Cavs best Celtics in overtime, again

Cleveland defeated Boston in overtime 114-113.

For the second time in less than a week it was the Cleveland Cavaliers taking down the Boston Celtics in overtime. While the Cavs margin of victory was not as large as their last meeting (nine points), a win is a win and Cleveland will certainly take it.

It was a back and forth all game with both teams holding double-digits leads (BOS 12, CLE 11). The fact each team was able to rally is even more impressive considering their lack of success from three-point range. Cleveland was just 11-39 while Boston 11-41 from deep. These shortcomings were made up in other areas. The Cavs held a 56-42 advantage in points in the paint, the Celtics meanwhile made 26 of 27 free throws compared to Cleveland’s 19-24.

What this game come down to was scoring at opportune times. The Cavaliers were able to build a five-point lead with less than two minutes remaining in overtime. This small lead proved to be more than enough as Boston’s two final shot attempts in the last 30 seconds down one were not successful.

Player notes

Darius Garland returned to the Cavs lineup for the first time since the season opener. Garland finished with 29 points, 12 assists, five rebounds, and three assists in 42 minutes. The return of Garland did not disrupt the Cavaliers flow on offense as they continued to be an incredibly productive unit.

Cleveland’s second-highest scorer was Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell has proven to be such an upgrade for this Cavs team as his outstanding play night in and night out provides Cleveland with another weapon on offense. It was a casual 25 point, six assist, four rebound, two block, one steal night for newest Cavalier.

Jarrett Allen finishing with a double-double is pretty much a sure thing at this point and Wednesday was no exception. Allen’s 14 point and 14 rebound performance is expected at this point as his presence on this Cavs team has proven to be incredibly valuable.

Looking ahead

Cleveland is off Thursday before heading out on a five-game road trip which lasts until the middle of November. First up is Detroit, followed by both teams in Los Angeles, then Sacramento, and finishing off in Golden State. Their 6-1 record and status as second place in the Eastern Conference will be put to the test.

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