Cleveland Cavaliers hold on to secure a close win
The Cleveland Cavaliers bounced back from a lackluster effort just 24 hours prior to outlast the Sacramento Kings on the road, 109-108. The Cavs went on an early burst and did just enough to secure their second road win in three outings.
Despite leading by as much as 13, and for nearly the entirety of the game, the Cavs’ cold shooting allowed Sacramento to climb back to take the lead early in the final period.
Even as they were up by 10 with only two and a half minutes left, Cleveland had a fright in the waning minutes as the Kings closed in and had a chance to steal the win. Fortunately, Kings guard De’Aaron Fox missed the potential game-winner.
Jarrett Allen led the Cavaliers with 18 points, 17 rebounds, and two blocked shots, while the rest of Tower City also stood tall: rookie Evan Mobley had 17 markers, Kevin Love put in 18, and Lauri Markkanen added 15 in the win.
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Allen, who lamented a lack of effort on his part after the Cavs tallied a season-low effort against the Golden State Warriors, immediately made a statement with an early double-double as the Cavs score 62 in the first half.
Love and fellow bench gunner Cedi Osman (15 points) also gave the Cavaliers a huge lift after struggling to hit the mark just a night ago. It was another balanced output for Cleveland, and just enough effort to save the win despite faltering in stretches.
Point guard Darius Garland was clearly nursing his back but still served as the stabilizing force for the Cavs, who evidently struggled without him on the floor. Lamar Stevens, still starting in place of Isaac Okoro, remained a crucial cog on both ends of the floor.
Despite losing six of their previous ten outings, the Cavs have surpassed last season’s win total with a 23-18 record just halfway through the season, and will continue on the quest to reach the playoffs for the first time in four years.
Cleveland will look to notch a couple more wins as they continue on the West Coast trip as they face the Utah Jazz next on January 12.