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The Cleveland Cavaliers won their fourth straight game on Wednesday night, defeating the Portland Trail Blazers, 114-96, in front of an energetic crowd on Thanksgiving Eve.
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During the recent losing streak in five games that preceded this promising turnaround, the Cleveland club lamented a few of its own losses due to puzzling fumbles late in the game. For the fourth straight game, Cleveland took the lead in the fourth quarter and finished.
“We seem to be getting better and better every game at the end of the games,” Garrett Allen said after the win. “If you look at that lockout stretch, there are some games that we’ve dropped because we’ve released the throttle. But games like this home stretch when we go 10 and we need to keep the lead, we’ve been getting better at that — we’re still playing our game, we’re still doing the soft plays.” to get the job done.”
On Monday, it was an 11-2 run in the final minutes that put the game out of reach. This time, it was a 10-2 run to open the fourth inning, lighting up the arena and stretching the lead to 20 points.
While the Blazers made runs in the final quarter, sparked by dynamic guard Anfernee Simons who put up 14 of their 20 points in the fourth, the Cavs responded every time. Donovan Mitchell’s left-wing three-pointer at the 2:42 mark put frosting on this pie. Soon after, both teams off the bench when Mitchell dribbled out of bounds on purpose.
“I thought we were good defensively,” said Cavs coach JB Bickerstaff. “I thought we did a good job of controlling the tempo, playing at our own pace. Then again the lessons learned at the end of the game. They sprinted, cut it to 12 I think it was, but our guys didn’t panic. We got to our sets and executed our combinations and were able to Extending the lead. Keep learning how to finish, but we did a good job that night.”
Although the Cavs got off to a slow early start, they finished the first quarter with a 9-0 lead and took control of the game. In all, Cleveland drove 40 of a possible 48 minutes in a game that featured seven lead turnovers and five early game-tying games, before the Cavs eventually blew the game.
Now 4-0 since the introduction of Lamar Stephens into the starting lineup, Bickerstaff has created a quintet with the right combination of offense and defense.
“He’s got fantastic poise. He’s not afraid of the moment. There’s no match he doesn’t think he’s got a favour,” Bickerstaff said of Stevens. Get these stops. And Lamar was able to fit in with that group to help them pick up pit stops. The trio – him, Jarrett and Evan (Mobley) – he’s tough defensively. We’re working on finding that balance, but I think he’s done a great job so far.”
All five starters scored in double figures Wednesday.
Mitchell led the way with 34 points, singing again with MVP cheers. Garland and Allen each had 24. Stephens hit 12 boards while Mobley hit a double-double and scored 10 to go close to 12 boards.
Portland, without superstar Damian Lillard, got 22 points from strong quarterback Jusuf Nurkic and 21 from Jerami Grant. But Grant was held scoreless in the second half, missing the only three shots he attempted.
Last week, the Cavs returned dejectedly from Milwaukee, shrouded in suspicion during a bad slump. They had a lot of hearts on their hearts hoping to solve their problems. Pledge to make changes. After a week at home, these issues seem to be resolved. Wednesday capped off a perfect four-game home run.
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Kevin Love was inactive for the second time in the last three games due to a hairline fracture in his right thumb. Love, who tried to overcome an injury against Atlanta last night, is still in quite a bit of soreness. Bickerstaff said Love will need to continue managing the pain for a little while while his thumb heals. Besides, Love is also under the weather, which prevented him from participating in shooting and attending Wednesday’s game.
The Cavs will travel to Milwaukee for a rematch against the Bucks on Friday night. Tipoff is set to 8 p.m
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