The New York Knicks continued their hot run of form against an unbeaten Cavaliers team. The Knicks held the lead for almost the entirety of the game and seemed dominant throughout. The whole team clicked perfectly, as Julius Randle led the way with a triple-double. The New York Knicks closed the game with a 95-86 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Julius Randle Continues To Dominate
Since the beginning of the season, Knicks fans have seen a completely new player in Randle. He’s been a leader on the court and has clearly become a much better passer. However, this game was surely his best, as he walked off with a triple-double. He had 28 points, along with 12 rebounds and eleven assists. The power forward has been given the chance to show what he’s capable of, due to injury problems with rookie Obi Toppin. If Randle continues to play at this level and keeping all teammates involved, he could get his team a ticket to the play-in tournament.
Reggie Bullock And Elfrid Payton Continue To Impress
Julius Randle wasn’t the only one who put on a show in Cleveland. Reggie Bullock and Elfrid Payton additionally played a large part in the win away from home. Bullock was very consistent from behind the arc and finished with 17 points. Furthermore, the small forward played aggressive defense throughout the game and could be a key player in coming games for the Knicks.
Along with Bullock, Elfrid Payton continued to impress. The point guard was a fantastic playmaker and was making plenty of shots, finishing with 14 points. However, he struggled to cut down on turnovers and allowed the Cavs opportunities to get back into the game.
Knicks Displayed Some Flaws vs Cavaliers
Despite beating an unbeaten Cavaliers young team, the Knicks seemed sloppy at times. They were prone to turnovers and continuously allowed the Cavaliers to go on runs against them. Finishing with 26 turnovers, there is still clearly a large amount of work to be done. If however, the Knicks are able to cut down or on their turnovers and get themselves to under ten each game, they can become a dangerous team.
This Knicks win against the Cavaliers brings them to 2-2, and eighth in the Eastern Conference. The team heads to Toronto next to take on the Raptors in their fifth game of the season. The Raptors are currently winless and will be looking to grab their first victory of the season.