NYK 114, CLE 95: Hardaway Jr. Explodes for 34 in Knicks Exhilarating Road Win
How It Happened:
Riding the momentum from Friday’s dominating win over Brooklyn, the Knicks marched into Cleveland and knocked off the defending Eastern Conference champs, 114-95. From the opening tip, New York controlled the tempo as the road crew jumped out to a 29-19 after one quarter of action against the Cavaliers. The Knicks connected on a 51 percent of their attempts from the floor in the first half while burring 6-of-15 shots beyond the arc en route to a 62-54 halftime advantage. When Cleveland mounted any comeback attempt, the orange and blue had the answer, especially in the crucial third quarter where New York outscored the Cavaliers 30-21. The Knicks defense held an opponent under 100 points for the second straight game and limited LeBron James to just 16 points. New York racked up its second straight win and improved to 2-3 on the season and Cleveland dropped to 3-4.
Knick of the Night:
Hardaway Jr. caught fire in The Land by exploding for 24 of his 34 points in the first half of action. The Knicks shooting guard drilled 11-of-19 shots from the floor, 5-of-10 from downtown, dished out eight assists, grabbed four boards, and recorded two steals in the win.
Kristaps Porzingis continued his offensive assault on the league with 32 points to go along with 12 rebounds. Enes Kanter (18p, 12r) and Courtney Lee (15p, 10r) also recorded double-doubles on Sunday evening in Cleveland.
News and Notes:
Jarrett Jack started at the point guard spot after earning the nod on Friday night in New York. The signal caller led the Knicks with nine dimes in 33 minutes.
A theme is developing with New York’s ability to pound the glass. The Knicks outrebounded the Cavaliers 51-41 and outscored the home team 19-9 in second chance points.
The Knicks return to the Garden tomorrow night for a home matchup against the Denver Nuggets. Tipoff set for 7:30p on MSG Network.