A hard fought game ends in disappointment for the Cavs tonight against the leagues hottest team in the Memphis Grizzlies. The Cavaliers rallied back from a 19 point deficit in the 2nd quarter and then it was back and fourth down the stretch with the Cavs having a chance to win in their final possession. However, Memphis and their top ranked defense forced Darius Garland to launch a wild 3 pointer which was blocked, and the Grizzlies escaped with a 115-114 win.
The Cavs were without Donovan Mitchell(groin) tonight, but had plenty of players step up to fill the stat sheet in his absence. Darius Garland led the way with 24 points, Caris LeVert added 23, and Evan Mobley with a strong performance scoring 18 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Isaac Okoro also shined as a starter tonight scoring 17 points going 6 of 6 from the field.
The Cavs now 28-18 on the season with a record of 9-14 on the road. Next up will be a battle with the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors Friday night at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. On the other side, Memphis improves to a Western Conference best 31-13 tying a franchise record with their 11th straight win.