Cavaliers Beat The Pistons 128-121: Game Recap 1/31/24

January 31, 2024

Andy Billman

Post-Game Recap

3 Key Factors Around the Victory

1 – Marvelous Mitchell 

Donovan Mitchell was fantastic, scoring a team-high 45 points and making six free throws in the final minute to put the game away for the Cavs.

2 – Welcome Back 

Darius Garland made his return tonight, playing 20 minutes while 19 points.  

3 – Double-Double

Another double-double for Jarrett Allen with 14 points and eleven rebounds.  Allen also made several key defensive stops in the second half. 

Game Summary

In Wednesday night’s game, Donovan Mitchell showcased an impressive performance, contributing 45 points with 20 of them coming in the fourth quarter. Darius Garland made a successful return from a broken jaw, scoring 19 points for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who managed to secure a 128-121 victory over the NBA-worst Detroit Pistons.

Jarrett Allen recorded his franchise-record 16th consecutive double-double, posting 14 points and 11 rebounds. Isaac Okoro also chipped in with 14 points for the Cavaliers, who have been on a remarkable run, winning 11 of their last 12 games and holding the NBA’s best record of 16-4 since December 16.

Danilo Gallinari led the scoring for Detroit with 20 points, shooting a perfect 4 of 4 from beyond the arc. Cade Cunningham contributed 19 points and seven assists for the Pistons, who were aiming for their first back-to-back wins since late October.

In a back-and-forth fourth quarter, Detroit briefly took a 118-116 lead with 3:20 left on Jalen Duren’s layup. However, the Cavaliers responded with a decisive 10-0 run, sealed by four free throws from Mitchell, ultimately securing their eighth consecutive victory over the Pistons.

Garland made a notable comeback, playing for 20 minutes in his first game since December 14 when he suffered a broken jaw in a collision with Boston’s Kristaps Porzingis. His return allowed Mitchell to resume his natural position as a shooting guard.

This game marked only the 12th time this season that the Cavaliers had their projected starting lineup intact. Two days prior, Evan Mobley returned after a 21-game absence due to left knee surgery.

Cleveland took control in the third quarter, establishing a 94-85 lead, the largest margin for either team in a game marked by 11 ties and 11 lead changes.

Detroit had a balanced scoring effort, with Jaden Ivey contributing 14 points and Jalen Duren finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds. However, their efforts were hampered by the early exit of Mike Muscala, who left the game after four minutes due to a head injury.

Up Next

At Memphis on Thursday 2/1.

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