. (16-31), and 91% from the line(21/23). According to Cavs Notes, it was just the fifth time since 2000-01 the Cavs had a game with .500+ FG%, .500+ 3FG%, and .900+ FT%.

-Lamar Stevens added 12 points off the Cavs’ bench. He also chipped in with two blocks.

-Cleveland’s last three wins have been by at least 13 points or more.

-Cavs were again without Cedi Osman(back) and Dean Wade(Calf).

Listen below as Love, Allen, and Mobley react to big win over Miami:

Cavs’ Markkanen: ‘Our size bothers other teams’

The Cleveland Cavaliers may have had their best performance of the season against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night. Cleveland led by as many as 31 points, and the Cavaliers got their largest road victory of the season 114-96 at American Airlines Center.

After losing five straight, Cleveland(11-10) has won two in a row, while Dallas(10-9) has lost two straight and five of their last six.

Cleveland won in Dallas for the first time since 2017.

Here is the Great, Not So Great, and Bottom Line of the Cavs’ win over Dallas.

The Great for the Cavs:

-Jarrett Allen had a career-high 28 points(11/17 FG) to go along with a game-high 14 rebounds against Dallas. He killed the Mavs on lobs from Garland. In fact, seven of Garland’s nine assists went to Allen. Allen finished the game with a game-high +30 rating. This was Allen’s fourth straight double-double.

-Lauri Markkanen had a season-high 24 points, including a team-high five threes. Markkanen also added eight rebounds. He scored 20-points for the fourth time in his last five games. Since November 1, Markkanan is averaging 20.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per contest.

-Darius Garland got anywhere he wanted on the floor against Dallas. Garland had 18 points and nine assists. He was penetrating and was doing a lot of swishing and dishing. It’s great to see him play with so much confidence this season, and in the last six games, Garland is averaging 22.7 points and 8.2 assists.

First Half: Cleveland shot 51% in the first half and played solid defense in that half as they held Dallas to 36% shooting from the field, including 5/22(23%) from three-point range. Allen(11) and Garland(10) combined for 21 points. Cleveland took a 52-41 lead at halftime.

Third Quarter: The Cavs were sizzling in the third. They shot 68% from the field, including 5/7 from downtown. Garland and Allen connected on multiple alley-oops, and Allen(5/6 FG) had 13 points and six rebounds in third, while Garland(3-3 FG) added eight points and five assists. Cleveland led by as many as 24 points in the quarter. The Cavs were in complete control and took a 22-point lead into the fourth.

The Not So Great for the Cavaliers:

Cleveland did have 17 turnovers on Monday night, but hey, that doesn’t matter too much when you win by 18 points.

Bottom Line:

What an impressive victory for Cleveland. They dominated that third quarter. They got another excellent performance from their bigs as Allen, Evan Mobley, and Markkanen combined for 64 points. This was a total team effort as Cleveland had six players, including all five starters in double figures. Right now, the Cavaliers are fairly healthy and playing with a lot of confidence.

“I think having three bigs out there is something teams haven’t seen a lot,” Markkanen said after the game. “Our size bothers other teams.”

What’s Next:

The Cavaliers continue their three-game road trip Wednesday night against the Miami Heat.

Best of the Rest:

Luka Doncic had a triple-double and led the Mavs with 25 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists; Maxi Kleber was the only other Mav in double-figures with 13 points.

Mobley had 12 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and two blocks; Isaac Okoro had 10 points.

Cleveland was without Cedi Osman (lower back soreness) and Dean Wade (calf strain).

Kristaps Porzingis added nine points, five rebounds and four blocks before exiting the game in the third quarter with a right ankle injury.

Listen below as Allen, Markkanen, and Garland talk win over Dallas: