Cavaliers Beat The Nets 118-95: Game Recap 2/8/24

February 8, 2024

Andy Billman

Post-Game Recap

3 Notable Notes Around the Victory

1 – 21 – 0

The Cavs were in a tight game going into the second half and ended any doubt very early on with a 21-0 run to start the 3rd quarter.  

2 – Marvelous Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell had another outstanding game for Cleveland, shooting over 50% from the field with a team-high 27 points. 

3 – Double-Double

Both Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen had double-doubles, with Mobley scoring 14 with twelve boards and Allen with ten rebounds and 14 points

Game Recap

On Thursday night, Donovan Mitchell’s 27-point performance propelled the Cleveland Cavaliers to a dominant 118-95 victory over the depleted Brooklyn Nets, marking their eighth consecutive win and 16th triumph in 17 games.

Evan Mobley showcased his versatility with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Jarrett Allen contributed a double-double of his own with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Darius Garland also chipped in with 14 points, showcasing Cleveland’s balanced offensive attack. The Cavaliers displayed efficient shooting, connecting on 53% of their field goal attempts, and controlled the boards with a commanding 45-33 rebounding advantage.

Despite a valiant effort from Mikal Bridges, who led the Nets with 26 points, Brooklyn suffered its third consecutive defeat. Cam Thomas provided support with 17 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Cleveland’s relentless performance.

The Nets made significant moves at the trade deadline, parting ways with Spencer Dinwiddie in exchange for Dennis Schroder and Thaddeus Young from Toronto, and sending Royce O’Neale to Phoenix for Keita Bates-Diop, Jordan Goodwin, and two second-round picks. Additionally, they acquired the rights to Vanja Marinkovic from Memphis, indicating a strategic shift in their roster composition.

Tensions flared in the game when Ben Simmons of the Nets shoved Jarrett Allen to the floor, prompting a retaliatory response from Allen towards Simmons, resulting in both players receiving technical fouls. The incident seemed to ignite the Cavaliers, who embarked on a decisive 21-0 run, stifling the Nets’ offense with smothering defense and capitalizing on turnovers. Allen capped off the run with a hook shot, extending Cleveland’s lead to 80-51 and firmly asserting their control over the game.

Up Next

At Toronto Raptors on Saturday 2/10.

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