Cavaliers Beat the Hawks 127-119: Game Recap 12/16/23

December 16, 2023

Andy Billman

Post-Game Recap


3 Key Factors Around the Victory

1 – Starters step up

The Cleveland Cavaliers starters all ended up with double-digit scoring.  In particular, Jarrett Allen had a big night, scoring a team-high 25 points and shooting 12 for 14 from the floor.

2 – Rebounds

Speaking of Allen, he also had a team-high 14 rebounds as the Cavs outrebounded the Hawks by 15 in this game. It made a big difference as the Hawks on offense were held to only one shot on most possessions because of the lack of boards.

3 – Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell also stepped up in a big way, playing 41 minutes, and when the Hawks cut the lead to seven in the 4th quarter, Mitchell made two big threes to put the Cavs up by 13. 


Game Summary

On Saturday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers secured a 127-119 victory against the Atlanta Hawks, with Jarrett Allen contributing 25 points and 14 rebounds, while Donovan Mitchell showcased an impressive performance with 22 points and a career-high 13 assists.

Despite the absence of starting power forward Evan Mobley and former All-Star point guard Darius Garland, both expected to be sidelined until February due to injuries, the Cavaliers dominated the first half, establishing a commanding 23-point lead. This win marked the end of Cleveland’s three-game losing streak.

Mobley, averaging 16.0 points and 10.5 rebounds, is set to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Monday, while Garland will undergo a procedure to repair his broken jaw sustained in a collision with Boston’s Kristaps Porzingis on Thursday night.

In a standout performance, Trae Young led the charge for the Hawks with 35 points and 10 assists, supported by Dejounte Murray’s 21 points. Despite the return of De’Andre Hunter, who contributed 18 points after a three-game absence due to right knee discomfort, the Hawks have struggled, losing six of their last seven games.

Jarrett Allen dominated the first quarter with a career-high 17 points, taking advantage of the absence of Hawks center Clint Capela, who missed his first game of the season with left knee soreness. Isaac Okoro (18 points) and Dean Wade (16 points) stepped up in the starting lineup for Cleveland, helping the team score a season-high 41 points in the first quarter. Caris LeVert added 14 points off the bench.

Although Atlanta made a push in the fourth quarter, narrowing the gap to 96-90 with a Trae Young 3-pointer, Donovan Mitchell responded with consecutive 3-pointers, extending Cleveland’s lead to 107-94.

Notably, Atlanta’s Bogdan Bogdanovic, who sprained his right ankle the previous night in a win against Toronto, sat out for the first time this season.

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