The Cavs are officially on a winning streak, especially after Jarrett Allen dominated the Rockets all night, blowing out Houston with ease.
The Cavs had an early lead in the first quarter and were down by two heading into half but after the start of the third quarter, the Cavs applied pressure and never let up. The team defeated the Rockets 112-96 in a game that saw Jarrett Allen absolutely blitz the Rockets with ease. He dominated on both sides of the court and was the most impressive player on the court.
Allen went 10-of-11 from the floor, 1-for-1 from three, and 5-of-8 from the free-throw line for a total of 26 points. He also had 18 rebounds, four blocks, and two assists. This was his sixth straight double-double.
Collin Sexton had 23 points, going 9-for-19 but a mediocre 3-for-8 from three. Darius Garland had a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists but was putrid shooting the ball, going 4-of-14 from the floor and 3-of-10 from three. Isaac Okoro had a solid game, playing good defense and scoring 10 on good efficiency, while Dyland Windler went 4-for-4 from the three-point line and finished with 13 points. Windler went 5-for-5 the night before.
Allen’s defense set the tone for the night, and the rest of the Cavs responded in kind defensively. The team also worked the shot clock far more than they’ve been doing and worked clean passes around the court looking for the open man.
The Rockets had some notes. John Wall had 20 points but got beat defensively. Victor Oladipo had17 but was also someone who didn’t pose much threat defensively.
The Cavs move to 12-21 on the season, while the Rockets fall to 11-19. Allen’s having a great run of games, comfortably dominating the last few games and taking his place as a big piece of this team.
The Cavs fleeced the Nets with Allen and he’s looking like he could be a huge key in turning this thing around.