Mozgov was hit with foul trouble early in the second half, and after receiving his fourth foul soon after play resumed following halftime, he was hit with a technical foul on his way to the bench. He still managed to put together his first double-double in the last eight games, blocking one shot in the loss and scoring in double digits for the fifth time in six February games. Mozgov has a matchup with the Wizards on tap coming out of the All-Star break.
Mozgov did all of his damage in less than three quarters. He left the game for good with 3:22 left in the third and the Cavs leading by 31. The Clippers rallied in the fourth against the Cavalier bench to cut the lead to a respectable final score.
Mozgov shot 5-of-7 from the floor and earned four of his rebounds on the offensive glass.
The Cavaliers play next on Friday at the Pacers.
James feels the addition of
"It's funny, I was talking to my friend the other day and I said he's probably the best, as far as big, true big," James said, per Cleveland.com. "You know, Chris Bosh is a great big, Kevin Love is a great big. But I'm talking about a true, 7-foot, big guy. He's probably the best one I've played with since Z (Zydrunas Ilgauskas).
"They have different skill sets, but they both have skill. They know how to play. Some times you get a lot of bigs that are just big. He knows how to play and it's great to have him out there."
Mozgov has had double-doubles in back-to-back games.
"He's going to be on the scouting report," James said of Mozgov. "Once you're on the scouting report, you start hitting the opposing team's scouting report then you know you're starting to do some good things. And he's going to be on that. He's a walking double-double."
He is averaging 9.3 points and 9.0 rebounds in six games since his acquisition.
"I think since he’s came in here, he’s applied himself extremely well," coach Dave Blatt said, per the team's official website. "He’s fit right in and he’s a great fit for our team. The skill set that he has and his activity level is just a great fit for our team. We’ll miss Andy Varejao for a good period of time. We played not a short period of time without our starting center but obviously when Timo (Timofey) came in, he filled a big void and he’s just applied himself extremely well."
Mozgov, who had nine points and eight rebounds in his Cavs' debut, will visit Phoenix on Tuesday.
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