The New York Knicks were in Cleveland Wednesday night on ESPN to take on the Cavs. The Knicks came into the night 2-2 with spotty shooting from their star Carmelo Anthony. The Cavs were 3-1 heading into the night. Notable inactives for the game included Arron Afflalo of the Knicks and Kyrie Irving and former Knick Iman Shumpert of the Cavs.
The Knicks got off to a fast and hot start closing out the first quarter up 32-18. However, the Knicks were outscored 76-54 over the next three quarters and fell to the Cavs by a final score of 96-86.
Carmelo Anthony continued his spotty shooting with a 6-18 effort from the floor. He did however hit 2-5 from three point range, good for 40%. His final line for the night was 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Kristaps Porzingis, the 4th overall pick in the draft, had himself an ok night for just his 5th NBA game. Porzingis finished the night with 13 points on 6-11 shooting with 4 rebounds and 2 blocked shots in just 20 minutes. One thing the Knicks should and will continue to monitor are his silly fouls. Porzingis picked up 5 personal fouls in just 20 minutes which he’ll need to cut back if he wants to play 30+ minutes a night. The Knicks continue to get great bench production from second year undrafted guard Langston Galloway. In 28 minutes, Galloway scored 12 points on 4-9 shooting including 3-5 from three point range. He also added 4 rebounds and 2 steals.
LeBron James struggled from the field for the Cavs shooting just 9-23 for 23 points. A frustrated LeBron ripped the sleeves of his jersey due to discomfort when shooting. Both Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson chipped in for the Cavs with double-doubles. Love finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds while Thompson had 10 points and 13 rebounds. Mo Williams added 22 points starting at point guard for the injured Kyrie Irving.
The Knicks hope to have Arron Afflalo back soon. Afflalo brings more scoring punch to the lineup as well as a solid wing defender. The Knicks will head home to square off with the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday. The Bucks have struggled early but are welcoming players back like last years 2nd overall pick Jabari Parker.