Thunder vs Cavaliers – Game Recap – January 22, 2022

CLEVELAND — — Darius Garland had 23 points and 11 assists, and rookie Evan Mobley had a season-high 15 points and 17 rebounds to power the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Oklahoma City Thunder 94-87 on Saturday night.

Jarrett Allen added 14 points and 13 rebounds for Cleveland, which built a 74-57 lead in the third quarter and never allowed the Thunder to get closer than six points in the fourth. The Cavaliers have won six of their last seven games.

“We just came out and fought like dogs,” Mobley said. “That’s what we have to do. Me being in an offensive mood, it’s natural. We try to dominate the paint and play our brand of basketball, and we did.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led Oklahoma City across the board with 29 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Kenrich Williams scored 12 points and Luguentz Dort scored 10 points before being sent off for elbowing Kevin Love in the head.

Mobley, USC’s third draft pick, has nine double-doubles in 39 professional games. Garland had his sixth double-double in the past seven games and is averaging 21.0 points and 12.3 assists in that span.

Cedi Osman had 10 points off the bench for the Cavaliers, who went 18 of 35 from the foul line and missed 21 of 27 3-point attempts. They also lost forward Lauri Markkanen to a sprained right ankle in the second quarter.

“We’ll get the win, but it was a disappointing game for us,” Cleveland coach JB Bickerstaff said. “Hopefully it won’t be too long before Lauri comes back with us. It’s over now and we won, but we can’t afford to play this way. We didn’t play well. »

Dort received a flagrant 2 for hitting Love after the whistle on a loose ball rush. Love received a personal foul before absorbing the elbow.

“If you look at what constitutes a blatant 2, I don’t know if it was that malicious,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. “I thought he was trying to snatch the ball from Garland and he caught Love high.”

The Thunder, who have wrapped up a four-game road trip, have lost five straight and 10 of their last 11 games. Oklahoma City starting box Dort, Darius Bazley and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl shot a total of 5 for 25 from the field.

“We now have a target on our backs,” Garland said. “Everyone wants to beat us so we have to play the full 48 minutes. The coach let us know after the game because we let it down a bit.

LATE ARRIVAL

The Thunder didn’t check into their downtown Cleveland hotel until 8 a.m. due to winter travel delays in Charlotte after their 121-98 loss to the Hornets on Friday.

The Oklahoma City team bus got stuck on an icy road en route to the airport, forcing several members of its traveling party to disembark to help get it to safety. The Thunder also had to change planes at 5 a.m.

“It was exhausting for the guys, but these experiences are a little unifying, said Daigneault. “When we got off the hotel elevator, people were already having breakfast, which added to the time we tried to get here.”

ADVICE

Thunder: Oklahoma City is guaranteed to end January with a losing record, marking the eighth straight month it has done so. … Rookie G Vit Krejci (sprained right ankle), who scored two points in nine minutes this season, missed his fifth straight game. … G Theo Maledon, C Aleksej Pokusevski and C Isaiah Roby are on assignment in the G League with the Oklahoma City Blue, with two-way G Paul Watson. … The Thunder lost at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse for the first time since Jan. 29, 2017.

Cavaliers: G Rajon Rondo (right hamstring pain) has missed his sixth straight game. Rondo has only appeared in three games since being acquired from the Lakers in a three-team trade on Jan. 3. … G Lamar Stevens (left knee pain), who started seven straight games before being injured at Oklahoma City on Jan. 1. 15 years old, back from a two-game absence.

FOLLOWING

Thunder: Host Chicago Wednesday night.

Cavaliers: Host New York on Monday night.

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