On March 15th, the NBA regular season continued. The Cleveland Cavaliers played against the Los Angeles Clippers at home. Reggie and Morris were sidelined. The Clippers still fought their opponents until overtime. Lauri Markkanen made a winning three-pointer with 54.3 seconds left in overtime, and the Cavaliers ended up 120-111 with the Clippers, ending their two-game losing streak.
For the Cavaliers, Mobley had 30 points and 6 rebounds, Garland had 24 points and 13 assists, Okoro had 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, and Markkanen had 17 points and 9 rebounds;
For the Clippers, Zubac had 24 points and 14 rebounds, Coffey had 19 points, and Mann had 18 points and 10 rebounds.
The first quarter started, and the two sides were evenly matched at the opening, and the score alternated. Zubac took the lead with a hook, and Mobley responded with two consecutive goals inside. Batum and Coffey hit three-pointers one after another, and the Cavaliers also fired from the outside, hitting three three-pointers in a row. The two sides continued to fight. Coffey scored another three-pointer. The Cavaliers caused continuous damage and gradually took the initiative. Love scored 5 points with high-efficiency output and continuous shooting. At the end of the first quarter, the Cavaliers led 33-27 by 6 points.
In the second quarter, Love scored a three-pointer first, and Boston and Mann teamed up to score 9 points and lead the team to quickly narrow the point difference. After Markkanen hit a three-pointer, Boston scored 6 points in a row and led the team to complete a 9-1 spurt to overtake the score in one fell swoop. Mobley and Garland each made a goal to stop the decline, and the Clippers took turns hitting the basket to score points to maintain a slight lead. Coffey and LeVert soared for three points, and the Clippers overtook 57-56 at halftime by 1 point.
In the second half, the two sides were still in close quarters, and the score was always tight. Okoro scored two three-pointers alone, Mobley also succeeded on the inside, the Clippers caused continuous damage and scored points through free throws, and Coffey scored 5 points in a row to stop the Cavaliers. After the adjustment, the Clippers’ hit rate dropped, and Mobley made three consecutive goals and led the team to play an 11-0 attack wave to regain the lead. Kennard made a mid-range shot to stop the bleeding, and Okoro made 4 free throws in a row to help the team maintain its advantage. Love still has a three-pointer, and the Cavaliers lead 87-81 by 6 points after three quarters.
In the final quarter, the two teams started a tug-of-war. LeVert and Markkanen teamed up to score points inside and outside to help the Cavaliers widen the difference to 9 points. Harten and Zubac completed the deductions one after another and sounded the Clippers’ counterattack. Horn, Mann scored 5 points in a row and led the team to complete a 9-0 attack wave to tie the score. Garland scored 5 points in a row to stabilize the situation, Mann still had a three-pointer, Garland was called a defensive foul and the Cavaliers failed to challenge, and Coffey made one of two free throws to tie the score. But then both sides missed the lore opportunity and entered overtime.
In overtime, the Clippers’ hit rate dropped significantly. The first 2 minutes were nothing, and the Cavaliers scored 4 points on the inside shot with a penalty. Batum broke a three-pointer, and the Cavaliers responded with 5 consecutive points from inside and outside. Okoro caused Zubac 6 fouls to leave the game, and Markkanen killed the game with a three-pointer. In the end, the Cavaliers beat the Clippers in overtime to stop the losing streak.