The Cleveland Cavs are on a roll again, this time in the right direction, with a third straight victory, this time in OT, over the 76ers.
The Cavs defeated the 76ers again, this time in overtime, to extend the Cavaliers’ winning streak to three-straight games. It took them an extra period but the Cavs were able to win 112-109 in a really competitive contest.
Collin Sexton and Darius Garland scored 28 and 25 points for the game, but neither man exactly did it very efficiently. Garland shot only 38% from the floor but did hit 2-of-5 from three, to finish with 40% from behind the arc. A respectable number. Sexton shot 41% from the floor but just 20% from behind the arc, going 1-of-5 for the night. Garland did pass the ball quite well and despite being a negative on the +/-, was only -1 against a player who was quite larger than him in Ben Simmons. So a commendable night for both Garland and Sexton.
Isaac Okoro had and needed a career night, going 6-of-9 from the floor for a total of 15 points. He fouled out late in the game though. Dean Wade, despite only going 1-for-4 for the night and scoring six points, pulled in 12 rebounds, next to Jarrett Allen and his impressive night of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Dylan Windler’s hot shooting didn’t carry over from the last game, going only 3-of-7 from the floor and 0-for-4 from three. He did go 3-for-3 from inside the arc though. He finished with eight total.
The Cavs played this game with Taurean Prince (personal reasons) and Cedi Osman (back injury) and did very well without two of their better playmakers. The Cavs are now playing much as they did earlier in the year. They’re playing solid defense, passing the ball with ease, and forcing better shots.
If this keeps up, they might just get back to .500 sooner rather than later. The Cavs start a 1-and-4 stretch of games, going to Houston next, then home for the Pacers, and then three straight on the road. Only the Pacers and Heat are playing well at the moment and this looks like an opportunity for the team to get some much-needed wins.