Cavaliers Lose To The Hawks 112-101: Game Recap 3/6/24

March 6, 2024

Andy Billman

Post-Game Recap

3 Notable Notes Around the Loss

1 – Missing deep 

Cleveland had a rough night from deep, shooting 22.7%, only making 10 for 44.

2 – Double-double 

Jared Allen had a monster night on the boards with 19 and a team-high 18 points. 

3 – 4th Quarter drought

The Cavs had a rough fourth quarter, scoring only 12 points total, and during a 5-minute-plus stretch in the final quarter, they scored only two points. 

Game Recap

Saddiq Bey tallied 23 points as the Atlanta Hawks clawed back from relinquishing a 21-point lead to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-101 on Wednesday night.

Bogdan Bogdanovic mirrored Bey’s scoring output for the Hawks, halting the Cavaliers’ bid to sweep the season series in four games.

A night following their stunning comeback victory against Boston, where they overturned a 22-point deficit in the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers once again rallied, this time seizing the lead after trailing the Hawks by 21 points in the third quarter. However, their efforts fell short this time around.

Jarrett Allen led Cleveland’s charge with 18 points and 19 rebounds, supported by Isaac Okoro’s 17 points.

In unfortunate news for the Hawks, forward Jalen Johnson sustained a right ankle sprain early in the third quarter and had to be assisted off the court. Johnson, who has been averaging 15.9 points and 8.7 rebounds, missed 14 games earlier in the season due to a left wrist injury.

Dejounte Murray extended Atlanta’s lead to its largest at 73-52 in the third quarter with a jumper, contributing 18 points and nine assists.

Cleveland staged a formidable resurgence for the remainder of the period, culminating in Caris LeVert’s 3-pointer that handed them an 89-87 lead, their first since the first quarter.

Craig Porter Jr. knotted the score at 93-93 before Fernando Bruno’s dunk reclaimed the lead for Atlanta, which they maintained.

Dean Wade, who had a standout performance the previous night with 20 fourth-quarter points, managed nine points in this game.

The Cavaliers faced another setback as forward Evan Mobley exited the game with a sprained left ankle in the third quarter, having sustained a similar injury in their previous encounter with Boston. Mobley’s absence adds to Cleveland’s injury concerns, with Donovan Mitchell and Max Strus also sidelined.

Hawks’ star guard Trae Young remains sidelined with a left pinkie finger ligament tear, while Onyeka Okongwu is progressing in his recovery from a left big toe sprain, according to coach Quin Snyder.

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