Cavaliers Beat the Grizzlies 110-98: Game Recap 4/10/24

April 10, 2024

Andy Billman

Post-Game Recap

3 Notes Around the Loss

1 – Marvelous Mitchell!

What a big night for Donovan Mitchell, who scored a team-high 29 points after missing the last game against the Clippers.

2 – LeVert

Caris LeVert has been a roll lately, scoring 18 in back-to-back games, and LeVert had 21 against the Lakers.  

3 – Merrill out

Sam Merrill was out on Wednesday with a neck issue

Game Recap

On Wednesday night, Donovan Mitchell led the charge with 29 points, complemented by Jarrett Allen’s double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, propelling the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 110-98 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Despite Mitchell’s persistent left knee soreness over the past two months, he showcased his prowess with eight assists in only his 10th game since mid-February. Despite recent struggles, the Cavaliers maintain a solid position, currently sitting fourth in the Eastern Conference.

With just one more win, Cleveland can secure a top-six finish and clinch their second consecutive playoff appearance. They have two opportunities ahead, facing Indiana on Friday and Charlotte on Sunday, both games taking place at home.

Memphis, plagued by injuries throughout the season and forced to utilize a league-record 33 players, saw Jake LaRavia shine with a career-high 32 points, including eight 3-pointers. GG Jackson II contributed 22 points, while Scotty Pippen Jr. added 18 points and six assists. However, the absence of key players like Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Marcus Smart, and Jaren Jackson Jr. due to injuries hampered the Grizzlies’ efforts. They dressed a minimum of eight players for the game.

Darius Garland chipped in 16 points and nine assists for the Cavaliers, supported by Evan Mobley’s impressive stat line of 12 points, 12 rebounds, three steals, and four blocked shots. Cleveland managed to secure the win despite a challenging previous game where they squandered a 26-point lead against the Los Angeles Clippers, ultimately losing 120-118.

The turning point came midway through the third quarter when Mitchell set up Allen for a crucial three-point play, giving Cleveland a 62-59 lead, which they never relinquished. Allen’s performance was particularly notable, scoring 12 points and converting all five of his field goal attempts in the period. Despite trailing 51-48 at halftime, fueled by LaRavia’s stellar shooting, the Grizzlies couldn’t maintain their momentum against Cleveland’s determined efforts.

Up Next

Host Indiana on Friday night.

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