Cavs rally in fourth but fal­ter again

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - SPORTS - By Steve Her­rick

Den­nis Schroder scored a sea­son-high 28 points in re­plac­ing in­jured star Rus­sell West­brook and the Thun­der beat the Cava­liers, 95-86, on Nov. 7.

West­brook sprained his left an­kle Nov. 5, but the Thun­der with­stood Cleve­land’s fourthquar­ter run with­out the twotime MVP to win its sixth straight game af­ter start­ing the sea­son 0-4.

Cleve­land (1-10) ral­lied from an 11-point deficit early in the fourth quar­ter to go ahead.

Ok­la­homa City led 78-67 be­fore the Cava­liers went on a 13-0 run. J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver each hit two 3-point­ers and the Cava­liers led, 80-78, with 7:02 re­main­ing.

Alex Abrines’ 3-points shot from the cor­ner with 4:31 left broke an 84-84 tie and put Ok­la­homa City on top for good.

Schroder, start­ing in West­brook’s place, was 11 for 19 from the field. Paul Ge­orge scored 18 points and Jer­mai Grant had 12.

Cleve­land added two more play­ers to its ev­er­grow­ing in­jury list. Rookie point guard Collin Sex­ton made his first ca­reer start af­ter Ge­orge Hill was a late scratch be­cause of a sore right shoul­der.

Sex­ton, taken with the eighth pick in the draft, scored a team-high 15 points in a ca­reer-high 42 min­utes.

Cedi Os­man started in Kevin Love’s spot, but left with back spasms in the first quar­ter and didn’t re­turn. Cleve­land is also play­ing with­out for­ward Kevin Love, who had surgery on his left foot last week and is ex­pected to be out for sev­eral weeks.

Smith scored 13 points and Rod­ney Hood and Jor­dan Clark­son each had 11 for Cleve­land.

Ok­la­homa City scored 17 straight points over a pe­riod of 4:36 in the sec­ond and third quar­ters to take a 56-40 lead.

The Thun­der scored the last nine points of a lack­lus­ter first half to take a 4840 lead. Ge­orge made a bas­ket and a free throw be­fore end­ing the sec­ond quar­ter with a 29-foot 3-pointer as the buzzer.

Schroder had a three­p­oint play and a jumper and Grant hit a 3-pointer to help build the 16-point lead.

West­brook trav­eled with the team, but no timetable has been given for his re­turn and he’s un­likely to play Thurs­day against Hous­ton. He’s av­er­ag­ing 24.1 points, 8.9 as­sists and 8.3 re­bounds in seven games.

Tip-ins

THUN­DER >> Coach Billy Dono­van was hit with a tech­ni­cal as the first quar­ter ended. Ge­orge com­plained about not get­ting a foul called when he drove to the bas­ket ear­lier in the pe­riod and gave the of­fi­cials a dis­gusted wave . ... The win­ning

streak is the sec­ond­longest ac­tive streak in the NBA, trail­ing only Golden State (eight).

CAVA­LIERS >> Coach Larry Drew jug­gled his start­ing lineup af­ter power for­ward Sam Dekker sprained his left an­kle in the loss to Or­lando. Os­man moved to Dekker’s spot and J.R. Smith started at small for­ward, but that align­ment didn’t last long. Os­man played only six min­utes be­cause of the in­jury, giv­ing backup big man Ante Zizic play­ing time . ... Hill had his best game of the sea­son Mon­day with 22 points.

Up next

THUN­DER >> Host Hous­ton on Nov. 8.

CAVA­LIERS >> Visit Chicago on Nov. 10.

TONY DEJAK — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

The Thun­der’s Steven Adams, right, drives to the bas­ket against Tris­tan Thomp­son dur­ing the sec­ond half.

TONY DEJAK — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Collin Sex­ton (2) and the Thun­der’s Steven Adams reach for the ball dur­ing the first half Nov. 7.

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