The Cavs have finally snapped their skid at 10 losses in a role thanks to a great team effort against the Hawks a game-winner by Lamar Stevens.
Lamar Stevens, the Philadelphia native and Penn State-alum scored only eight points in the Cavs’ 112-110 win over the Hawks on Tuesday night but it was the last two that really mattered. With mere seconds left on the clock and the Cavs having possession of the ball, Collin Sexton passed the ball to Stevens who cut to the rim and threw down a monstrous dunk with mere seconds remaining. The Hawks tried to quickly advance the ball but was unable to put up a last-second shot in time.
The Cavs were able to break their ten-game losing streak, a streak that went hand in hand with the team going 2-14 in their previous 16, now 3-14 in their last 17. The stretch of bad play has essentially kicked them out of the playoff conversation but the team fought hard against the Hawks, coming back several times in the second half to regain the lead and eventually end the game with the win.
Dean Wade got the start for Cedi Osman but for the most part, the starting five remained the same. Jarrett Allen had another double-double, with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Collin Sexton had 29 points and went 3-for-5 from three. Darius Garland had an ugly night shooting, only hitting 37% of his shots but he did play solid defense against Trae Young. Isaac Okoro had three blocks, Cedi Osman put up 11 from the bench and Dyland Windler went a perfect 5-for-5 from three, ending his night with 15 points.
Trae Young had an awful night shooting, going 9-of-27 (33%), while posting a double-double of his own of 28 points and 12 assists. Clint Capela also had a double-double with 12 points and 17 rebounds. John Collins left the game in the first half due to concussion protocols. Kevin Huerter had a big game, shooting 8-of-14 for 22 points but the Hawks bench was absolutely inept for most of the game. Even Danilo Gallinari, the team’s big free-agent acquisition, didn’t do much damage.