Now THAT’S how you do a homestand.
After playing six of their first eight games this month on the road, the Wine and Gold returned for a four-game homestand – and proceeded to run the table, winning every game by double-figures and capping the extended stay with a 114-96 victory over the Blazers on Thanksgiving eve at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
After taking a double-overtime thriller over Charlotte last Friday night, the Cavaliers have been essentially in charge throughout the final three games of the four-game streak – and that was the case again on Wednesday – taking the lead with just under two minutes in the first quarter and opening their edge from there.
The Cavaliers are now 8-1 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, their best start at home since the 2016-17 season, and their four-game sweep of the homestand is their longest home winning stretch since 2018.
Portland – playing without an injured Damian Lillard – got to within single-figures just once, briefly, in the fourth quarter before the Cavs blew things open, with J.B. Bickerstaff emptying his bench up 17 with less than two minutes to play.
Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland – the league’s highest-scoring backcourt duo – did what they’ve done through the entire homestand, leading the way on Wednesday.
Mitchell notched his 10th game of 30-plus in just 16 games as a Cavalier, leading the way with 34 points on 11-of-18 shooting, including 6-of-10 from deep and 6-of-7 from the line.
Garland was outstanding as well, finishing with 24 points and a game-high 12 assists, going 9-of-19 from the floor, including 4-of-9 from long-range.
Jarrett Allen doubled-up for the ninth time this season and missed just two shots in the process – tallying 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting, leading both teams with 13 boards, adding a pair of assists and a steal.
Evan Mobley notched his third double-double in four outings – finishing with 10 points, 12 rebounds and a team-high three blocks. Lamar Stevens rounded out the Cavaliers in double-figures with 12 points on an efficient 3-of-5 from the floor and 5-of-5 from the line.
Three Blazers finished with 20-plus – led by Jusuf Nurkic, with 20 points, Jerami Grant with 21 and Anfernee Simons pitching in with 20 points in the loss.
FEAT. HIGHLIGHT: DG Feed to Allen Who Slams One Down
DG to Allen Dunk
This one was more like a death-by-a-thousand-cuts loss for the Blazers – who clawed hard without their six-time All-Star, but still dropped their fourth straight to a Cavaliers team that’s now beaten teams by an average of 16.5 points per over their four-game run.
Cleveland led by double-digits on and off throughout the night, but put the hammer down to start the fourth quarter.
Leading by a dozen to start the period, Darius Garland started the scoring with a three-pointer, followed by another bomb two minutes later. Dean Wade scored on a layup with 7:27 to play to cap a 10-2 run, putting the Cavaliers up 20 and into the driver’s seat for good.
BY THE NUMBERS
56.5, 13.8 … combined points and assists that Darius Garland and Donovan Mitchell are averaging during the Cavaliers four-game win streak, shooting 55 percent (79-of-145) from the floor and 44 percent (27-of-62) from long-distance over that stretch.
CALLS OF THE GAME
Enjoy the best broadcast calls of the night from Cavaliers Radio Network's Tim Alcorn.
After wrapping up an undefeated homestand, the Cavaliers return to the place where they took their last loss – traveling to Milwaukee on the day after Thanksgiving for a rematch with Giannis and the Bucks.
From there, it’s their second stops this season in Detroit, facing the Pistons on Sunday before traveling to Toronto for a Monday night rematch with the Raptors. The Cavs close out the month of November next Wednesday night at home when they welcome the Sixers to town.