DALLAS (AP) — Jarrett Allen and Lauri Markkanen notched season highs with 28 and 24 points respectively, and the Cleveland Cavaliers dominated the Dallas Mavericks for a 114-96 win on Monday night — their most lopsided win of the season.
Allen also had 14 rebounds, while Darius Garland added 18 points for the Cavaliers. Their largest lead was 31 points midway through the fourth quarter, when Markkanen’s fifth 3-pointer put Cleveland ahead 104-73.
Luka Doncic posted his second triple-double of the season with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Doncic made a season-high seven 3-pointers (7 of 11), while his teammates went 4 for 28 from behind the arc.
Maxi Kleber matched a season high with 13 points off the bench for the Mavericks (10-9), who have lost five of their last six games. Kristaps Porzingis had nine points, five rebounds and four blocks -– the latter all in the first half. Porzingis left midway through the second half with a right ankle sprain.
Cleveland also outrebounded Dallas 49-33, had a 60-46 advantage in points in the paint and outshot the Mavericks 56.3% to 43.8%.
Dallas dropped into fifth place in the West, one-half game behind the Los Angeles Clippers. Cleveland moved into a three-way tie for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Cavaliers: They’re 6-4 on the road through 21 games. They reached six road victories last season after 44 games. … Cleveland was missing reserve forwards Cedi Osman (lower back soreness) and Dean Wade (calf strain).
Mavericks : Doncic shot better from 3-point range in the first half (4 for 6) than on 2-pointers (1 for 5) or free throws (0 for 2). … Reserve guard Jalen Brunson returned after missing a game and a half with an injured left foot. … In addition to Willie Cauley-Stein being out, reserve guard Frank Ntilikina missed his third consecutive game with a right calf strain.
Cavaliers: At Miami on Wednesday for the middle of a three-game trip.
Mavericks: At New Orleans on Wednesday.
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