The Cavs saw their best scorer Collin Sexton have an awful shooting night, resulting in the club not able to keep up with the scoring prowess of the Hawks.
The Cavs got blitzed by the Hawks, losing 100-82 in a game that wasn’t close once the third quarter got underway. The Cavs fall to 14-24 while the Hawks got closer to .500, going to 19-20. No one on the Cavs broke 20 points, with Collin Sexton leading the way with 15.
Sexton struggled all game to find his shot, shooting just 29% from the floor, and 20% from three. Sexton did at least go 4-6 from the free-throw line, so that was a nice change of pace. Sexton led the way in points, but Jarrett Allen led the team with rebounds, pulling down 11. Despite both of the Hawks’ best centers being out of the lineup, however, Allen still only had nine points and had an awful night shooting as well. Allen shot just 50% from the floor on four shots and shot a putrid 42% from the free-throw line, finishing his day with 5-12.
If that wasn’t bad enough, Kevin Love couldn’t make it three minutes on the court before pulling himself from the game due to, as the announcers put it, “not feeling right”. Love spent the rest of the night stretching.
Darius Garland was ineffective defensively, but he did put up 11 points. Cedi Osman and JaVale McGee also put up double-digit points, 10 apiece, on an otherwise bad night scoring the ball.
As a team, the Cavs shot only 38% from the floor, 27% from three, and a shockingly bad 52% from the free-throw line.
For the Hawks, they had six players put up double-digit nights, with Danilo Gallinari and John Collins leading the way with 20 and 22 points apiece. The Hawks did a lot of damage on the Cavs’d defense without relying on Trae Young. Young only played 28 minutes, and only took nine shots. He finished with 14 points.
This is the second straight blowout loss for the Cavs, who got wrecked on Friday by the Pelicans.