Cavs streak snapped at four games
Following four consecutive double-digit victories on the road, the Cleveland Cavaliers hit a snag at home against the Utah Jazz. The Cavs ran out of ammo in a thrilling Sunday matinee shootout at home against Utah and had to surrender a 109-108 heartbreaker.
After a fairly close first half, Cleveland found themselves trailing by double figures early in the fourth period. In a last-ditch attempt to salvage their winning streak, the team then went on a furious rally to get back into the game.
Playing in front of a raucous home crowd at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse appeared to have given them an extra jolt towards the endgame, but that momentum eventually fizzled out as Darius Garland missed one last chance to win the game with three seconds left on the clock.
The duo of Garland and Jarrett Allen led the way for the Cavaliers once again, with the 21-year-old guard putting in 31 huge points while Allen tallied his seventh-straight double-double with 17 markers, 10 rebounds, and two blocked shots in the loss.
However, the Cavs had few answers for Utah’s All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell, who erupted for 35 points and six assists.
The Cavs need a quick rebound
Playing at home did seem to give the road-weary Cavaliers some extra push in the battle against another formidable playoff contender in the Jazz.
Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month Evan Mobley used that to bounce back from a dismal shooting night against the Washington Wizards the other day, putting up a double-double of 14 points and 12 boards to go with a block and a steal.
Cedi Osman returning to the lineup also gave the team some more firepower as he joined Ricky Rubio to combine for 26 markers off the bench while Kevin Love, Lauri Markkanen, and Isaac Okoro all struggled quite a bit.
Sadly, Utah still built enough of a cushion to ultimately fend off the scrappy Cavaliers, who drop to 13-11 for the season.
The Cavs will have less than a day turnaround to find a quick rebound as they immediately travel to play the defending NBA Champions Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.