Cavaliers stop 10-game losing streak with 112-111 thriller over Hawks

Lamar Stevens sealed the Cavs win with a dunk (Penn State photo)

*Cavaliers would snap their 10-game streak on a Lamar Stevens dunk in the game’s final seconds on February 23.

*Cleveland scored the game’s final five points, including the dunk by Cleveland’s undrafted rookie, to take the 112-111 victory on Tuesday night at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

*The Cavaliers trailed by five with 3:15 to play, but squeezed the Hawks down the stretch – with Collin Sexton’s bank shot getting Cleveland to within one, 111-110, with just over a minute to play.

*On Cleveland’s last possession, Sexton fed a streaking Stevens – who used a nice Jarrett Allen screen to get directly to the basket, dunking home the two-handed game-winner with 4.1 to play.

*Overall, the Cavs bench was the key to the win, finishing with 39 points on a combined 15-for-23 shooting.

*As a team, Cleveland shot 53 percent from the floor, including 54 percent (15-of-28) from beyond the arc.

*Head coach J.B. Bickerstaff, shorthanded once again, gave reserve forward Dean Wade his first start of the season. Wade responded with a solid 21-minute effort – finishing with five points, two boards and two blocks.

*Sexton topped the 20-point mark in his sixth straight outing – leading both squads with 29 points on 9-of-16 shooting, including 3-of-5 from long-range and 8-of-10 from the stripe, adding five assists and a steal.

*Garland followed up with 17 points in the win – going 7-of-19 from the floor to go with a team-high eight assists and a pair of steals.

*G/F Dylan Windler had easily his best game as a pro, drilling all five triples he attempted off the bench – going 5-for-6 from the floor overall to finish with 15 points and five boards.

*C Jarrett Allen doubled-up in his fifth straight game, sixth in his last seven, finishing with 13 points and a team-high 14 boards, adding a game-high four blocks.

Collin Sexton led the Cavs with 29 points.
2018 photo By Erik Drost, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

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