The Cleveland Cavaliers had to roll out their eighth different starting lineup in 9 games, and they still came up with a huge 94-90 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night in Memphis.
The Cavs are depleted by injuries, and leading scorer on the season, Collin Sexton, missed the first game of his NBA career thus far. After being listed as questionable, the left ankle sprain forced him to sit out, while Damyean Dotson started in his place.
The Cavs’ three-point shooting and defense was critical in this win. They shot 43.3% from beyond the arc, and forced Memphis to shoot 43.4% from the field and forced 18 turnovers. After two straight losses and all the key players missing due to injury, the Cavs were still able to secure this win.
Isaac Okoro had the two biggest plays of the game, and possibly of his young career. With 33 seconds left he had a chase down block on Tyus Jones, and then on the other end he had a dunk with 10 seconds remaining.
Andre Drummond and Larry Nance Jr. came alive in the second half. Drummond was the leading scorer with 22 points and 15 rebounds, and extended his double-double streak to nine games. Nance was all over the court with 18 points on 7-7 from the field and 4-4 from deep, and 3 steals. Cedi Osman was the primary ball handler for most of the game, and pitched in 16 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds.
Next Up: The Cavs will travel to Milwaukee to conclude their six-game road trip, as they will face off against the Bucks. Tipoff is at 8 p.m.