The Cavaliers are now 4-0 combined this season against the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.
After a 112-109 overtime victory over the Sixers Saturday night, Cleveland is now 2-0 against Philadelphia and 2-0 against Brooklyn. The Cavs once again proved that on their night, they can compete with the best teams in the NBA.
Cleveland got off to a good start, leading by as many as 13 in the second quarter. However, the Sixers got the lead down to single digits by halftime and came out hot in the third quarter. Philly took the lead early in the fourth, but the Cavs fought back and forced overtime.
In overtime, Darius Garland, who had struggled shooting for most of the night, took over. He scored three straight buckets in overtime to push Cleveland’s lead to five, and despite some mistakes down the stretch, the Cavs were able to hold on.
It was the Cavs young players who led the way against Philadelphia. Garland had 25 points and 9 assists, Collin Sexton had 28 points, and Isaac Okoro had possibly his best game as a Cavalier. Despite fouling out in overtime, the rookie tallied a career high 15 points, to go along with 8 rebounds, five of them offensive, 3 assists and 3 steals. He was also tasked with defending Ben Simmons for most of the night, and was up to the challenge.
The Cavs played one of their best defensive games of the season, holding the Sixers to just 92 points in regulation, the third lowest total Cleveland has allowed this season.
The Cavs are now 3-0 in overtime games this year, which is an encouraging sign, as closing games is one of the key skills that a young team needs to learn.
Up Next: The Cavs are back in action on Monday on the road against the 11-20 Houston Rockets. Tipoff is at 9 p.m.