Can Cleveland Keep Cooking? Cavs Aim for Record OT Streak

The Cleveland Cavaliers have won their 11th consecutive overtime victory, the second-longest such streak in the league ever

by Sededin Dedovic
Can Cleveland Keep Cooking? Cavs Aim for Record OT Streak
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The Cleveland Cavaliers extended their overtime winning streak to 11 games on Monday night. This time they beat the Houston Rockets 135-130 in overtime. The win ties the second-longest overtime winning streak in NBA history, just one shy of the record 13-game streak set by the New Orleans Hornets between 2006 and 2008.

Both teams exchanged the lead during the regular part and overtime. Cleveland guard Donovan Mitchell was the main offensive player for the Cavs, scoring 37 points in the game. He got a lot of support from James Merrill with 19 points and the timely contribution of Max Struss with 17 points.

Houston, despite the loss, put up a valiant fight against the streaky Cavs. Fred Vanvleet, the Rockets' dynamic point guard, led the offense with a dazzling performance of 27 points and 17 assists. Alperen Şengun, the young Turkish center, showed his consistency with 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

The highlight of the game came in overtime, when both teams refused to give up an inch. Mitchell's offense and Merrill's tenacious defense proved to be the difference maker for Cleveland. Houston, despite Vanvleet's good play, couldn't find enough answers to overcome the Cavs' late surge.

This win cements Cleveland's position at the top of the Eastern Conference standings, showing championship aspirations. Donovan Mitchell continues to solidify his status as an MVP candidate. As for Houston, while the loss hurts, the fight and competitiveness shown by their young core is a promising sign for the future.

Other interesting results

In other games, Utah beat Brooklyn 125:108 and achieved its third win in the last four matches, while Minnesota, led by Anthony Edwards, who had 32 points, beat Miami 112:108. Sacramento beat Washington 143:131, and New York beat the Los Angeles Lakers 114:109.

James Harden led the Los Angeles Clippers with 35 points to a 151-127 victory over Indiana, and Chicago beat Philadelphia 108-104 despite Joel Embiid's 40 points and 14 rebounds for the Sixers. A really interesting and efficient NBA night with many games is behind us.

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