Cleveland – The Cleveland Cavaliers had a massive start against the Kings at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Saturday night, and although the game snagged them in the second half, the Cavs maintained their lead and took another win, beating Sacramento 117-103.
In the first half alone, the Cleveland team put up 81 points. Yes, you read that right, 81 points in the first half.
The 81-point first inning tied the Cleveland’s record for most points ever in the first inning, set in 2016 against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Isaac Okoro scored 15 points in the first half, while Evan Mobley and Darius Garland each scored 12 points and Garland also had eight assists. Off the bench, Sidi Othman put 18 points in the first half.
But the second half was a different story. Over the last two quarters, the Cleveland team put in only 36 points. It was the opposite of what happened in the first half, but coach JB Bickerstaff took responsibility for the fall.
“The guys did a great job saving me,” Bickerstaff said. “My job is to keep the ship and not add to the problem, and that’s on me.”
Mobley finished the night in a Double-Double, putting in 15 points and 15 rebounds plus a block. Jarrett Allen joined the block party on Saturday as well, ending his night with three blocks and a double with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Garland finished the night with a double, scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds, plus a block and three steals. Okoro put 20 points and stole twice while Kevin Love scored 11 points and Osman 18 points and a block, and Ricky Rubio scored 15 points and scored 3 balls.
Bickerstaff said Friday that the team is still learning how to play disciplined, intentional basketball and maintain the lead, as successful, dominant teams do — and on Saturday, the team received another tough lesson in making it happen.
The young team is still on its growing pains but has done well throughout the season learning from its mistakes – so the second half of Friday’s game will be something the Cavs are assessing for better next game.
The Cleveland hosts the Miami Heat on Monday inside Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse as they look to push their winning streak to four. Tip off at 7 pm
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