The Cleveland Cavaliers have ended the ten game losing streak in dramatic fashion. Lamar Stevens threw down the game clinching dunk with 4.1 seconds remaining to secure the 112-111 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.
Lamar Stevens posted a +12 for the night, which was the highest of any Cavalier. He threw down two thunderous dunks in the first half to provide a much needed spark when the Cavs were struggling to find a rhythm. It was only fitting that the game was won on another Lamar Stevens dunk.
The bench was the story all night long, with Cedi Osman moving back to his role as 6th man and hitting timely three-pointers. Osman was 0-8 from deep against the Thunder, and bounced back with 11 points on 3-7 from deep in tonight’s win.
Dylan Windler had a career high 15 points on 5-5 from deep. He came up huge in the fourth quarter with clutch threes to keep the Cavs hopes alive, when it seemed no one else could.
The Cavs continue to give the rookie, Isaac Okoro, the toughest defensive assignments. He has guarded everyone from LeBron James to Trae Young. Okoro is up to the task night in and night out, and forced Young to turn it over five times and shoot 9-27.
Darius Garland struggled to score in the first half, but he didn’t let that deter him from being aggressive. He has come a long way with his aggressiveness and maturity. On a night when he started 0-5, he continued to attack and put pressure on the defense. Last season he would have disappeared after a start like that. Even though his shot wasn’t falling in the first half, it was encouraging to see Garland continue to attack and finish the game with 17 points and eight assists.
Up Next: The Cavs will have a quick turnaround and will host the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.