Social Nav Bar Overrides - v2019

Body: 

Global Sub Nav - v2019

Body: 

Blank Spacer - 20px

Body: 

Cavs Throttle Hornets at The Q

Wine & Gold Dominate the Glass, Earn Second Win in Style
David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images

Wrap-Up -- The Cavaliers haven’t done much winning this season. But when they have, they’ve done so in style.

The Wine & Gold snapped their five-game skid in convincing fashion on Tuesday night – scoring a season-high 38 points in the opening period and never looking back – earning their second win of the season, a 113-89 blowout over Charlotte, to bring their average margin of victory this year to 23.0 points per.

With the win, the shorthanded Cavaliers also avenged a one-sided loss less than two weeks ago on Tobacco Road while extending Cleveland’s home dominance over the Hornets – having now won eight straight and 22 of the last 25 meetings at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Hornets were competitive for basically the first half of the first quarter before Cleveland began imposing its will. The Cavaliers took a double-digit lead seven minutes into the affair on Larry Nance Jr.’s three-pointer and Charlotte didn’t cut it to single figures at any point over the next three quarters.

In their second game together on the frontline, Nance and Tristan Thompson controlled the boards once again. Cleveland out-rebounded Charlotte, 60-37, with Thompson grabbing two more rebounds than the Hornets’ five starters put together.

Thompson has been sizzling over the past few games and did more blue-collar damage on Tuesday night – tying a career-high with 21 rebounds in just three quarters of work.

On the night, the longest-tenured Cavalier – and the squad’s emerging vocal leader – finished with 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting, grabbing eight of his 21 rebounds off the offensive glass while adding five assists in the win.

Jordan Clarkson has been outstanding off the bench all season – and he was that much better tonight. In 27 minutes of work, the fifth-year man from Missouri tallied a season-high 24 points, going 9-for-15 from the floor to go with five boards, a pair of assists and a block.

With the squad down to 10 healthy bodies for Tuesday’s matchup, Coach Larry Drew turned to David Nwaba – who answered assertively, finishing with a season-best 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting, including 2-of-2 from long-range, to go with five boards, a pair of assists and a steal.

Collin Sexton


Six Cavs score in double figures in squad's second win of the season.

As they were on Saturday night in Chicago, Cleveland’s starting backcourt duo of Rodney Hood and Collin Sexton were sharp again against Charlotte – each finishing with 16 points in the victory.

Sexton, looking more comfortable by the game, netted 16 points on 7-for-18 shooting, adding five boards and four helpers. Hood added 16 points of his own, going 7-of-12 from the field. The tandem combined to go 4-of-5 from long-range.

JR Smith rounded out the Cavaliers in double-figures with 13 points, drilling three of Cleveland’s 13 triples on the night.

Overall, the Wine & Gold shot season-highs from the floor (.549) and from long-range (.542) while also posting season-best marks on the defensive end – holding the Hornets to 35 percent shooting, including an 8-for-41 mark from deep.

As he did in the first meeting between these two teams, Jeremy Lamb led the Hornets – finishing with 22 points in the lopsided loss. Kemba Walker, who came into the contest as the Eastern Conference’s leading scorer, was held to just eight points on 2-for-16 shooting.

Turning Point -- The game began slipping away from the Hornets midway through the first quarter and the Wine & Gold barely let up from there. But Charlotte did attempt one final push in the fourth quarter.

Trailing by 19 heading into the final period, the Hornets proceeded to score the first seven points of the fourth – capped by Kemba Walker’s triple to get Charlotte to within a dozen, 88-76.

But the Cavaliers bounced right back, with Jordan Clarkson scoring the first seven points of a 9-0 run to put Cleveland up three touchdowns, which essentially sealed the deal.

By the Numbers.811 … Cavaliers all-time home winning percentage (43-10) against the Hornets.

QuotableCoach Larry Drew, on Tristan Thompson’s recent play and what it’s meant to the team …

"He has really been a workhorse these last few weeks, and tonight was no different. I thought he set the tone with his aggressiveness early – and I thought our guys fed off that."

Up Next -- After throttling the Hornets on Tuesday night at The Q, the Cavaliers complete their midweek back-to-back on Wednesday when they travel to the nation’s capital for a matchup with John Wall and the Washington Wizards. Following that, the Wine & Gold get a rare four-day break before traveling to Motown for a Monday night meeting with the Pistons. The Cavaliers then welcome the Los Angeles Lakers to town on Thanksgiving Eve before heading to Philly for a battle with the new-look Sixers.

Calls of the Game

#CavsHornets Postgame: David Nwaba

Cavaliers guard David Nwaba spoke with the media following Tuesday’s 113-89 win over the Charlotte Hornets at Quicken Loans Arena.

Cavaliers vs. Hornets - November 13, 2018

Scroll Video up Scroll Video down Scroll Video left Scroll Video right

#CavsHornets Postgame: David Nwaba

Cavaliers guard David Nwaba spoke with the media following Tuesday’s 113-89 win over the Charlotte Hornets at Quicken Loans Arena.
Nov 13, 2018  |  01:52

#CavsHornets Postgame: Tristan Thompson

Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson spoke with the media following Tuesday’s 113-89 win over the Charlotte Hornets at Quicken Loans Arena.
Nov 13, 2018  |  04:54

#CavsHornets Postgame: Larry Nance Jr.

Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. spoke with the media following Tuesday’s, 113-89, win over the Charlotte Hornets at Quicken Loans Arena.
Nov 13, 2018  |  04:15

#CavsHornets Postgame: Collin Sexton

Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton spoke with the media following Tuesday’s 113-89 win over the Charlotte Hornets at Quicken Loans Arena.
Nov 13, 2018  |  01:43

#CavsHornets On-Court Postgame: Tristan Thompson and Jordan Clarkson

Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson and guard Jordan Clarkson spoke with FOX Sports Ohio's Angel Gray Tuesday’s 113-89 win over the Charlotte Hornets at Quicken Loans Arena.
Nov 13, 2018  |  02:49

#CavsHornets Postgame: Jordan Clarkson

Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson spoke with the media following Tuesday’s 113-89 win over the Charlotte Hornets at Quicken Loans Arena.
Nov 13, 2018  |  03:15

#CavsHornets Postgame: Coach Drew

Cavaliers Head Coach Larry Drew spoke with the media following Tuesday’s 113-89 win over the Charlotte Hornets at Quicken Loans Arena.
Nov 13, 2018  |  07:51

GAME RECAP: Cavaliers 113, Hornets 89

Jordan Clarkson scores 24 points, Tristan Thompson ties a career-high 21 boards as the Cavaliers cruise past the Hornets, 113-89.
Nov 13, 2018  |  00:00

Featured Highlight: Nwaba Two-Hand Jams It

David Nwaba raises the roof with a big-time dunk in the first quarter against the Hornets.
Nov 13, 2018  |  00:13

Nwaba with the Hoop & the Harm

David Nwaba earns a tough and-one during the fourth quarter against the Charlotte Hornets.
Nov 13, 2018  |  00:09

Clarkson Says 'Get that Weak Stuff Outta Here'

Jordan Clarkson denies the Hornets down low during the second half of Tuesday night's game.
Nov 13, 2018  |  00:21

Swish Swipes Ball, Feeds Sexton for Layup

Swish pounces on a Charlotte mishap before feeding the ball to fellow guard, Collin Sexton, who knocks down the layup.
Nov 13, 2018  |  00:11

T.T. Works Hard to Finish Around the Basket

Tristan Thompson battles Hornets defenders in the paint before knocking down the basket in this ‘More Driven Highlight’ driven by Goodyear
Nov 13, 2018  |  00:20

Sexton Grabs Own Rebound, Hits Pretty Layup

Collin Sexton makes up for a miss by grabbing his own rebound and putting a little magic on his layup shot in the first quarter.
Nov 13, 2018  |  00:09

#CavsHornets Shootaround: Rodney Hood

Cavaliers guard Rodney Hood spoke with the media following Tuesday's shootaround at Cleveland Clinic Courts as the Wine & Gold prep for the Charlotte Hornets.
Nov 13, 2018  |  04:05

Cleveland City Court Timelapse at The Q

Check out this timelapse video of The Q transforming from the ice to the new Cleveland City Edition court that debuted this past Tuesday night.
Nov 13, 2018  |  04:22

BE THE FIGHT Against the Hornets

Join the Wine & Gold in their battle against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday, November 13. All fans will receive a jersey towel. For tickets visit Cavs.com/tickets.
Nov 13, 2018  |  00:30

The Making of the City Edition Court

Go behind-the-scenes and take an inside look into the making of the City Edition floor that made its debut last Tuesday night.
Nov 13, 2018  |  00:30

'It's About Getting Better Every Night.'

Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson spoke with the media following Monday's practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts as the Wine & Gold prep for the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday.
Nov 12, 2018  |  05:54

Coach Drew Checks In From Monday's Practice

Cavaliers Head Coach Larry Drew spoke with the media following Monday's practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts as the Wine & Gold prep for the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday.
Nov 12, 2018  |  09:20
NEXT UP:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter