SAN ANTONIO — The Cleveland Cavaliers discovered a helpful lesson Friday evening as they beat the San Antonio Spurs on the street, 114-109. Whereas the Spurs are a struggling workforce that entered the sport with a 15-26 file, it was the style by which the Cavs gained that made it so vital.
One of many focuses of the Cavs this season is studying easy methods to shut out video games and get a victory. For reference of how shut the sport Friday was, it was a one-possession recreation with 5 seconds left on the clock.
Head coach J.B. Bickerstaff has beforehand mentioned that the workforce remains to be studying easy methods to play disciplined, purposed basketball and preserve a lead, like profitable, dominant groups do. Whereas the Cavs definitely have proven their means to play arduous by a complete contest, Friday’s recreation was a pleasant lesson in consistency for the workforce, led partly by Darius Garland.
Garland put up 32 factors, eight assists 4 rebounds a block and a steal—following up his final recreation on Wednesday the place he recorded his first profession triple-double with one other spectacular outing.
“It was simply play after play that he made, the braveness to maintain the ball in his hand and to go search the ball out and go make that play,” Bickerstaff mentioned of Garland. “We have absolute belief in him and his job is to go end for us.”
Additionally serving to the Cavs offensively was Jarrett Allen, who put up 17 factors with 16 rebounds in addition to Evan Mobley with 15 factors and 6 rebounds. Cedi Osman assisted off the bench with 14 factors of his personal.
Whereas the Cavs had success offensively for a lot of the sport (apart from the free throw capturing, which was a dismal 14-24), down the stretch issues acquired dicey.
“I believed there have been issues we might have performed higher offensively down that stretch,” Bickerstaff mentioned, however added that the blokes stepped up on protection in a giant method, serving to to seal the win.
Allen mentioned the workforce is getting again to their strengths—like getting stops and defending the rim—and taking away classes from every recreation they play so as to make them stronger because the season goes on.
“Each single recreation there’s a sure studying expertise we will take away from the sport,” Allen mentioned. “We’re taking issues from video games the place we have to be taught one thing and making use of it to our subsequent one.”
The Cavs have now gained 4 of their 5 street video games on their present journey with one recreation left towards the Thunder on the schedule earlier than returning dwelling. Cavs tip off in Oklahoma Metropolis at 8 p.m. Saturday.
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