Darius Garland goes bonkers with career-high 51 as Cavs nearly pull off wild comeback

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If the Minnesota Timberwolves had misplaced on Sunday, they could’ve simply packed up for the season and gone residence. Seemingly already clinging to life amid a listless begin to the yr, the Wolves led the Cavaliers, who have been enjoying with out Donovan Mitchell and Jarrett Allen, by as many as 24 and held a 22-point benefit with beneath 10 minutes to play. 

That’s when Darius Garland occurred, scoring 29 of a career-high 51 factors over the ultimate 9 minutes and alter of the fourth quarter. Garland was out of his thoughts, pulling the Cavs all the best way again to inside two with 32 seconds to play with this sprint-and-stop 3-pointer. 

But that was as shut as Cleveland would get. Minnesota escaped, 129-124. Garland, who drained 10 of 15 3-pointers, was the one participant to hit the 50-point mark this season for about an hour, till Joel Embiid posted an much more bonkers 59-point, 11-rebound, eight-assist, seven-block efficiency in a win over the Jazz. 

Garland joins LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Walt Wesley because the fourth participant in Cavs franchise historical past to prime the 50-point mark.   

With his closing line of 51 factors, six assists and 10 made 3s, Garland is now on an inventory that features simply six names in historical past. 

Pretty good firm for Garland, who was a first-time All-Star final season and is without doubt one of the hardest pick-and-roll covers within the league. If you go over the display screen, he has a terrific floater going downhill. If you go beneath the display screen, you are enjoying with fireplace due to his capability to drag up for a 3 off the dribble. The Cavs , now 8-5, have dropped two straight after falling to the Warriors on Friday on the ultimate recreation of their west-coast street journey. 



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