Cleveland Cavaliers stain nearly pristine home record
The Cleveland Cavaliers rebound from a disappointing loss to hold off a resilient Oklahoma City Thunder team, 110-102. With another heartening victory at home, the Cavs improve to 12 wins against two losses at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse and 17-10 overall.
In a game where they led all throughout, the Cavaliers were not without worry. Despite erecting a 17-point lead midway through the third quarter, the home team found themselves in a pinch after OKC somehow raced back to tie the game at 89 with 7:05 remaining in the game.
Fortunately, the Cavs were able to flip the script from their embarrassing fourth-quarter choke job against the Sacramento Kings just a day before by going on a massive 15-4 run to close out the Thunder.
The inconsistent Caris LeVert once again stepped up to lead Cleveland in scoring with 22 points in the absence of All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell (sore leg), while the frontcourt duo of Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen dominated in the clutch with each adding 21 points and a combined 23 rebounds in the win.
On the other hand, Oklahoma City’s star guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led all scorers with 23 points in a gutsy effort for the young Thunder squad away from home.
The Cavs need to find consistency in a long season
After a disappointing outing less than 24 hours prior, Cleveland was able to secure a much-needed character win with their top scorer Mitchell still in street clothes. Also remaining out of the lineup were forwards Kevin Love (back) and Dean Wade (shoulder).
If the Cavs are adamant about building a winning culture and seriously contending for the playoffs this season, it pays to be able to take care of business and be consistent every night against all levels of competition and a win against teams like the Thunder is just as vital as bouts with the heavyweights.
While remaining in solo third at 17-10, the Cavaliers have the Brooklyn Nets, the Philadelphia 76ers, and a slew of other teams closing in within an increasingly sweltering Eastern Conference.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will be away from the familiar confines of the home as they pack the bags and go on the road to visit the San Antonio Spurs in the first leg of a Texas two-step on December 12.