The Cleveland Cavaliers took on the Charlotte Hornets in their final game of the season and lost by a rather large margin.
The Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse era is not off to a good start. In the first game under the new moniker, the Cleveland Cavaliers lost 124-97. The Charlotte Hornets were a team fighting for their playoff lives and took no chances in potentially losing to the team with the second-worst record in the NBA.
Charlotte’s efficiency beyond the three-point line was the difference in the game. Charlotte went 22-44 from deep while Cleveland only went 11-30. The Hornets simply could not miss and buried the Cavaliers every chance they got. Any time that Cleveland seemed to get back into the game Charlotte would hit another momentum killing three.
Collin Sexton led the Cavaliers scoring effort with 18 points and his 10 assists gave him a double-double. Sexton struggled from deep, only making one of seven attempts from three-point range.
Cedi Osman scored the second-highest total for Cleveland with 17 points. Osman went 7-13 from the field and made two three’s on the night.
Jordan Clarkson did his usual Jordan Clarkson thing, chipping in 16 points off the bench in 23 minutes. Clarkson also went 7-13 from the field including 2-4 from three-point range.
Larry Nance Jr. had his fourth straight double-double, finishing with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Five of Nance’s rebounds were of the offensive variety.
Perhaps the best part of the game was when Channing Frye entered. This was Frye’s final game of his career and received near universal applause. Frye scored 10 points in the final minutes of the game and received a standing ovation when he walked off the court for the final time. Frye even received chants of “MVP, MVP” while at the free throw line.