Jalen Brunson helps the hosts New York Knicks record a convincing 99-79 victory over cold shooting Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round series on Friday night. He produced 21 points and 6 assists.
RJ Barrett had 19 points and 8 rebounds and Josh Hart added 13 points and 6 rebounds to give New York a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Julius Randle scored 11 points and he had eight rebounds, even though he shot 3-of-15, and Immanuel Quickley also scored his 11 points.
Donovan Mitchell had 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, while Caris Levert added 17 points.
Darius Garland had 10 points on 4-of-21 shooting, and Evan Mobley had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Cleveland and had 21 turnovers.
Game 4 is Sunday in New York.
Game 3 marked a significant turnaround for New York, which trailed by up to 29 points in Tuesday’s 107-90 Game 2 loss to Cleveland. This time, the Knicks led by 27 people.
New York shot 47% from the field in Game 3 and made 10 of 33 (30.3%) from 3-point range.
Cleveland managed to score just 32 points in the first half. The Cavaliers shot 31% in the half, and from 3-point range he was 2-of-19 (10.5%).
Cleveland trailed 72-55 after 3/4 and could not come back.
The Cavaliers were down 15 before New York’s Obi Toppin scored the first six points of an 11-2 burst, raising the Knicks’ lead to 88-64 with 6:28 remaining.
Both teams struggled in the first quarter which ended in a 17-17 draw. New York scored 26.1% for him and the Cavaliers scored 33.3% for him during this period.
The Knicks started playing better in the second quarter, taking advantage of a 15-3 surge to open a 38-27 lead with 3:43 remaining. Mitchell Robinson and Branson finished with dunks.
New York held a 45-32 advantage with a 14-point break behind Barrett. Mitchell had 12 in the half at Cleveland.
The Cavaliers showed some energy in the third quarter, trailing Mitchell’s basket 64-55 with 2:18 remaining. But Hart 15 seconds after him he responded with a 3-pointer and started a run that ended the fourth quarter with the Knicks taking a 17-point lead from him, ending 8–0.
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