Cavs’ newest addition, Caris LeVert, came through in a big way to help the Cavs defeat his old team, the Indiana Pacers, 120 to 113.
LeVert scored 22 points on 10 of 19 shooting from the field. In addition, he also dished out five assists in an impressive showing.
This was a game where Cleveland trailed back after being down by as much as 21 points. Indiana was clicking on all cylinders early behind the imposing play of Tyrese Haliburton. However, the Cavs fought to stay within striking distance. Then in the fourth, the Cavs outscored the Pacers 32-17, rallying behind a strong team defensive effort and LeVert’s offensive play.
Cleveland has now won five-straight games, five of their last six. Unfortunately, Darius Garland only played in one of those six games and even missed this previous game due to injuries.
The Cavs have been depending on the impressive play of center Jarrett Allen to give them a boost along with the newly acquired LeVert. Allen contributed 22 points while shooting 8/12 from the field and 14 rebounds in tonight’s win.
He is averaging 20.3 points and 16.8 rebounds per game in Cleveland’s four-game winning streak.
Defense is the Cavs calling card. As fans, we can’t wait to get a good look at the team with Caris LeVert and Darius Garland in the backcourt for a long stretch of games.
The Cavs improve to 35-21, tied with the Chicago Bulls for 2nd place in the Eastern Conference. One game behind the Miami Heat for the top spot.
Miami has three games to play before the All-Star break. They play against the Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks, and Charlotte Hornets.
The Cavs have two road games left before the All-Star break. They have a game Saturday in Philadelphia against the 76ers and another on Tuesday in Atlanta versus the Hawks.
Will the Cavs win both and go into the All-Star break with a ton of momentum and possibly the top spot in the East? Will we “really” get to see a glimpse of what LeVert and Garland can do together before the break?
Tell us what you think.