Thunder 102, Cavaliers 110: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Thunder 102, Cavaliers 110: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Thunder 102, Cavaliers 110: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Oklahoma City Thunder (11-15) play against the Cleveland Cavaliers (10-10) at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

Game Time: 7:30 PM EST on Saturday December 10, 2022

Oklahoma City Thunder 102, Cleveland Cavaliers 110 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
The second half, however, was a different story. OKC picked up its pace offensively and won the third quarter 26-23.
@NickAGallo and @ParisNLawson write 📝
nba.com/thunder/news/r…11:40 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Takeaways and tip-ins from the Thunder’s loss in Cleveland: oklahoman.com/story/sports/n…11:39 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
The second half, however, was a different story. OKC picked up its pace offensively and won the third quarter 26-23.
@NickAGallo and @ParisNLawson write 📝 – 11:24 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
The Thunder dialed things up in the fourth quarter, but was unable to capitalize on the late scoring surge.
@NickAGallo and @ParisNLawson recap the contest before heading out. pic.twitter.com/Zgq7VLkQQ111:24 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Daigneault on the Cavs switching on SGA 1 through 5:
“He’s been roasting the league for a month and a half now, and teams are gonna study, they’re gonna adjust, they’re gonna figure out the best game plan and then you have to counterpunch.” – 11:15 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Just the 3rd regulation loss for the Celtics, they drop to 21-6.
CELTICS LOSSES 2022-23
18 – @ CHICAGO – OCTOBER 24
16 – @ GOLDEN STATE – DECEMBER 10
14 – @ CHICAGO – NOVEMBER 21
9 – VS. CLEVELAND – OCTOBER 28*
4 – VS. MIAMI – DECEMBER 2*
1 – @ CLEVELAND – NOVEMBER 2* – 10:57 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
❝We fought, we gave ourselves every chance to win that game.❞ pic.twitter.com/g5RwP80thv10:50 PM

Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
The Thunder showed toughness and resilience in tough 110-102 loss against the top-ranked, Cleveland Cavaliers.
🎥 Watch more | https://t.co/Iix5xxxt40 pic.twitter.com/V0qNcwR9CB10:24 PM

Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
double double d4wg 🐶 #LetEmKnow pic.twitter.com/Mo0f1iPkOG10:19 PM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
OKC came back from down 17 to tie late and make it a game. Fun, close road loss to a good Cavs team.
Giddey, Joe, JDub, Baze and especially Poku were great in the 4th.
OKC now has 20.3% odds at a top 4 pick, which is higher than Evan Mobley’s 3PT% and hey he went 2-3 tonight. – 10:18 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
life is a highWay. #LetEmKnow pic.twitter.com/vakq2nYdfW10:11 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
“We kind of played on their terms” Daigneault said of the pace.
Cleveland plays at the slowest pace in the league. OKC is third fastest. – 10:07 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Daigneault on Josh Giddey: “I thought he played as hard as he’s played all year.” – 10:02 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
OKC has been really outsized the last two games by the Cavs and Grizzlies’ bigs.
A healthy Chet Holmgren changes the dynamics of this team in a lot of ways. – 9:59 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
The Thunder never led tonight – 9:55 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
The 13 field goal attempts were a season-low for SGA tonight – 9:52 PM
Danny Cunningham @RealDCunningham
Good sign for the #Cavs that Evan Mobley was the one to step up and carry them to a win tonight in the fourth quarter. – 9:50 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
FINAL: Cavs 110, Thunder 102
SGA – 23 points
Giddey – 17 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists
Poku – 16 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists
Joe – 12 points
LeVert – 22 points
Mobley – 21 points, 12 rebounds
Allen – 21 points, 11 rebounds
OKC is now 11-15 on the season – 9:48 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
#Cavs grind this one out to get the win over OKC. They beat the Thunder 110-102.
Caris LeVert: 22 pts, 4 assists, 4 rebounds
Evan Mobley: 21 pts, 12 rebounds, 3 assists
Jarrett Allen: 21 pts, 11 rebounds – 9:47 PM
Bob Finnan @BobCavsinsider
Final: Cavs 110, OKC 102. Caris LeVert with 22 points. Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen both have 21. – 9:47 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
DG 🤝 EV 🤝 JA #LetEmKnow pic.twitter.com/xBYEyUCVkw9:43 PM

Bob Finnan @BobCavsinsider
Darius Garland 2 FT with 1:02 remaining — first points in 2nd half! – 9:42 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
SGA fouls out with 1:03 to go. Finishes with 23 points, three assists and two rebounds.
He shot 7-of-13, his fewest field goal attempts this season. – 9:41 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
SGA fouls out with 1:03 left in the game
Cavs lead 104-95 – 9:39 PM
Bob Finnan @BobCavsinsider
OKC’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander just fouled out with 23 points – 8 under his average. – 9:39 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
SGA has fouled out with 1:03 left in the game
Cavs lead 104-95 – 9:39 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
The Thunder never led tonight – 9:39 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
A Lamar Stevens 3 expands Cavs lead to 101-93 with 3:41 left
OKC calls timeout – 9:34 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
Defense fueling offense! ⛽️
@OGandE Power Play of the Game pic.twitter.com/9UgonGzqVb9:34 PM

Bob Finnan @BobCavsinsider
Evan Mobley has 12 of his 21 points in 4th Q. Cavs on top 101-93 with 3:41 remaining. – 9:33 PM
Royce Young @royceyoung
OKC was down 10 to start the fourth, but with SGA resting was a +7 and now just down three with 4:46 left as he checks back in. Great stretch from Giddey, Poku, Bazley, Joe and JDub. – 9:33 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
His name? His name is 3van.
@Evan Mobley | #LetEmKnow pic.twitter.com/af6vK2KYIw9:32 PM

Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Poku in the 4Q:
10 points on 4/4 shooting, including 2/2 from 3
A 21-14 OKC 4Q start without SGA has cut the Cavs lead to 96-93 with 4:46 remaining in the game – 9:31 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
A string of threes initiates a 19-7 Thunder run ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/qr3TpO5B079:28 PM

Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
#Cavs Evan Mobley has scored all 10 of their points this quarter. – 9:27 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Isaiah Joe’s 3 pointers made to minutes played ratio is absolutely ridiculous. – 9:27 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
The Thunder tie the game at 89-89 – 9:26 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Aleksej Pokusevski & Isaiah Joe are a combined 6-of-7 from 3 – 9:25 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Four left-corner 3-pointers for the Thunder in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter.
It’s a two-point game. – 9:25 PM
Bob Finnan @BobCavsinsider
Bickerstaff just got T’d up by referee Dannica Mosher. Thunder pulls to 89-87 with 8 minutes to play – 9:24 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
#Cavs J.B. Bickerstaff just got called for a tech. They wanted a travel called there on OKC, but Poku hit a 3. – 9:24 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
Thunder open the fourth quarter 11-5 to bring this game within 4 points. #Cavs have missed 4 of their 6 shot attempts in the first 3-ish minutes. They still lead 87-83. – 9:21 PM
Bob Finnan @BobCavsinsider
Thunder start 4th Q on 11-5 run and pull to within four points, 87-83. Do the Cavs know how to close games? – 9:21 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Thunder open the 4Q on an 11-5 run
Cavs lead cut to 87-83 and take a timeout with 8:46 left – 9:21 PM
Jon Hamm @JonMHamm
I want to invent a time machine and send Isaiah Joe back to the 2015-16 Thunder – 9:21 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Thunder has all of a sudden heated up. Three 3-pointers on its last three possessions. Two from Poku and one from Isaiah Joe. – 9:20 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Per Thunder: Josh Giddey is the 7th youngest player to tally 1,000 points and 500 rebounds:
1. LeBron James (19-326)
2. Dwight Howard (19-331)
3. Luka Doncic (20-021)
4. Josh Smith (20-039)
5. Giannis Antetokounmpo (20-044)
6. Andrew Bynum (20-055)
7. Josh Giddey (20-061) – 9:17 PM
Bob Finnan @BobCavsinsider
Darius Garland playing in a funk. 3 turnovers, 0-2 FG in third Q. – 9:16 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
On to the last frame! #LetEmKnow9:15 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
End of 3Q: Cavs 82, Thunder 72
SGA – 21 points
Giddey – 13 points, 12 rebounds
Poku – 6 points, 11 rebounds
LeVert – 20 points
Allen – 16 points, 9 rebounds
Mobley – 9 points. 9 rebounds – 9:15 PM
Bob Finnan @BobCavsinsider
End 3rd Q: Cavs 82, Thunder 72. Caris LeVert has 20 points, Jarrett Allen 16 points, 9 rebounds – 9:14 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Thunder got in a 17-point hole in the third, but crawled back to make it a 10-point Cavs lead heading into the fourth. – 9:14 PM
Bob Finnan @BobCavsinsider
It seems like the entire OKC team is 6-8 or taller. However, it has absolutely no inside presence. Cavs on top 80-67 – 9:10 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
EV TOOK CARE OF THE OOP 🫢
📺 #CavsThunder on @BallySportsCLE pic.twitter.com/2aSl1H3An39:08 PM

Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
Thunder pushes the pace for a hi-tempo score pic.twitter.com/sTQKd2DzVx9:06 PM

Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
Thunder pushes the pace for a hi-tempo score pic.twitter.com/uHQSOP1fS39:03 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Aaron Wiggins is starting the second half over Poku. – 8:51 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
You know, bro.
Welcome to @RMFieldHouse, Jose! pic.twitter.com/e9Bry7ur0g8:49 PM

Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Aaron Wiggins in place of Poku to start the 2nd half – 8:48 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Donovan Mitchell is leading a Cavs team that has the 3rd best record in the East.
@TermineRadio tells @Eddie Johnson if Anthony Davis deserves to be in the MVP conversation, then let’s not forget about Mitchell’s numbers. pic.twitter.com/O2ETZdHQh88:35 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
That was a beaut of a stepback 3 from Darius Garland in their last possession of the half. #Cavs lead OKC 59-46 at the end of the first half.
Caris LeVert: 17 pts, 2 assists
Jarrett Allen: 11 pts, 3 rebounds
Darius Garland: 7 points, 5 assists – 8:34 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Halftime: Cavs 59, Thunder 46
– Caris LeVert leads the Cavs with 17 pts
– SGA also has 17, on 5-of-8 FGS and 7-of-7 FTs
– SGA is shooting 62.5%. Rest of the Thunder is shooting 35.3%. – 8:33 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Huge shot by Garland on the step back over Wiggins, who is a good defender, what a swing for the Cavs going into the break. – 8:33 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
HALF: Cavs 59, Thunder 46
SGA – 17 points
Dort – 7 points
Poku – 3 points, 10 rebounds
LeVert – 17 points
Allen – 11 points
Garland – 7 points, 5 assists – 8:33 PM
Bob Finnan @BobCavsinsider
Halftime: Cavs 59, Thunder 46. Caris LeVert has 17 points, Jarrett Allen 11. – 8:33 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Haven’t heard SGA booed — for drawing fouls — quite like he has these last two games in Memphis and Cleveland. – 8:29 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Aleksej Pokusevski has ten first half rebounds. Physicality at times has been an issue for him so this matchup is important to watch and so far so good for Poku. – 8:26 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Poku has the same number of rebounds as Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen and Robin Lopez combined. – 8:26 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
JDub steals it ➡️ Baze slams it! pic.twitter.com/91WKwMGa8e8:25 PM

Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Josh Giddey has now scored 1,000 career points – 8:24 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Tre Mann continues to create a ton of space with his step-back, but he just can’t get his shot to fall. He’s shooting 28.6% (33-of-115) from three. – 8:21 PM
Bob Finnan @BobCavsinsider
G Raul Neto 5 points, 3 assists in 11 minutes. Cavs on top 40-32 with 5:52 left in 2nd Q – 8:20 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
At this point, I feel like the Thunder gotta start switch hunting Robin Lopez whenever he’s on the floor – 8:13 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
#Cavs lead 28-22 at the end of Q1. They shot 10 of 19 (52.6%) from the field and 3 of 7 (42.9%) from 3. They also had 7 assists on 10 made shots. Lots of fouls called in Q1 on both sides.
Caris LeVert leads the Cavs with 9 pts, followed by Jarrett Allen with 7 pts and 3 rebounds – 8:08 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
SGA started out the game 0-3.
He hit his next 4 shots and ends the 1st quarter with 11 points on 4-7 shooting. – 8:08 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
End of 1Q: Cavs 28, Thunder 22
SGA – 11 points
Dort – 5 points
LeVert – 9 points
Allen – 7 points – 8:07 PM
Bob Finnan @BobCavsinsider
End 1st Q: Cavs 28, OKC 22. Caris LeVert off to a fast start with 9 points. Jarrett Allen 7 points, 3 rebounds. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 11 for Thunder – 8:07 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
An Isaiah Joe dunk! Wow – 8:05 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Leaving Robin Lopez alone on SGA is mean lol – 8:04 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
OH MY. What a dunk from #Cavs Caris LeVert. – 8:03 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
SGA wincing after making that shot – 8:00 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Congrats to @CLEMetroSchools’ own Glenville High School football team on their State Championship! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/SvaHo1ZtRD8:00 PM

Jon Hamm @JonMHamm
Isaac Okoro is not having the best time guarding SGA – 7:59 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
JRE redirects and finishes the reverse pic.twitter.com/nN8IsPqOn87:59 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Interesting Thunder lineup here with SGA, J-Dub, Joe, Bazley and Muscala. – 7:59 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Darius Bazley checks in with 3:55 left in the 1Q – 7:58 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
VERT THROUGH THE CROWD!
📺 #CavsThunder on @BallySportsCLE pic.twitter.com/NKDbi70ccc7:56 PM

Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
Solid defense leads to a score in transition ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/gxl86WpUEt7:49 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Lu Dort, back after missing one game with a knee contusion, has five of the Thunder’s first seven points. And five of the Thunder’s first nine attempts. – 7:48 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
Tough defensive leads to transition scoring pic.twitter.com/e90JUbfd6L7:48 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
That’s twice Evan Mobley has fallen for SGA’s shot fake. SGA went up that time and drew the foul. – 7:45 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
What a block by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl and a finish by Lu Dort on the other end. Fun sequence! – 7:43 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Evan Mobley forcing SGA to take a bad 3 and to pass out already lol – 7:42 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Lu Dort has a new do. – 7:41 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Really good crowd tonight in Cleveland pic.twitter.com/kdAmqWUvEg7:40 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Asked Mark Daigneault what Darius Bazley needs to do to get back in the rotation (which he will be tonight). His answer applied to the whole team. pic.twitter.com/FiTyUKA7iw7:33 PM

Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Saturday Shots.
#CavsThunder Through the Lens 📸 – 7:32 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
Saturday Night Starters
📺 @BallySportsOK pic.twitter.com/iIC0ycKA8M7:32 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Mamadi Diakite was sure happy to see Lu Dort. He lifted Dort off the floor. pic.twitter.com/cIzZvTSFq17:22 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Thunder starters in Cleveland:
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Josh Giddey
Lu Dort
Aleksej Pokusevski
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl – 7:11 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
OKC starters vs Cavs
SGA
Dort
Giddey
Poku
JRE – 7:10 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
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Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Thunder starters at Cavs:
– SGA
– Giddey
– Dort
– Poku
– JRE – 7:05 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
the cutest #FROHIO assist 🥰
@Jif | #ThatJifingGood pic.twitter.com/idZUCM734U7:05 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Pregame read: Where the Thunder ranks in 25 team stats through 25 games.
Tried to cover a lot of ground in this one. oklahoman.com/story/sports/n…6:59 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
With 13 points on 6 of 9 from the field, Langford is one shy of matching his season high (at OKC, Nov. 30) and 3 shy of matching his career best (twice, most recently vs. PHX on Dec. 31, 2022). – 6:45 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Boston Celtics NBA-leading Offensive Rating entering tonight is 119.9.
The Phoenix Suns are second in Offensive Rating at 116.3.
That 3.6 margin between Boston and Phoenix is almost as large as the one separating Phoenix and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 12th place at 112.6. – 6:34 PM
Joe Gabriele @CavsJoeG
#Cavs starters v. OKC:
Garland
LeVert
Stevens
E. Mobley
Allen pic.twitter.com/aCFb4hn3W86:33 PM

Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
Tonight’s starters against the Thunder: Darius Garland, Caris LeVert, Lamar Stevens, Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen – 6:25 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Saturday Starters. #LetEmKnow pic.twitter.com/USkNsgavq66:23 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Kenrich Williams (right knee sprain) didn’t make the trip to Cleveland. He’ll also miss the game Monday night in Dallas. – 6:20 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Darius Bazley, coming off back-to-back DNPs, will be in the rotation tonight, Mark Daigneault said. – 6:16 PM
Bob Finnan @BobCavsinsider
Both F Kevin Love and G Donovan Mitchell will miss tonight’s game vs. OKC – 5:36 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
The Thunder is 3rd in paint points per game. The Cavaliers allow the second fewest paint points per game.
Intriguing game tonight in Cleveland. – 5:11 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Where the Thunder ranks in 25 team stats, from assisted field goals to average seconds per touch, through 25 games: oklahoman.com/story/sports/n…4:50 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
The Thunder will look to apply physicality and pace in tonight’s matchup against the Cavs.
@NickAGallo and @ParisNLawson break down what to look for in today’s @OUHealth Game Day Report 📝 pic.twitter.com/nI8z6RrGi13:22 PM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Lu Dort is good to go for OKC tonight vs the Cavs.
Donovan Mitchell is out for the Cavs.
Darius Garland’s night just got tougher. – 3:17 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs
Strong against the Thunder.
@keybank | #LetEmKnow2:30 PM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
#Cavs Kevin Love (lower back soreness) and Donovan Mitchell (lower leg soreness) are both OUT tonight. I’m also OUT tonight so I can spend extra time with my family before this upcoming Texas-based road trip. Will talk to y’all from San Antonio! – 2:06 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Lu Dort is no longer listed on the injury report for the Thunder, meaning he should be available to play tonight
Donovan Mitchell (lower leg soreness) is listed as out – 1:39 PM
Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
#Cavs Donovan Mitchell (leg soreness) and Kevin Love (back soreness) are listed as out for tonight’s game against the Thunder. – 1:33 PM

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