Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland sounded off on Cavs guard Donovan Mitchell’s recent stretch of scoring 40 points or more following a 117-113 win over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday, Cleveland.com Cavs reporter Chris Fedor wrote in a Wednesday article.
“This s— is crazy, excuse my language,” said Garland. “But man, it’s really dope to see. A lot of buckets. I mean, I don’t know what to say.”
Donovan Mitchell dropped 43 points against the Magic in the Amway Center, fighting his way through Orlando’s interior defenders and remaining confident on the 3-point line as he sank 15 of his 23 shots and five of his nine long-range attempts. The 26-year-old All-Star guard earned the Junkyard Dog chain after his dominant performance, which saw him score 40 points or more for the fourth-straight game.
“He dominated the game tonight,” Cavs head coach JB Bickerstaff said. “There was no answer for Donovan Mitchell tonight. The defense knows where the ball is going. But he has the ability to make the play. When you have a guy who can carry you in the biggest of moments, it gives you a chance no matter what.”
Donovan Mitchell’s scoring run made him the first player since now-Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden to score 40 points in four games in a row.
Mitchell now has 13 games of 40 points or more under his belt, highlighted by a Cleveland record-breaking performance when he scored 71 points against the Chicago Bulls in early January. He started his most recent scoring streak with a 44-point game against the Atlanta Hawks, where he knocked down 15 of his 33 attempts and five of his 12 shots from beyond the arc in a two-point loss at State Farm Arena.
The Cavs will tip off against the Magic at 7 p.m. EDT on Thursday in the Amway Center. The game will be broadcasted on Bally Sports Ohio.