The Cavaliers entered Tuesday night’s meeting at Quicken Loans Arena with the Atlanta Hawks as the only NBA team without a victory. A total team effort resulted in a 136-114 victory.
We finally grab the first W of the season on the back of an impressive offensive performance, 136-114 💪
Rodney Hood: 26pts, 3ast, 1reb, 3stl
Cedi Osman: 20pts, 5reb, 3ast, 1stl
Collin Sexton: 17pts, 8reb, 3ast, 1blk
George Hill: 17pts, 3ast, 2reb, 1stl pic.twitter.com/t69QG4SvrH
— Cavs Nation (@CavsNationNet) October 31, 2018
Cleveland used a late run in the second quarter to take a 58-57 lead into halftime. It is the first time this season the Cavaliers took a lead into intermission. The momentum carried over into the third quarter. As a result the wine and gold scored a season high for points in a quarter with 41. The Cavaliers outscored Atlanta 78-57 in the second half. Cleveland’s biggest lead of the night was 27 points.
Rodney Hood led the Cavaliers with a game high 26 points. Hood was perfect shooting the basketball from three point range, four-for-four.
Rodney Hood: 26 PTS
Cedi Osman: 20 PTS, 5 REB
George Hill: 17 PTS
Collin Sexton: 17 PTS, 8 REB pic.twitter.com/6eMtUVzRNk
— NBA (@NBA) October 31, 2018
All five Cavaliers starters finished in double figures in scoring. Cedi Osman recorded 20-points. George Hill had 17-points. Sam Dekker, who started for the injured Kevin Love, scored 12-points. Dekker also led the Cavaliers in assists with four. Tristan Thompson finished with eleven points. Thompson also led Cleveland in rebounds, 13 and steals with four.
Cleveland’s 22-point victory avenges the home opening loss to the Hawks just nine days ago. Atlanta beat the wine and gold 133-111 on October 21.
Cleveland’s next game is Thursday, November 1 against the Denver Nuggets. The Cavs wrap a three game homestand on Thursday night. Cleveland is now 1-6 on the young season.