The Cleveland Cavaliers needed every bit of Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland to secure the Double Over-Time win.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have finally snapped the losing streak at five but all is not well. The Cavaliers struggled closing out the Charlotte Hornets on Friday, a huge issue considering the Hornets didn’t have LaMelo Ball on the court and still, the Hornets nearly won this game.
The Hornets are one of the worst offenses in the league as they’re ranked 23rd in points for, ranked 27th in the league in field goal percentage, and 26th in the league in three-point shooting. To see the Hornets take the Cavs to task so easily on defense is concerning.
They took 44 shots from behind the arc and didn’t even get challenged a lot of times. The defense allowed way too many shots, and if it wasn’t for the fact they were just a bad team, the Hornets would have easily extended the losing streak.
The Cavaliers won 132-122 and have the Miami Heat on Sunday.
Cleveland Cavaliers top 3 vs. the Charlotte Hornets
1 Point – Donovan Mitchell
The young guard dropped 34 points, while shooting 50% from the floor, and going 10-11 on free throws. He didn’t shoot great from three-point land (22%), but the team needed every single one of his 34 points.
2 Points – Evan Mobley
Evan Mobley went for 21 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, and two blocks for the day in one of his better outings yet. His defense and ability to take away second-chance opportunities from the Hornets probably allowed the Cavs to get the win.
3 Points – Darius Garland
You gotta give it to Darius Garland, who scored 41 points on great efficiency and led the team in Box+/- for the night, with a +23.
Cavs Top 3 Seasonal Standings
- Donovan Mitchell – 26 Points
- Darius Garland – 15 Points
- Jarrett Allen – 12 Points
- Kevin Love – 10 Points
- Evan Mobley – 9 Points
- Cedi Osman- 7 Points
- Caris LeVert – 5 points
- Dean Wade – 3 Points
- Isaac Okoro – Point