The Cleveland Cavaliers pulled off an impressive, commanding win over the Miami Heat on Sunday night, taking down their Eastern Conference rivals 113-87 who were lacking their biggest star, Jimmy Butler.
It was a good showing for the Cavs, especially following the little rough patch they were in last week that saw them losing multiple games back-to-back.
Multiple stars were doing great work on Sunday, but one rose above the rest – again.
Darius Garland tonight:
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Darius Garland was shining bright, which was no surprise.
He was good for 25 points, 7 assists, and 2 rebounds while shooting 58% from the field, nailing 3 of his 7 three-pointers, and sinking all 7 free throws.
It was a strong showing, no doubt about that.
But it was also just another example of the stellar season that Garland is having so far.
Garland’s Growing Game
Garland earned his first All-Star appearance last season when he was averaging 21.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 8.6 assists.
This season, Garland is producing 23.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 7.7 assists.
In many ways, he has stepped up and looks and acts like more of a team leader for his surging Cavaliers squad.
Indeed, they are a major part of the team’s success.
But it’s Garland’s speed and ability to move past so many defenders that makes him rise above the rest at times.
When Garland gets going, he feels impossible to slow down and it’s as if no defender can stop him.
He also perfectly compliments the play style of Donovan Mitchell, which will be vital in the weeks and months ahead if Cleveland wish to finally make the playoffs in a big way again.