New York Knicks 70th Anniversary

CLE 119, NYK 104: Irving’s 23 and LeBron’s Triple-Double Power Cavs to Home Win

by Jonah Ballow
NYKnicks.com
@jonahballow

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.    

Notables:
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.

Statistically Speaking:
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.

Next Up:
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.