Cavaliers Lose To The 76ers 123-121: Game Recap 2/12/24

February 12, 2024

Andy Billman

Post-Game Recap

3 Notable Notes Around the Loss

1 – Almost

The Cleveland Cavaliers almost made a remarkable late-game comeback.  With 1:23 left, the Cavs were down ten and made a 9-0 to cut the lead to one with 14 seconds left.  The Cavs got the ball with 6.2 seconds, but Donovan Mitchell’s layup was blocked, and Darius Garland missed a three-pointer at the buzzer. 

2 – Bench

Cleveland finally had a poor night from the bench, being outscored 30-19. 

3 – Hot shooting

The 76ers had a night when they could not miss, shooting over 50% from the field and making four more field goals. 

Game Recap

In his third game donning the Philadelphia jersey, Buddy Hield tallied 24 points, matching the scoring output of Kelly Oubre Jr., as the 76ers brought Cleveland’s nine-game winning streak to a halt with a hard-fought 123-121 victory on Monday night.

Despite the Cavaliers mounting a near comeback from a 10-point deficit in the final 1:25, they fell short when Darius Garland missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Tyrese Maxey, an All-Star, contributed 22 points for the Sixers, who managed to cling onto the lead and secure the win, despite Cleveland’s relentless pressure in the closing moments.

Donovan Mitchell led the charge for the Cavs with an impressive 36-point performance, but his efforts were thwarted by a crucial defensive play from Oubre, denying a potential game-tying shot attempt.

Acquired just before the trade deadline, Hield showcased his sharpshooting prowess, sinking two crucial 3-pointers and scoring nine consecutive points in the fourth quarter to extend Philadelphia’s lead.

The Cavaliers, who had been on a remarkable streak, winning 17 of their last 18 games, couldn’t overcome the Sixers’ resilience, dropping to a 22-5 record since mid-December.

Despite missing key player Tobias Harris due to injury, the Sixers managed to secure the win, further bolstering their lineup with the impending signing of guard Kyle Lowry, pending waivers clearance, adding depth and experience to their roster.

Up Next

Home Versus Bulls on Wednesday 2/14.

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