Cleveland Cavaliers successfully bounced back from a tough loss
The Cleveland Cavaliers rebounded from a humbling loss north of the border to decimate a formidable Philadephia 76ers team at home, 113-85. With another victory, the Cavs have now won nine of their 10 assignments in front of sold-out crowds at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.
Starting out quite slow, a red-hot Cavaliers team began to pull away in the second quarter, eventually erecting a lead that grew to as much as 21 points by halftime after making 73 percent of their attempts from the field early.
Learning from mistakes of late, Cleveland never took its foot off the pedal from thereon, racing to a 33-point advantage late to erase all doubts about the end result.
Caris LeVert, who has struggled to find the mark recently, led all scorers with 22 points off 8-for-11 shooting from the field, while Darius Garland and Donovan Mitchell combined for 39 markers and 15 dimes in the win.
The Cavs will look to continue protecting home court
Rising star Evan Mobley continued his solid play in the absence of key frontcourt cogs Jarrett Allen (back), Kevin Love (thumb), and Lamar Stevens (illness), tallying 16 markers while helping play solid defense on the Sixers’ MVP candidate Joel Embiid.
With the help of Robin Lopez and Mamadi Diakite, Mobley helped made it difficult for the usually dominant Embiid, limiting him to a still solid stat line of 19 points, six rebounds, and six dimes but just 6-for-16 from the field.
As a whole, Cleveland’s defense suffocated the visiting team to a season-low 85 points while reaching the century mark in scoring in all but two games thus far this season. Even with all these various injuries to indispensable rotation players, these Cavaliers have shown resilience against adversity as well as the ability to bounce back from seemingly deflating situations.
With this dominant route of a legitimate Eastern Conference contender, the Cavs improved to 14-8 and have also marched to their best start at home since the batch that reached the NBA Finals in 2017.
There is no doubt that the Cleveland Cavaliers will look to improve on that distinction by continuing to defend home court when the upstart Orlando Magic come into the building on December 2.