“Cleveland” is still afraid of “Oklahoma City”.
Cavaliers fans witnessed almost the same scenario for the second time in two games! After dominating their theme in the first half with the LeVert-Allen tandem to support Darius Garland (59-46), the locals went +17 after two shots by Evan Mobley (72-55) and still held a position. A 16-point lead (80-64) two minutes into the third quarter.
Suffice it to say that the matchup is shaping up pretty well for the “back” with Donovan Mitchell’s absence as a bonus. Until OKC’s Impressive Awakening!
The Thunder did indeed go on a 19-7 run in less than eight minutes, an incredible stretch in which Alexei Pokusevsky and Isaiah Jones used a great collective effort to hit 3-pointers and tie the game at 89-89. !
It all flared up again, and Cleveland fans held their breath 24 hours after a similar disappointment. This time, the Cavs managed to restart the time machine. First, a 3-pointer from Evan Mobley at the top of the racket, then his friend Jarrett Allen dunked.
Later, JB Bickerstaff’s troops made the difference (104-93) on a 10-0 run that ended with another bonus dunk by Jarrett Allen, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 6 points.e mistake synonymous with sack and victory for Cleveland (110-102).
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– Cavs reaction. This time, the local residents, boiling over from the disappointment of the previous day, managed to come to their senses. We can emphasize the contribution of the Mobley-Allen tandem in this reaction of pride that allowed Cleveland to win. In the absence of Donovan Mitchell, everyone has to do a little more, and the two control laps were invaluable in finishing “on the money.”
– Cleveland makes the recipe at home. With 12 wins in 14 home games, Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse looked like an impregnable fortress from the start of the season. Currently, this is the best home record in the league!
When Caris LeVert falls on Darius Bazley
Caris LeVert delivered a fierce dunk over Darius Bazley to confirm a good first half. The Cavaliers’ back climbed the Thunder Mountain to go and hit the poster with both hands. The “show time” moment of the match!
✅ Evan Mobley. It’s hard to choose between him and Jarrett Allen. The balance tilts slightly in favor of Evan Mobley, for all his work, namely his regular contribution throughout the match. And it’s not his flashy, sweet spot on the 3-pointer when it matters most, 89-89. Coming in: Solid double-double with 3 assists (21 points, 12 rebounds).
✅ Caris LeVert. He is a luxury replacement to make up for the absence of Donovan Mitchell. He contributed perfectly to his team’s performance in the first half. A little less inspired after the break, but overall a positive performance.
✅ Alexey Pokusevsky. Another nice stat line for him with 16 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks. He had a memorable heat stroke, hitting everything that moved, especially early in the fourth quarter. Not rewarded for his efforts with a win, but still a good performance from his side.
⛔️ Luguentz Dort. A small match for him to return to the game with a foreign address that still eludes him. The Thunder’s success also depends on him and his contributions on both ends of the floor.
Cleveland (17-10): Cavs visit San Antonio scheduled for Monday (2:30 p.m.)
Oklahoma City (11-15): The Thunder continue their trip to Dallas this Monday (02:30) to face the Mavs.