Second year guard Darius Garland scored a career-high 37 points en route to a 125-101 Cleveland Cavaliers victory over San Antonio.
If the Cleveland Cavaliers were going to snap their five-game losing streak and get back on the right track in San Antonio they were going to need from someone not named Collin Sexton. The good news is that someone did, Darius Garland. Garland scored a career-high 37 points against the Spurs and help the Cavs defeat San Antonio by 24-points.
Darius Garland made 14 of 22 shots including 5 of 10 from deep along with making all 4 free throw attempts. Garland also dished a game-high 7 assists to add to his game-high scoring effort. This was an excellent performance for Darius Garland and on the higher end of possible outcomes for the second year guard. Garland is more of a complimentary scorer than leading scorer, but is capable of the occasional scoring breakout like Monday night.
It was not a lone effort for Darius Garland as the other half of SexLand, Collin Sexton, provided some help in the scoring department. Sexton finished with 22 points on 7-17 from the field and 7 of 8 free throws. Sexton also had 5 assists and 3 rebounds in the contest. The key stat for both Collin Sexton and Darius Garland is that they only had 1 turnover between the two of them, a massive improvement in this area.
Okoro, Hartenstein and Prince
Rookie Isaac Okoro also had decent night, making 4 of 6 field goal attempts including all three shots from deep totaling 11 points. Okoro seems to be settling in a bit offensively and has been a little more efficient over the last three games.
Newcomer Isaiah Hartenstein was a surprising contributor off the bench with 16 points and 12 rebounds in 27 minutes of play. Hartenstein went 7-8 and made 2-3 shots from the free throw line. Veteran Taurean Prince was the second-highest bench scorer with 14 points and grabbed 7 boards in 26 minutes.