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CLEVELAND — Darius Garland scored 41 points, Donovan Mitchell added 34 and the Cleveland Cavaliers survived a fourth-quarter meltdown to beat the Charlotte Hornets 132-122 in double overtime and endure a five-game losing streak on Friday night.

The Cavs extended a 10-point lead in the final 52 seconds of regulation as the Hornets scored four 3-pointers, the last of which was an off-balance jump by Terry Rozier deep in the corner by 1.1 seconds to bring everything up to 105.

Charlotte, who lost 10 of 11, had a chance to win it in the first five-minute session, but Rozier missed a contested jumper just short of the horn and the teams went to second OT with 120 points.

The Cavs regrouped and dominated the final five minutes, besting the Hornets 12-2 while enduring more growing pains.

Cleveland also got 20 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks and a needed lift from all-star center Jarrett Allen, who was back after missing two games with an unspecified illness. Evan Mobley had 21 points and a career-high 18 rebounds.

Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 34 points before fouling in the second OT and Rozier had 28 for the Hornets, who were missing All-Star guard LaMelo Ball due to a sprained ankle sustained against Indiana on Wednesday. X-rays were negative and he is only expected to miss a couple of games.

Gordon Hayward returned after missing eight games with a shoulder bruise and scored 13 for Charlotte, falling to 4-13.

Dropped 10 points with a minute left, the Hornets fought back by making three consecutive 3-pointers to draw within 105-102 with 18.8 seconds remaining. After a turnover, Rozier hit his game-winning 3 as the Hornets stunned the Cavs and their home crowd.

Trying to shake his team from their recent spark, Cavs coach JB Bickerstaff tweaked his lineup, using Lamar Stevens, more of a defender than a goalscorer, against Caris LeVert, who came on as a substitute after 14 games in the top five.

The move provided an early spark as the Cavs started 9-of-10 from the floor and built a 14-point lead after a quarter.

More importantly, Cleveland played better defense that had been limp during the hurl.


Hornets: Numerous injuries and especially their timing contributed to Charlotte’s struggles in the preseason. Coach Steve Clifford has said in the past he would “freak” if he didn’t have players available but understands he needs to have a stable presence. … Ball and Magic Johnson are the only players to have averaged 17 points, six rebounds, six assists and 1.5 steals in their first 100 games.

Cavaliers: Garland had a career-high with five steals and tied for his career-worst with eight turnovers. … Garland and Bickerstaff were both called out for technical fouls in the third quarter.

… F Dean Wade missed his fourth straight game with a knee infection. Bickerstaff said Wade is being treated with antibiotics and has made progress. … G Ricky Rubio has been moving well while training on the floor before the game as he moves towards returning from knee surgery.


Hornets: Visit Washington on Sunday.

Cavaliers: host Miami on Sunday.

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