Cleveland Cavaliers snaps two-game skid with crucial win
The Cleveland Cavaliers bounce back from two painful defeats with an enormous 119-101 blowout win over the New York Knicks. Still playing without their starting frontcourt duo, the Cavs banked on a balanced offensive effort to shut their opponents out for the much-needed win on the road.
Stepping up big time in the absence of Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley has been recent two-way player signee Moses Brown, who finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds for a second consecutive double-double in only his third start as a member of the wine and gold.
Leading seven Cavaliers players to score in double figures is All-Star Darius Garland, per usual, tallying his 28th double-double of the season with 24 points and 13 assists, while Caris LeVert, Isaac Okoro, Kevin Love, Cedi Osman, and Lauri Markkanen rounded out that list.
The Cavs needed a statement win to reignite their fire after an awfully lackluster month of March, and they got that against New York, never once trailing in the game where they led by as much as 23 at one point in the second half.
Having to go through the play-in is becoming inevitable for the Cavs
The defense still left a lot to be desired early, but a balanced offensive attack proved more than enough to propel the Cavaliers over the equally struggling Knicks in front of a sold-out Madison Square Garden crowd.
Cleveland solidifies their hold of the seventh place with a 43-35 card, two and a half games back from a guaranteed playoff spot but still a healthy couple of games above fellow play-in contenders Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks, and Charlotte Hornets.
With only four games remaining on the calendar, including looming matchups against three legitimate contenders, make chasing after one of the final assured playoff seeds held by the Chicago Bulls and the Toronto Raptors a little farfetched.
The Cleveland Cavaliers still need as many wins as possible to avoid falling further into the dreaded 9-10 spots, and forcing a win at home against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on April 3 would definitely go a long way.