The Cavs rookie forward Isaac Okoro has a career night but fall to the Suns.
The Cavs were able to mount a nice comeback against the Suns, tying the game up and sending it to overtime. The Cavaliers could only muster four points in overtime, however, and fell to the Suns 134-118. While the Cavs lose yet again, the stellar performance of Isaac Okoro was a huge bright spot for Cleveland.
Just over a week ago, Okoro dropped 20 points against the Raptors for a then-career best, but on Tuesday he went for 31 points, with six assists and three rebounds. Okoro didn’t just score a lot, but did so efficiently, going 10-16 from the floor, 3-4 from three, and a perfect 9-9 from the free-throw line.
Okoro wasn’t the only Cav with a good night, as Collin Sexton and Cedi Osman also had some impressive performances. Jarrett Allen had a rough night on defense (but not as bad as Andre Drummond). Kevin Love had a terrible night shooting, going just 2-10 and 1-4 from three-point for just seven points.
The lack of a bench is hurting the Cavs significantly, as four players played 37 minutes, three played 39, and two broke the 40-minute mark.
Top Three Game Performers
One Point – Cedi Osman
Cedi Osman seems to have found his stroke once again, shooting 4-6 from three, while putting up 17 points and four assists. The point-forward role of Osman seems to be meshing well with him.
Two Points – Collin Sexton
When you drop 29 points on solid efficiency, it’s a strong night, but for a player like Sexton, these nights need to be more common. His seven assists were also impressive.
Three Points – Isaac Okoro
Gotta give the rookie credit, 32 points is a great night for anyone, but for a player who’s had a rough time scoring all year, 32 points, while setting a career-high along the way, and leading the team in the fourth to tie it up? That’s a strong night for anyone. He gets the top spot for a reason.