The Cleveland Cavaliers outscored the Houston Rockets by 20 points in the second half as they won their second consecutive game.
Is this bizarro world? Not only did the Cleveland Cavaliers have a chance to win two games in a row for the first time in over a month, they actually did it. Cleveland ran with a 64-44 second half differential en route to a rare victory for the team.
Even with more than twice as many turnovers than Houston (18-7), Cleveland was still able to come away with a much needed victory. The Cavaliers did have a couple of bright spots. It was night that can be classified as raining threes as they went 16-36 from deep, led by a 4-4 performance from Dylan Windler off the bench. Cleveland also dominated in rebounds (66-38) and fast break points (21-2).
Jarrett Allen was clearly the player of the game as he’d the Cavs in points (26) and rebounds (18), both game-highs. Allen went 10-11 from the field including making his lone three-point attempt and added 4 blocks to his final line.
While SexLand combined for 34 points, it was a rough night shooing the ball for both. Collin Sexton was 9-19 (3-8 3PT) and Darius Garland was 4-14 (3-10 3PT). Luckily Garland had 10 assists to boost his night, but had an unfortunate 10 turnovers. Sexton’s 23 points was the second-highest total for the Cavaliers and in the game.
With this win, the Cavaliers finish their four game home stand as they head out on the road for two games starting Saturday. Cleveland will head to face a much tougher Philadelphia 76ers squad Saturday before a rematch with Houston on Monday.