Cavaliers win second straight, stunning Rockets 117-108
BY STONE LEXINGTON
CAVALIERS BEAT WRITER
(CLEVELAND, OH) - Saturday night in Quicken Loans Arena, the Cleveland Cavaliers attempted to do something they haven’t been able to accomplish this season — win back-to-back games. Mission accomplished, as the Cavs stunned the Rockets 117-108 in The Q.
“I think we’re starting to find some sort of a chemistry,” Cavs interim head coach Larry Drew said. “To me, our players look like they’re starting to kind of figure it out.”
The Cavs made their biggest run of the game in the third quarter. Holding a slim 75-71 lead with 6:24 to play in the period, the Cavs immediately put together a 10-0 run, capped by a Colin Sexton layup that gave Cleveland an 85-71 lead with 3:12 remaining in the quarter. The Cavs led 93-83 when the third quarter ended, but have struggled closing games this season.
“There are some games that we probably could have, had we made a play or two down the stretch, we might of came away with wins,” Drew said.
On Saturday, the Cavs closed and never allowed Houston get closer than a four-point deficit in the fourth.
“You have to play hard every single night to give yourself a chance No. 1, but it really comes down to making plays down the stretch,” Drew said.
Cavs rookie Colin Sexton had his best game as pro, scoring a career-high 29 points. Meanwhile, Cavs center Tristan Thompson was a monster on boards, pulling down 19 rebounds to go with his 16 points.
The Cavs were competitive with the favored Rockets from the opening tip. Cleveland jumped out to an early 8-2 lead and only trailed by a point, 30-29, when the first quarter ended. In the second quarter, the Cavs made their charge and took a 63-58 lead into halftime.
The Cavs did their best to bottle up James Harden with Chris Paul missing the game for rest reasons, which is a near impossible task for any team. Harden finished with 40 points and 13 assists on Saturday against the Cavs. When asked what the Cavs strategy was against Harden, Drew said, “Just hope he misses. He’s good, he’s really good.”
The Cavs will host some more good players on Monday, as they welcome the Minnesota Timberwolves to town..
POSTED 11/24/2018 23:22