How It Happened:
The Knicks jumped out of the gate on Thursday night by building an 18-10 lead early in the first frame. However, the defending champs fired back and eventually grabbed the lead heading into the second quarter, 34-33. The second period was especially problematic for the road team as the Cavaliers outscored New York 35-18 and led by 18 at the break. Despite a 9-0 run to start the third quarter, the Cavaliers managed to hold onto the advantage throughout the final period en route to a 119-104 victory. Kryie Irving scored 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the floor to lead Cleveland while LeBron James posted a triple-double with 18 points, 15 assists, and 13 boards.
Knick of the Night:
Courtney Lee dropped 13 of his team-high 25 points in the first quarter. In 36 minutes, Lee connected on 10-of-14 from the field and 3-of-5 behind the arc.
Carmelo Anthony finished with 20 points, Derrick Rose registered 13 points, and Kyle O’Quinn grabbed 10 boards off the bench.
News and Notes:
Kristaps Porzingis left the court late in the second quarter with a sprained ankle. The second-year power forward did not return to action in the second half. Joakim Noah missed his sixth straight game due to a sore left hamstring.
The Cavaliers perimeter shooting was a clear difference-maker in tonight’s contest. The reigning champs buried 15-of-38 from downtown and Kyle Korver sunk 6-of-10 as part of the long-range assault. Cleveland also posted 42 points in the paint and shot 52.9 percent from the floor.
The Knicks will travel back to New York with one day to prepare for the visiting 76ers on Saturday night. MSG Networks will provide all of the coverage at 7:30 PM.
by Jonah Ballow