National Basketball Association
Cleveland 119, Denver 116
When: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, March 18, 2022
Where: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, Ohio
Officials: #38 Michael Smith, #40 Leon Wood, #48 Scott Foster
Attendance: 19432

Lauri Markkanen's 3-pointer with 28.3 seconds left in overtime was the decisive basket in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 119-116 come-from-behind victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday.

Markkanen had a season-high 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Evan Mobley had 27 points and 11 rebounds and Darius Garland put up 25 points and 14 assists.

The Cavs closed the overtime period on a 10-2 run, capped by Mobley's contested layup with 11.5 seconds remaining.

MVP candidate Nikola Jokic had a game-high 32 points, plus 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Nuggets, who had their franchise-record seven-game road winning streak snapped.

Aaron Gordon added 20 points and eight rebounds and guard Bones Hyland had 17 points for Denver.

The Cavs, 2-1 on this critical five-game homestand, will host Detroit on Saturday.

The Cavs took an early 16-8 lead, capped by Markkanen's 3-pointer. Markkanen had 10 points and five rebounds to help the Cavs to a 31-29 lead after one quarter. Gordon scored 10 points for the Nuggets.

The Nuggets fashioned a 13-0 run to move out to a 39-31 advantage in the second quarter. Hyland scored 13 points as Denver opened a 63-52 lead at halftime.

The Nuggets shot 56 percent in the half and did pretty much whatever they wanted. Denver's bench outscored Cleveland's 29-8.

Markkenan had 18 points and eight rebounds in the half for the Cavs.

The Nuggets withstood a rally by Cleveland and held on for an 87-78 lead entering the final quarter.

Caris LeVert's 3-pointer capped a 21-6 run to narrow Denver's lead to 98-97 with 5:38 remaining in regulation.

Garland's layup handed the Cavs a brief 102-100 lead with 4:20 left. Nokic followed with a layup to knot the score.

Nokic's layup with 43 seconds left in the fourth period sent the game into overtime tied at 107.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Denver   Cleveland
Nikola Jokic 32 Scoring Lauri Markkanen 31
Nikola Jokic 8 Assists Darius Garland 14
Nikola Jokic 10 Rebounds Evan Mobley 11
Jeff Green 4 Free Throws Made Darius Garland 5
Nah'Shon Hyland 3 Steals Lauri Markkanen 4
Aaron Gordon 1 Blocks Evan Mobley 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Denver 116 50.0 10-33 14-18 35 51 3 6 19
Cleveland 119 44.9 14-37 17-26 31 46 4 11 11
Upcoming Games
  • Cleveland will play their next game at home against Detroit. The Cavaliers have a W/L % of .600 after a win and .533 after a loss.
  • Denver will play their next game at home against Boston. The Nuggets have a W/L % of .605 after a win and .571 after a loss.