Cavs Crush Knicks in Vegas Finale
Less than 24 hours after turning in their least inspiring performance of Summer League, the Wine and Gold bounced back – clobbering the Knicks, 98-64, to wrap up their stint in the Sin City invitational at 3-2.
The Cavaliers achieved that winning record without their presumptive starting point guard, Kyrie Irving, for the entire week and the player slotted a shooting guard, Dion Waiters, for the final two games.
Waiters sat out his second straight contest with a sore left knee after an awkward play on Tuesday night against the Suns. Luckily, the Cavaliers didn’t need his scoring punch – going wire-to-wire against New York’s summer squad.
Tristan Thompson led the Cavaliers with 13 points, despite not playing much of the second half after being poked in the right eye. Last year’s No. 4 overall pick was 5-for-7 from the floor.
A trio of Cavaliers chipped in with a dozen points in the victory.
Tyler Zeller came back from a pair of rough shooting games to go 4-for-7 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the stripe, adding five boards and a pair of steals. Justin Holiday, who had a solid week for Cleveland off the bench, was 5-of-9 with a pair of steals. Luke Harangody also added a dozen, following up a strong effort from the previous evening’s loss to Minnesota.
Samardo Samuels , who does well against the Knicks at seemingly any time of the year, led both squads with 13 boards.
The Cavaliers will go their separate ways for a while – with involuntary workouts down at the Cleveland Clinic Courts in Independence – before Training Camp tips off in late September.