The Cleveland Cavaliers won against another good team, the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference Minnesota Timberwolves. The Cavs did it once again without their point guard Donovan Mitchell. Minnesota, on the other hand, won’t be having Karl Anthony-Towns anytime soon. Therefore, both teams were missing key players. Both teams needed to find ways to make good execution. In this game, it belonged to Cleveland. The Cavaliers won this in overtime, 113-104.

No blowouts. Both teams kept the game close. Solid defensive game. The Cavs did a good job sharing and moving the ball. Getting points in the paint was one of the biggest factors in this game.

Darius Garland had himself a good night. He led the Cavs with 34 points. He performed poorly from downtown going 2-for-10, but he shot 13 of 26 from the field and did enough to help the team win. Jarrett Allen was huge in this game. He picked up 18 rebounds (13 defensive rebounds, 5 offensive rebounds). Without his contributions, we would’ve had a different conversation today. He also had two blocks and two steals. Georges Niang added 16 points to go along with six rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal in 36 minutes. Caris Levert had 15 points. The second-string players came through once again. This is incredible.

How long can the second-string players keep up this good effort? We hope this is not a fluke because whenever the team needs them to step up, they HAVE TO STEP UP. Staying healthy and ball-sharing will be vital for the Cavs if they want to have success in the postseason.

The Brooklyn Nets will come to Cleveland on Sunday. Both teams will square off at 7 p.m. The Cavs are a half-game up over the Milwaukee Bucks for second place in the Eastern Conference standings.

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