OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Collin Sexton scored 27 factors and the Cleveland Cavaliers ended a five-game collection shedding streak to Oklahoma Metropolis, beating the Thunder 129-102 on Thursday night time.
Taurean Prince scored 22 factors, Darius Garland added 21 and Kevin Love had 18 factors and 11 rebounds for Cleveland. The Cavaliers broke open a good sport with an 11-Zero run to start the second half.
The Cavaliers closed a stretch during which they performed seven of eight video games away from residence with consecutive wins at San Antonio and Oklahoma Metropolis, the primary time they’ve gained two straight since street wins beating Philadelphia on Feb. 27 and Houston on March 1.
Cleveland had assists on 35 of its 48 baskets, one thing that happy coach J.B. Bickerstaff immensely.
“That’s excellent,” Bickerstaff mentioned. “That’s ball motion. That’s execution. That’s unselfish play. It took us a minute to get there however defensively, I assumed we have been actually good the final three quarters.
“It was concerning the effort. It was about being in the correct spots. It was nearly executing our system time and again and never fascinated about the opponent. It’s ‘What are we doing once we’re enjoying effectively?’ I don’t assume we did that till the second half.”
Ty Jerome led the Thunder with a career-high 23 factors. They’ve misplaced 5 straight and eight of their final 9. The shedding streak is Oklahoma Metropolis’s longest since early within the 2014-15 season, when the Thunder dropped six straight video games. Oklahoma Metropolis suited up solely 9 gamers towards Cleveland.
Cleveland led 65-61 after a wild first half that included 13 lead adjustments and eight ties. The Cavaliers held Oklahoma Metropolis scoreless for practically 4 minutes to begin the second half and went up 76-61 on a 3-pointer by Love.
The Cavaliers’ lead by no means fell beneath double digits after that. They have been up 93-75 getting into the fourth quarter and led by as many as 29 factors.
“They clearly got here out at halftime able to go, far more so than us,” Oklahoma Metropolis coach Mark Daigneault mentioned. “That’s after they opened the sport up … they usually sustained it and constructed on it as the sport went on. I assumed they only type of wore us down.”
Theo Maledon scored 14 factors, and Moses Brown had 13 for Oklahoma Metropolis.
Larry Nance Jr. missed a fifth straight sport for Cleveland with a mysterious sickness that the staff has mentioned shouldn’t be linked with COVID-19. Bickerstaff mentioned Nance has misplaced practically 20 kilos however that the participant is making progress, though there isn’t but a timetable for his return.
“I attempt to go away the medical conversations to the consultants, however from what I perceive, my conversations, he’s feeling higher, he’s progressing,” Bickerstaff mentioned.
Cavaliers: Cleveland’s most up-to-date win over Oklahoma Metropolis earlier than Thursday got here on Feb. 13, 2018 … Matthew Dellavedova had a season-high seven assists and since making his season debut on April 1, he has 22 assists and no turnovers … Sexton had his 34th sport this season of 20 or extra factors, tying his profession finest for such video games in a season, set in 2019-20.
Thunder: Main scorer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed his sixth straight sport with plantar fasciitis in proper foot … Oklahoma Metropolis dedicated 18 turnovers that led to 24 factors for Cleveland … The Thunder scored 14 third-quarter factors, their third-lowest whole in that quarter this season.
Cavaliers: Host Toronto on Saturday.
Thunder: Host Philadelphia on Saturday.