Knicks silence Cavaliers at MSG to take 2-1 sequence lead

Jalen Brunson scored 21 factors, RJ Barrett broke out of a hunch with 19 and the New York Knicks held the Cleveland Cavaliers to the bottom level complete within the NBA this season, rolling to a 2-1 lead within the first-round playoff sequence with a 99-79 victory Friday evening.

The Knicks emphatically bounced again from a loss in Sport 2 and moved midway to their first sequence victory since 2013. They led by 27 factors within the fourth quarter, when a sold-out crowd of 19,812 at Madison Sq. Backyard was so loud there was little probability of listening to a lot of what the general public handle announcer was saying — particularly as seldom-used veteran Derrick Rose was checking into the sport to an enormous ovation.

Josh Hart added 13 factors for the fifth-seeded Knicks, who host Sport 4 on Sunday. They turned the primary staff to permit fewer than 80 factors through the common season or postseason.

Donovan Mitchell scored 22 factors for the Cavs, who by no means gave themselves an opportunity with their most inept offensive efficiency of the season. They hadn’t been held beneath 80 factors all season, with their worst effort 81 factors, additionally on the Knicks on Dec. 4.


Jalen Brunson flexing

New York Knicks’ Jalen Brunson celebrates after scoring towards the Cleveland Cavaliers through the second half of Sport 3 in an NBA basketball first-round playoff sequence Friday, April 21, 2023, in New York. The Knicks received 99-79.  (Alokito Mymensingh 24 Photograph/Frank Franklin II)

Darius Garland, who scored 32 factors in Sport 2, managed simply 10 on 4-for-21 capturing. Caris LeVert, moved into the beginning lineup after scoring 24 in that 107-90 victory, missed all six photographs within the first half earlier than approaching late for 17 factors.

Barrett was simply 6 for 25 within the first two video games, however his shot was falling, and he aggressively drove to the basket to get himself going. Plus, among the Cavs’ 21 turnovers despatched Barrett and the Knicks off to simple transition baskets.

It was simply the second time the playoffs got here to Madison Sq. Backyard within the final 10 years and followers liked it, a sport that seemed extra like one thing performed by the beloved Nineties Knicks, who had the Backyard rocking deep in lots of springs with their rugged model of basketball.

Our bodies crashed to the ground or into one another, and now and again the ball went into the basket.

Jalen Brunson layup

New York Knicks’ Jalen Brunson (11) drives previous Cleveland Cavaliers’ Cedi Osman through the first half of Sport 3 in an NBA basketball first-round playoff sequence Friday, April 21, 2023, in New York.  (Alokito Mymensingh 24 Photograph/Frank Franklin II)


The Cavs had 13 baskets and 12 turnovers at halftime, when the Knicks’ 4-for-19 capturing from behind the arc seemed virtually scorching in comparison with the Cavs’ 2-for-19 effort.

The groups mixed to overlook 20 of 23 3-pointers in a primary quarter that ended tied at 17, and Garland (0 for 8) and Julius Randle (0 for five) could not hit from wherever.

The Knicks ran off six straight factors within the second to open a 38-27 lead when Brunson stole the ball from Mitchell and dunked it, then bought the ultimate 5 of the half on a 3-pointer by Immanuel Quickley and one other dunk off a Mitchell turnover, this one by Barrett, to make it 45-32.

The offenses bought going within the third quarter, with each groups capturing above 50% and LeVert scoring 11 factors. The Cavs bought inside single digits earlier than the Knicks closed the interval on an 8-0 run to take a 72-55 lead.

It was a tough first playoff sport again house for Mitchell, who was born in Elmsford, New York, not removed from the place the Knicks follow, and thought he is likely to be a Knick final summer time earlier than Utah as an alternative traded him to Cleveland.

He stated he minimize off communication with some buddies who had been Knicks followers and left some group chats so there could be no distractions. Often warmly obtained within the enviornment, the followers even turned on the All-Star guard, loudly chanting “airball! airball!” when he was properly off on a 3-pointer within the second quarter.

However after handing out a career-high 13 assists in Sport 2, the Cavs wanted him to maintain capturing Friday with no one else hitting. He wasn’t a lot both, going 2 for 8 behind the arc, the place Cleveland completed 7 for 33 (21%).

Obi Toppin and Jalen Brunson

Obi Toppin #1 and Jalen Brunson #11 of the New York Knicks excessive 5 throughout Spherical One Sport Three of the 2023 NBA Playoffs towards the Cleveland Cavaliers on April 21, 2023, at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York Metropolis, New York.  (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE by way of Getty Pictures)

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Cavaliers: Garland left the sport for a time within the fourth quarter after hurting his ankle when he stepped on a photographer behind the basket. … The Cavs matched their worst first half in a playoff sport, additionally scoring 32 in an 81-76 loss to the Knicks in Sport 3 of 1996 playoffs. … Isaac Okoro was benched for LeVert after capturing 1 for 7 within the two video games in Cleveland.

Knicks: Randle and Quickley every scored 11 factors. … Backup large man Jericho Sims was out with a sore proper shoulder. He hasn’t performed within the sequence.

Peter Johnson