Cavaliers Beat The Spurs 117-101: Game Recap 2/3/24

February 4, 2024

Andy Billman

Post-Game Recap

3 Notable Notes Around the Victory

1 – Marvelous Mitchell 

NBA all-star Donovan Mitchell is on fire! Mitchell with a team-high 31 points and eight assists.  Mitchell did a great job finding Jarrett Allen and the combination was unstoppable in the second half. 

2 – Double-double Allen 

Speaking of Jarrett Allen, Allen has a new double-double streak with an impressive 26 points and 16 rebounds. 

3 – Double-double Mobley 

Even with Mitchell and Allen, the star of the night for Cleveland can be argued for Evan Mobley, who had a double-double himself with 28 points and ten rebounds, including going three-for-three from deep. 

Game Recap

On Saturday night, Donovan Mitchell delivered an impressive 31-point performance, complemented by Evan Mobley’s 28 points and 10 rebounds, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a decisive 117-99 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

Jarrett Allen contributed significantly with 26 points and 16 rebounds, while Mitchell added eight rebounds and seven assists. This win marked Cleveland’s fifth consecutive victory and their 13th in 14 games.

In the final minute of the game, tensions escalated as Mitchell and San Antonio’s Zach Collins were ejected. This followed an incident where Mitchell retaliated by pushing Collins in the face and chest after taking an elbow to the head during a moving screen from the center.

Despite a notable performance from Victor Wembanyama, who recorded 19 points and 14 rebounds for San Antonio, the Spurs suffered their fourth consecutive loss and 10th defeat in the last 13 games, leaving them at the bottom of the Western Conference with a 10-40 record.

The Spurs struggled throughout the game, clearly impacted by playing the second night of a back-to-back and their fourth game in six nights. Their only lead, at 11-10, lasted a mere 33 seconds in the first quarter following a 15-foot jumper by Collins.

Cleveland dominated, leading by double digits throughout the second quarter and reaching a 60-40 advantage after Mitchell’s 3-pointer with 2:37 left in the first half.

The Cavaliers capitalized on their size advantage, particularly in the paint, with Mobley’s early dunk and Mitchell’s defensive efforts. Cleveland racked up 36 points in the paint during the first half, while San Antonio managed only 22.

Wembanyama showcased his skills with a couple of 3-pointers, including a step-back shot set up with a crossover dribble against Allen. However, the Spurs couldn’t overcome the Cavaliers’ dominance.

San Antonio concluded a challenging seven-game homestand and is set to embark on a challenging nine-game road trip starting in Miami on Wednesday.

Up Next

Host Sacramento Kings on Monday 2/5.

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