LOS ANGELES—Collin Sexton scored 26 points, Darius Garland added 16 and the Cleveland Cavaliers led each the mode successful beating the Los Angeles Clippers 92-79 connected Wednesday night.
It was the Cavs’ archetypal roadworthy triumph against the Clippers since March 13, 2016.
Sexton took disconnected connected a accelerated interruption successful the 2nd 4th and threw down a slam dunk connected Nicolas Batum that caught the attraction of LeBron James.
“My goodness Young Bull!” James tweeted, utilizing Sexton’s nickname. “With the near too.”
Sexton joked, “He wasn’t expecting that one.”
“I’ve conscionable been trying to laic the shot up. Coach has been beauteous overmuch telling maine conscionable spell to the basket,” Sexton said. “I was conscionable going and I took off.”
Evan Mobley had 12 points and 10 rebounds successful his homecoming. The erstwhile Southern California prima taken 3rd wide successful the draught has scored successful treble figures successful each 5 games truthful far.
“Feels large to beryllium backmost home,” Mobley said. “I had a batch of household cheering for maine and it felt large playing successful beforehand of them.”
Mobley made an impression, too. He dunked implicit Ivica Zubac and aboriginal blocked his chap 7-footer connected a thrust successful the archetypal quarter.
Batum scored a season-high 16 points and Reggie Jackson added 16 for the Clippers connected a nighttime erstwhile Paul George struggled.
He missed his archetypal 7 shots and finished 6 of 20, went 0 for 8 from 3-point range, and had 12 points and 10 rebounds to spell with 4 fouls. George, on with chap starters Batum and Jackson, failed to people successful the opening quarter.
“After a nighttime similar this, the lone mode is to get better,” George said.
Jackson added, “Yeah, they bushed america up beauteous bully each around.”
Zubac dunked and scored connected consecutive possessions to get the Clippers wrong 4 to commencement the fourth. But the Cavs outscored them 14-4 to widen their pb to 16 points.
The Clippers were coming disconnected a 30-point rout of Portland connected Monday, erstwhile they had 21 steals, 37 assists and forced 30 turnovers.
That squad didn’t amusement up against the Cavs.
LA changeable 31 of 87 and was 9 of 41 from 3-point range. Cleveland wasn’t overmuch better, hitting 33 of 81 and making 3 of 20 3-pointers. But the Cavs controlled the paint, 48-34, and their seat outscored LA’s reserves, 27-18.
“We near a small connected the array offensively, but you can’t sound what these guys are doing connected the level defensively now,” Cavs manager J.B. Bickerstaff said. “Our guys are sacrificing immoderate the infinitesimal is to spell triumph the hoops game.”
After opening the play 0-2, Cleveland won its 3rd successful a row. The Cavs snapped a seven-game wide skid and a four-game roadworthy losing streak to the Clippers.
“They’re creating that individuality of who we are and however we’re going to play,” Bickerstaff said. “We’re aboriginal truthful I don’t privation to leap the weapon here, but their cognition has been to effort and quench that thirst. That’s the happening to maine that’s been astir impressive.”
Three times the Clippers closed wrong 3 successful the third. Jackson deed back-to-back 3s that pulled them to 63-62.
Earlier, veterans Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio propelled a 7-0 tally that included Lamar Stevens’ dunk disconnected Love’s miss to propulsion Cleveland’s pb backmost to treble digits, 63-53.
The Cavs led by 15 points earlier George made his archetypal handbasket of the crippled successful the second. He deed 3 successful a enactment and Jackson got his archetypal points during a 17-9 tally that closed the archetypal fractional with Cleveland up 47-40.
Cavaliers: Mobley volition request much tickets again Friday erstwhile his household and friends travel to spot him against the Lakers. … Jarrett Allen had 4 points and 8 rebounds aft double-doubles successful his past 2 games. … G Isaac Okoro (left hamstring strain) sat out.
Clippers: Their lone triumph truthful acold was against the Blazers.
Cavaliers: Play Lakers connected Friday arsenic portion of their five-game trip.
Clippers: Visit Portland connected Friday successful their 2nd roadworthy crippled of the season.
By Beth Harris
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