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In passer mode, Darius Garland never fails to impress | NBA

After a triple-double against the Jazz, then 32 points in San Antonio, what was Darius Garland going to invent against Oklahoma City to continue surprising? The Cavaliers playmaker made a very thick copy with 27 points (11/20 shooting), 18 assists and 5 rebounds.

His 18 shots (for just two turnovers) are a season high, tied with Chris Paul, the league’s leading passer, and also a career best.

“He took control of the match in all areas”, admiring comment JB Bickerstaff for the plain dealer. “We see that he had the will not to lose this match. It is part of your progress as well as the team. We see that everyone is making tremendous progress. Darius now believes he is among the league’s elite at his position. »

Hard to prove him wrong in recent days as Garland has effectively ousted the Thunder, who had dominated the first half and the opening minutes of the second with an 18-point lead. In the third quarter, the Cleveland player accelerated and compiled 14 points and 8 assists!

20 points and 10 assists on average in January

Finally, in “money time”, as the icing on the cake of his great performance, he delivered two very important assists that allowed the Bickerstaff players to conclude. The first by an alley-oop by Evan Mobley, the second by a triple by Lauri Markkanen.

“It was a very long road trip”Mobley says as Cleveland walks out of six straight games. “And Garland continues to put up big numbers night after night. He assumes his role to lead us to victory. »

Since returning to the competition in early January, Garland is averaging 20.5 points and 10.1 assists as the Cavaliers have four straight wins. Game after game, the leader, who will turn 22 in a few days (January 26), is getting closer more and more of the All-Star Game.

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