There’s no denying that the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ glory days came during the LeBron James era. In particular, it was during the NBA’s all-time leading scorer’s second stint with the Cavs that brought forth the first-ever championship for this team in franchise history. Well, this current iteration of the Cavs could be in line to reach similar heights, especially after their historic feat on Tuesday night.
Donovan Mitchell and the Cavs secured another win on Tuesday, taking down the Orlando Magic, 117-113. It wasn’t just any other victory, though, as it marked Cleveland’s 50th win of the season. This is the first time this team has reached the 50-win mark in a single season since LeBron was still plying his trade with the Cavs. Naturally, this was a cause for celebration for Cleveland supporters, who for their part, have also gone through the lowest of lows through the years:
THE CAVS HAVE REACHED THE 50-WIN MARK WITHOUT LEBRON FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1993.
— Jacob 🏀⭕ (@SexIandCAVS) April 5, 2023
Donovan Mitchell has been nothing short of incredible all season for the #Cavs. Four straight games of 40-plus points. Think he's making a statement that he belongs on the All-NBA First Team.
— Danny Cunningham (@RealDCunningham) April 5, 2023
CAVS CLINCH FIRST ROUND HOME COURT!! pic.twitter.com/LTGSkIqThy
— McNeil (@Reflog_18) April 5, 2023
HOW BOUT THAT CAVS W???? pic.twitter.com/d3GFmCYOXI
— 𝚘𝚑𝚒𝚘’𝚜 𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢 𝚘𝚠𝚗 🕷️⚔️ (@OHsVeryOwn) April 5, 2023
Cavs secured home court, Mobley playing like the DPOY, Spida playing like an MVP candidate and Levert is heating up, we're here pic.twitter.com/i4ZdgSmxoi
— CollinSextonsBurner (@bV2510_) April 5, 2023
Donovan Mitchell led the charge yet again on Tuesday, going off for 43 points on 15-of-23 shooting. The 26-year-old also added five rebounds, four assists, and a block, while also connecting on five triples on the evening.
Thanks to this crucial victory, the Cavs have also secured a Top 4 finish for themselves in the East, which means that they are going to get home-court advantage in the opening round. At this point, Jalen Brunson and the New York Knicks are looking like a lock for the No. 5 seed. That should be quite the series, and you can be sure that the Cavs will be ready.