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Cavs improve to 14-2 at home behind Donovan Mitchell, Darius Garland

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell (45) shoots against Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

CLEVELAND — Jarrett Allen’s dunk with 2:01 remaining in overtime gave Cleveland a 100-99 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night, keeping the Cavaliers unbeaten in five OT games this season.

Dallas had three opportunities to take the lead in the final minute, including Christian Wood’s 30-footer as time expired. Frank Ntilikina was stripped by Donovan Mitchell and Kemba Walker’s jumper landed between the backboard and the rim on the other two.

Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen, left, shoots against forwards Reggie Bullock (25) and Christian Wood, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Mitchell scored 25 points and Darius Garland had 18 points, seven rebounds and 12 assists for Cleveland, which has the best home record in the NBA at 14-2. Allen added eight points and 15 rebounds, and Evan Mobley had 17 points and eight rebounds.

Dallas forced OT on Walker’s driving layup with 3.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter, tying the score at 96-all. After Mitchell was called for an offensive foul with 0.7 ticks left, Tim Hardaway Jr. missed a half-court shot at the buzzer.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland shoots during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Four-time All-Star guard Walker, who signed with Dallas on Nov. 29, had 32 points and seven assists over 42 minutes in his third game. Wood had 26 points and 14 rebounds, and Hardaway scored 13 points.

Luka Doncic, the second-leading scorer in the NBA at 33.0 points per game, did not play for the Mavericks because of a right quadriceps strain.

The Cavaliers are 2-0 on their longest homestand of the season, a six-gamer that runs through Dec. 26. Cleveland is allowing a league-low 104.8 points per game.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Evan Mobley (4) shoots against Dallas Mavericks center JaVale McGee during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Dallas was without its starting backcourt of Doncic and Spencer Dinwiddie (right knee maintenance), and center Dwight Powell (left thigh bruise). All three played Friday when the Mavericks beat Portland 130-110 at home.

Both teams were on the second half of a back-to-back set. The Cavaliers beat Indiana 118-112 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, while the Mavericks did not check into their downtown Cleveland hotel until 3:37 a.m.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Isaac Okoro, front, drives against Dallas Mavericks guard Theo Pinson during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Tip-ins

Mavericks: Walker made his first start since Feb. 16 with the Knicks against Brooklyn. Walker, whose career scoring average is 19.4, is with his fourth team in five years. … G Josh Green (right elbow sprain) and F Maxi Kleber (right hamstring tear) were inactive, and F Davis Bertans (illness) did not play. … Dallas lost to the Cavaliers for the second time in four days, dropping a 105-90 decision Wednesday.

Former NBA player J.R. Smith waves to the crowd during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Cavaliers: F Lamar Stevens (right knee soreness) was unable to play. Stevens started the previous eight games, averaging 6.6 points and 5.9 rebounds. … F Evan Mobley appeared in his 100th NBA game. The second-year pro is one of 11 players in league history to surpass 1,400 points, 800 rebounds, 200 assists and 150 blocks while shooting better than 50% from the field in his first 100 contests.

Dallas Mavericks guard Theo Pinson, right, drives against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

Up next

Mavericks: At Portland on Monday night.

Cavaliers: Host Utah on Monday night.


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