The Cleveland Cavaliers, facing the absence of star guard Donovan Mitchell and other key players, demonstrated remarkable resilience in their recent game against the Dallas Mavericks. The Cavs rallied from a 20-point deficit in the first half to secure a thrilling 113-110 victory on Wednesday night.
This win highlighted the team's ability to find ways to triumph despite being short-handed.
Jarrett Allen, a central figure in this resurgence, noted the team's determination: “As long as we can hold down the fort until we get healthy again, that’s what we’re looking forward to.The Cavs have improved to 3-1 in the four consecutive games that Mitchell has missed due to illness.
You can’t just discount this team. We’re going to step to every single matchup and give it our all”.
Key Contributions Lead to Victory
Caris LeVert emerged as a crucial contributor, scoring 29 points, including a pivotal go-ahead 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter.
LeVert's performance was particularly notable given he missed the previous game with a knee injury, and he delivered 15 points in the fourth quarter alone. Allen himself had an impressive night with 24 points and 23 rebounds, just one short of his career-high, while Isaac Okoro added 22 points.
Despite missing Darius Garland and Evan Mobley due to injuries, the Cavs have shown remarkable depth, going 5-1 since a three-game losing streak.
Struggles and Strategy for the Mavericks
The Mavericks, led by Luka Doncic with 39 points, struggled in the final quarter, going five minutes without scoring.
This drought allowed the Cavaliers to turn a nine-point deficit into a six-point lead. Doncic's effort was noteworthy as he reached at least 30 points for the 14th time in 15 games. However, the absence of Kyrie Irving due to injury and strategic resting of Doncic in the fourth quarter impacted the Mavericks' rhythm.
Dallas coach Jason Kidd reflected on the missed opportunities: “We got some good looks… They just didn’t go down for us”. In the closing moments, the Mavericks had a chance to tie the game, but Cleveland's effective defense and a crucial block by Max Strus on Curry's final 3-pointer attempt sealed the win for the Cavaliers.