Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports
Credit Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Jarrett Allen scored 24 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers concluded a challenging road trip with a 113-110 (40-21, 25-28, 23-27, 25-34) victory against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night.

Player of the Game
Jarrett  Allen
EFF
36
Jarrett Allen
Points 24
Accuracy 9-13
Rebounds 16
Assists 2

Lauri Markkanen provided 21 points and Collin Sexton added 17 points for the Cavaliers, who had to hold off a furious rally from Charlotte.

Cleveland's Darius Garland, who made clutch free throws, ended with 16 points and Evan Mobley posted 15 points and 10 rebounds. Cedi Osman poured in 13 points off the bench, making four of his five 3-point attempts.

LaMelo Ball's 30 points and Terry Rozier's 23 points paced the Hornets, who were coming off a victory against the Portland Trail Blazers a night earlier. P.J. Washington had 18 points off the bench, Miles Bridges chipped in with 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds and Cody Martin added 10 points for Charlotte.

The Hornets used a 10-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to close within 101-94. Markkanen's 3-pointer ended the rally.

However, Ball's three-point play with 2:50 remaining made it 106-100. Rozier's 3-pointer cut the deficit to 107-103 with 2:04 to go.

Allen made three of four free-throw attempts in the last two minutes, but Rozier's layup trimmed the gap to 110-108 with 20.2 seconds left. Garland responded with a pair of free throws and later sank another foul shot before Bridges' potential tying heave was off the mark.

Cleveland, which wrapped up a 3-2, coast-to-coast road trip, has won four of its last six games.

The Cavaliers sizzled early on, building a 40-21 bulge through the first quarter.

By halftime, the Hornets had more 3-point baskets and more rebounds than Cleveland, but that didn't matter. Allen made eight of his nine shots from the field while scoring 17 first-half points. Charlotte committed 13 turnovers before the break.

All five Cleveland starters held double-digit point totals by midway through the third quarter. Just two nights earlier in a loss at Phoenix, the top scorer and rebounder for the Cavaliers both came off the bench.

It was the second meeting of the season between the teams, with the Hornets having won in each team's second game of the season on Oct. 22 in Cleveland.

Charlotte Hornets: LaMelo Ball 30 (12/22 FG, 7 REB, 6 AST), Rozier 23 (9/22 FG), P.J. Washington 18 (6/9 FG), Bridges 13.

Cleveland Cavaliers: Jarrett Allen 24 (9/13 FG, 16 REB), Markkanen 21 (7/19 FG, 8 REB), Sexton 17 (5/17 FG), Garland 16, Mobley 15 (10 REB).

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Charlotte Hornets
Cleveland Cavaliers
41%
42/102
Field goals
43%
39/90
58
Rebounds
69
27
Assists
21
12
Steals
12
17
Turnovers
16
43%
27/63
2-pointers
48%
30/62

Best players

LaMelo  Ball
30 PTS
12/22 FG
1/1 FT
Jarrett  Allen
24 PTS
9/13 FG
6/9 FT
Miles  Bridges
9 REB
7 DREB
2 OREB
Jarrett  Allen
16 REB
10 DREB
6 OREB
Miles  Bridges
8 As
3 TO
36 MIN
Ricard  Rubio
8 As
3 TO
25 MIN
LaMelo  Ball
29 EFF
50% 2P%
63% 3P%
Jarrett  Allen
36 EFF
69% 2P%
- 3P%