Darius Garland Career High: On Sunday night, All-Star point guard Darius Garland was focused on the scoreboard rather than his stats. He was pleasantly surprised.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were defeated by the Minnesota Timberwolves 129-124 despite Garland scoring a career-high 51 points, 27 of which came in the fourth quarter. He also made a career-high 10 3-pointers. Late in the third, Cleveland was behind 99-75.
Garland admitted, “I didn’t even know I had 50 until I went to the bench. I had no idea because I was focused solely on winning the game. “This set of guys is lovely because of that. Nobody is interested in specific figures. All eyes are on the team.
Garland’s point total, which momentarily surpassed Memphis’ Ja Morant’s 49 against Houston on October 21, was the highest in the NBA this season. A little over an hour later, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid beat the Utah Jazz 105-98 with 59 points.
LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each have 57 points, a franchise high for the Cavaliers. Garland came four points short of Irving and James Harden’s Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse record. Cleveland forward Kevin Love praised Darius for his “incredible performance, master class, and we’re hoping for many more from him.” “That was lovely. All you can hope for is that he stayed in his spots, kept us there, and gave us a chance.
Garland joined James (nine times), Irving (twice), and Walt Wesley as the fourth Cavaliers player to reach 50 points in a game (once). His 10 three-pointers were one shy of Kyrie Irving’s team record and surpassed his previous game-high.
Donovan Mitchell and Jarrett Allen, two injured All-Stars for Cleveland who dropped its fourth game in a row, did not participate. Allen missed the game due to a painful left ankle, while Mitchell missed it due to an injured right ankle.
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 29 points, D’Angelo Russell scored a season-high 30 points, and both players contributed 12 assists to the Timberwolves’ victory against Garland.
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According to Minnesota coach Chris Finch, Garland is a fantastic young athlete who recently went on a tear. You have to work hard because once guys like him get hot, there is no stopping them. But after a victory, I’m not here to pick on our team’s players.
With 8.3 seconds left, Garland scored two free throws to bring Cleveland within 126-124, but Russell converted from the line to make the score 127-124. After Kevin Love mishandled the ensuing inbounds pass, Taurean Prince sank two free throws to secure the victory.
Towns pulled down 13 rebounds, Russell made 11 of 13 shots, including 4 of 5 three-pointers, and Minnesota ended a three-game losing streak. Rudy Gobert contributed 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Prince scored 19 points off the bench.
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Who Is Darius Garland?
American professional basketball player Darius Kinnard Garland, born January 26, 2000, plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He represented the Vanderbilt Commodores in college basketball.
Garland, whose hometown is Gary, Indiana, was named after his father, former NBA player Winston Garland. Garland graduated from Brentwood Academy’s high school as a four-time state champion and three-time Tennessee Mr. Basketball winner after joining the varsity basketball team in the eighth grade. He was a McDonald’s All-American, a five-star recruit, and one of the top point guards in the 2018 class.
Garland, the best recruit in program history, committed to Vanderbilt. A meniscus injury ended his college career after five games, forcing him to quit the team and get ready for the NBA draft. Garland received a lot of criticism for his play during his first season and was selected to his first NBA All-Star Game in 2022.
How Did Darius Garland Start His NBA Career?
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The Cleveland Cavaliers chose Garland as the fifth overall choice in the 2019 NBA Draft. Following the selection of Zion Williamson by the New Orleans Pelicans, Ja Morant by the Memphis Grizzlies, RJ Barrett by the New York Knicks, and De’Andre Hunter by the Los Angeles Lakers before he was moved, Garland was chosen.
In the backcourt, he was selected to partner with Collin Sexton. The goal was to build the Cavaliers’ future backcourt around Sexton and youngster Corey Garland as they faced the Bucks, Bulls, and Pacers in the Central division. Garland and fellow Cavs rookie picks Dylan Windler and Kevin Porter Jr. were all signed soon after the draft.
The coronavirus epidemic ended Garland’s first season after the Cavaliers had played 65 games. Garland participated in 59 of the team’s games and started all 59 of them.
In almost 31 minutes of action per game, he averaged 12.3 points and 3.9 assists. Each rookie’s first four months in the league saw an uptick in his scoring average, which peaked in January 2020 at 14.4 points per game.
Garland’s rookie season had its ups and downs like any other. While shooting 3-11 against the Clippers and averaging five points per game in three games against the Boston Celtics were undoubtedly low points for Garland, he has also shown that he can defeat some of the best teams in the league.
High topics in his rookie season included 18 points against the Denver Nuggets and a 50% shooting performance against Russell Westbrook and the Houston Rockets.