Cleveland Cavaliers center Evan Mobley became the first Cavs rookie to score 25+ points with 5+ rebounds and 5+ assists since Kyrie Irving in 2012. Mobley wasn't the only one to go off as Ricky Rubio also had a historic performance for Cleveland.
It was a big night for the @cavs at The Garden.
Evan Mobley became the 1st Cavs rookie with 25 Pts, 5 Reb & 5 Ast since Kyrie Irving in 2012.
And Ricky Rubio became the 6th player with 35 points and 10 assists off the bench since starters have been recorded. pic.twitter.com/UphY6s75Aa
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 8, 2021
Rubio finished with 37 points, hitting 8-9 from deep. He also dropped 10 assists, helping the Cavs defeat the Knicks 126-109 Sunday.
Ricky Rubio became just the sixth player to come off the bench and record 35 or more points and 10 or more assists in a game.
There have been some great performances in the Garden over the years, but clearly Darius Garland came away very impressed tonight.
The Cavaliers have been a great story and a big surprise. Following the win over the Knicks, the Cavs sit at 7-4, 6th in the Eastern Conference. This was thought to be a rebuilding year for the Cavs.
Upon further examination of the team, this might not be a mirage. Evan Mobley, as a rookie, is showing signs that Cleveland made the right choice when drafting him.
Collin Sexton and Darius Garland make a formidable back court, mixing scoring and play-making ability.
Then there is Jarret Allen. Allen is becoming a beast on the low block. He is averaging over 14 points and 11 rebounds per game, shooting an astounding 71% from the field. In November, he has been ever better, putting up over 20 points per game and snatching 16 boards per game.
There is a long way to go in this NBA season, but if the youth of this Cavs team continues to play at this level, they might just be there at the end.