The shorthanded Cavs defeat the Knicks 95-93 at home. The Cavaliers overcame the New York Knicks without the services of their starting center, Jarret Allen, who was out due to illness.
In addition, the Cavs were also without starting forward Lauri Markkanen. According to coach J.B. Bickerstaff, he suffered a right ankle sprain in their last game against the OKC Thunder and will be out for a few games.
The Knicks were in the lead throughout the first half of Monday night’s game, but the Cavs took control in the third quarter and never looked back.
Veteran Kevin Love led the charge for the Cavs, scoring 20 points and pulling down 11 rebounds in just 24 minutes of play. Kevin is making the argument for 6th Man of the Year considerations. He is averaging 14 points and seven rebounds a contest off the bench in 21 minutes for the season.
Rookie of the Year candidate Evan Mobley added 15 points, pulled down 12 rebounds and even-handed out five assists.
Darius Garland found a way to get his teammates involved when his shot wasn’t falling. Something we have grown accustomed to and appreciate about his game. Darius only shot 6/19 from the field but scored 13 points and dished out 12 assists. This was Garland’s 5th straight game with 10 or more assists, tying Lebron James (in 2017-2018) for the longest streak by any Cavalier player to do so in the past 10 seasons. According to ESPN Stats & Info.
The Cavs are now 29-19, 5th in the Eastern Conference standings. They have won their last two games, eight of their previous 10. Furthermore, the Cavs are 9-3 in 2022 and have three games left to play in the month of January.
Cleveland’s next three games are against the Bucks at home, then in Detroit against the Pistons and finally, the Pelicans back in Cleveland.
Can the Cavs end the month on a five-game winning streak? Tell us what you think.
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