It’s nonetheless very early within the 12 months, but it surely’s beginning to really feel like this Cavaliers staff has one thing particular brewing – already having completed one thing that will’ve been nearly unthinkable only one season in the past.

On Monday night time, the Cavaliers wrapped up a brutal early-season journey at 3-2 – shutting down one Hornets run after one other and getting huge performances from their huge frontline, taking the 113-110 thriller on the Spectrum Middle in Charlotte.

After splitting the primary 4 video games of the roadie out West in opposition to a few of the Convention’s true heavyweights, J.B. Bickerstaff’s scrappy younger squad got here out of the locker room able to rumble in opposition to the staff that spoiled their dwelling opener lower than two weeks in the past, taking a 19-point lead after a 40-point first quarter and holding off the Hornets the remainder of the night time.

The Cavaliers jumbo frontline of Jarrett Allen, Lauri Markkanen and Evan Mobley was wonderful on Monday – combining for 60 factors, 34 rebounds, seven blocks, 5 steals and 5 assists.

Allen set the tone early in opposition to Charlotte – notching 15 of his team-high 24 factors within the first quarter, going 9-of-13 from the ground total, including a game-best 16 rebounds, six off the offensive glass, three blocks, two assists and a steal.

Lauri Markkanen completed with a season-best 21 factors on 7-for-19 taking pictures, including eight boards, a pair of steals and three swats of his personal.

After which there’s the precocious rookie from USC – Evan Mobley – who notched his third double-double of the season with 15 factors and 10 rebounds, going 7-of-15 from the ground to go along with three assists, two steals and a blocked shot.

All 5 Cavalier starters notched double-figures on Monday – with Collin Sexton ending with 17 factors, seven boards, two steals and a pair of assists and Darius Garland including 16 factors, 4 assists and three picks.

Cedi Osman, who led Cleveland with 20 factors off the bench on Saturday night time, stayed scorching – chipping in with 13 factors in aid in opposition to Charlotte, going 4-of-5 from deep for 13 factors. Ricky Rubio led the Wine & Gold with eight assists in 25 minutes of labor off the bench.

The Cavaliers held Charlotte – the league’s highest scoring staff at 118.6ppg – to 41 % taking pictures and 17 turnovers on Monday. As soon as once more, the Wine & Gold held a large free throw disparity within the win – going 26-of-38 from the road in comparison with 11-of-15 for the Hornets.

LaMelo Bell led all scorers with 30 factors on 12-of-22 taking pictures, together with 5-of-8 from deep. He and Youngstown native Terry Rozier – who completed with 23 on the night time – notched 13 factors within the fourth quarter.

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Darius Garland flips a go upstairs to Evan Mobley who catches and throws down a powerful dunk to complete off the ally-oop.


The Wine & Gold staved off a number of Charlotte runs on Monday – however stalling the Hornets momentum simply earlier than half – the place the Lakers and Suns stung them – may’ve been the most important.

The Cavs scored a season-high 40 factors within the first quarter and led by 19 after one. However Charlotte chipped away within the second interval and reduce Cleveland’s result in single-digits – 50-42 – with 6:31 to go earlier than half.

As a substitute of folding, the Cavaliers answered proper again, with Lauri Markkenen keying a 13-3 run to reply. Cleveland went into the locker room up 16 – 65-49 – and didn’t path the remainder of the way in which.


By the Numbers.436, .298 … taking pictures proportion and three-point proportion the Cavaliers have allowed groups to shoot on the five-game street journey – averaging 9.4 steals and 4.0 blocks whereas inflicting 18.0 turnovers per.


Jarrett Allen, on wrapping up the street journey in model …

”For those who take a look at Vegas, on paper, we in all probability weren’t purported to win quite a lot of video games. We didn’t let that get in the way in which of how we wished to play Cavs basketball. We’ve had some slip ups, however for us to finish the street journey on a excessive be aware, it’s a confidence enhance for us as a staff.”


The Wine & Gold return to the North Coast – however not for lengthy – after they welcome Damian Lillard and the Blazers to city of their homecoming on Wednesday night time. From there, they get proper again on the street – touring north to face the Raptors on Friday night time earlier than heading to Madison Sq. Backyard for a Sunday night time showdown with the Knicks.

The Cavs tip off a well-deserved four-game homestand after they return from New York – welcoming the Wizards and Pistons earlier than the Celtics roll in for 2 on Nov. 13 and 15.