The Cleveland Cavaliers are just about to start a four-game road trip that has them playing the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, and Boston Celtics twice.
On Wednesday night, they scored an impressive and inspiring victory before their trip began, as they took down the Magic 121-111.
Following the game, Max Strus told Spencer Davies that the win was a moral victory and hopefully the start of something special.
He noted that the Magic began to make things close in the third quarter but that his team figured out how to slow them down and that the Cavaliers “grew up a little bit” during the game.
— Spencer Davies (@SpinDavies) December 7, 2023
Following the win over Orlando, the Cavaliers now have a 12-9 record and are the eighth team in the Eastern Conference.
Their triumph against the Magic was the result of the whole team working well as a unit.
Donovan Mitchell led the way with 35 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists, while Darius Garland posted 26 points and 9 assists.
Strus pitched in with 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists, while Evan Mobley posted 16 points and 5 rebounds.
Jarrett Allen’s 11 rebounds and 8 points also really helped lift the Cavaliers.
The Magic are better than they have been in years, currently holding the third seed in the East with a 14-7 record.
They are known for their lightning-fast speed as well as their suffocating defense, but the Cavaliers were able to move past all of that on Wednesday.
The Cavaliers have now won four of their last five games, which is a very encouraging sign for the fans who have been waiting and hoping for them to put together a long string of wins.
Is Strus right and did the team grow up on Wednesday?
If so, what’s next for the Cavaliers?