The Cavs Took Off and Never Looked Back versus the Kings. Can the Success Continue?
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been scary and dangerous to opponents in their current three-game win streak. They have defeated the Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings during this time.
The Cavs haven’t trailed since the first quarter of the Bulls game on Wednesday, December 8. They have been clicking on all cylinders ever since.
As the Cavs squared off against the Kings, Coach J.B. Bickerstaff was able to get significant contributions from his players. Out of the nine players in Bickerstaff’s rotation Saturday, seven of them scored in double figures.
The Cavs scored 45 in the second quarter, 81 points in the first half alone (tying a franchise record). They ended the game with an impressive 117-103 win. The Cavaliers had no trouble putting the ball in the basket as a team, shooting 47% from the floor, 39% from the three.
Isaac Okoro led the Cavs in scoring with 20 points, shooting 7/9 from the field.
Darius Garland continued his impressive All-Star caliber play versus the Kings. He showed what it takes to lead a high-powered offense. However, his shooting was off this game, scoring on 7/17 shots, 1/6 from the three-point line. In addition, he even committed five turnovers.
But Darius scored 16 points and dished out 13 assists, choosing to get others involved rather than forcing it.
The Kings had no answer for the twin towers of Evan Mosley and Jarrett Allen. Both contributed double-doubles, combining 34 points, 26 rebounds and four blocks.
After dethroning the Kings in Cleveland, the Cavs improve to 16-12 in the win-loss column. The win moved them up to 5th in the East. They also improve to 7-7 at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, protecting their home court.
When asked about the team’s recent success, Rookie Evan Mosley told reporters, “Everyone is happy for everyone else anytime one of our teammates does something good.” Then said, “That just speaks volumes to our chemistry.”
We hope the Cavs can continue their success Monday night verse the Miami Heat.
On a recent episode of TNT’s “Inside the NBA, analysis, and Hall of Famer, Charles Barkley boldly predicted the Cavs to make the playoffs this year.
We are just over a third of the way through the season. Will the Cavs success continue? Tell us what you think?
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