The Cleveland Cavaliers have been struggling on the road this season, but on Wednesday, they took a step towards improving in that department by defeating Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks, 105-90.
The Mavs aren’t a contender by any stretch, but they aren’t an easy team to beat on any given night, as Doncic is one of a handful of NBA players who can single-handedly lead his team to victory.
It wasn’t the prettiest of wins, but Cleveland managed to shoot 52.6 percent, and forward Lamar Stevens showed spark by going 8-of-15 from the field and finishing with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Fans are grateful the team got a much-needed win away from Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.
— Evan Mobley is the GOAT (18-11)🇫🇷 (@dylan__CLE) December 15, 2022
Donovan Mitchell was his usual splendid self, scoring 34 points on 13-of-20 shooting overall and 6-of-9 from 3-point range to lead the way for the Cavs.
Donovan Mitchell wants the MVP. #LetEmKnow
— Nick Pedone (@NickPedone12) December 15, 2022
Unfortunately, Darius Garland continued to struggle offensively, going just 4-of-11 and scoring 12 points, and fans are frustrated with him.
one season wonder #cavs
— Drew (@cavaliers250) December 15, 2022
I swear Darius Garland is a bum 🤦🏻♂️
— Jon Boy (@jonstaylit) December 15, 2022
Seriously, what is wrong with Darius Garland ???? This is getting unnerving…@cavs
— North Beach Talent (@NrthBeachTalent) December 15, 2022
An Impressive Win
Defensively, the Cavs got the job done, holding Dallas to 39.2 percent shooting and Doncic to 9-of-23 shooting from the field.
Doncic was able to reach 30 points, but it was an inefficient 30 points.
Cleveland is now 18-11 on the season, and Wednesday’s victory gives it some breathing room over the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference.
The team will now have a prime opportunity to put even more distance between it and the Nets and Sixers, as each of its next six games and eight of its next 10 will be at home.
The Cavs are tied for the NBA’s best home record at 12-2.