Cavaliers hang on, knock out Kings for second time this season


January 10, 2022; Sacramento, California, United States; Cleveland Cavaliers center forward Evan Mobley (4) shoots the ball between Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III (35), center Alex Len (25) and forward Harrison Barnes (40) during the first quarter at the Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Evan Mobley broke a fourth quarter tie with two of his 17 points and added a three-point play shortly after Monday night as the Cleveland Cavaliers took a double-digit lead and held on to beat the host Sacramento Kings 109-108 in a two-team battle playing for a second straight night.

Kevin Love and Cedi Osman both came off the bench and scored 18 and 15 points, respectively, to complete Jarrett Allen’s 18s, Mobley’s 17s, Lauri Markkanen’s 15 and Darius Garland’s 12 for Cleveland. The Cavaliers were playing their third game in four nights to start a western swing and won two.

Tyrese Haliburton had a team record of 21 points and Buddy Hield 19 to beat the Kings, whose fifth straight loss was only decided when De’Aaron Fox missed the shot on a potential match-winning jumper shortly before the last horn.

After the Kings made up for a 12-point deficit midway through the third quarter to tie at 97 points on a 3-point Chimezie Metu with 5:41 remaining, Mobley immediately responded with his go-ahead hoop on a Garland’s help. to trigger a temporary withdrawal of the Cavaliers.

Garland buried a jumper, Allen slammed a dunk, Mobley added his three-point play and Markkanen hit a 3-point in a 12-2 flurry that apparently opened the game at 109-99 with just 2:34 to player.

But the Kings rallied, scoring a 3-pointer from Harrison Barnes, dunks Neemias Queta and Haliburton, and two free throws from Fox with 31.9 seconds left to get closer to 109-108.

Fox then stole the ball from Mobley, and after a timeout got a chance to be the hero, but missed the mark.

Allen tallied 17 rebounds, while Garland also posted a double-double with 11 assists for the Cavaliers, who swept their two-game streak with the Kings.

Barnes finished with 14 points, Metu 13, Fox 12 and Queta 11 for Sacramento, who used an accuracy of 14 for 30 on 3 points, including 5 for 8 by Hield, to give themselves a chance.

Haliburton led the Kings with eight assists, while Marvin Bagley III and Alex Len shared the team’s highest rebounding honors with 10.

With Mobley and Allen each hitting 8 of 14 from the floor, the Cavaliers topped hosts 49.4% to 42.9%.

–Field level media

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