Julius Randle Leads Knicks to Second-Half Victory Over Short-Handed Cavaliers
By Ayyanali Gavandi
Julius Randle records a double-double for the New York Knicks in their win against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Knicks outscore the Cavaliers 51-39 in the second half.
The two teams are set to face each other again the following night in New York.
Jalen Brunson and RJ Barrett contribute 19 and 16 points, respectively.
Immanuel Quickley (18 points) and Isaiah Hartenstein (13 points) make significant bench contributions.
Donovan Mitchell leads the Cavaliers with 26 points.
The Cavaliers played without key players due to injuries: Darius Garland, Caris LeVert, and Jarrett Allen.
Mitchell's early scoring gives the Cavaliers a brief lead in the first quarter.
The Knicks end the first quarter with a 28-24 lead.
The Knicks establish a double-digit lead in the second quarter, but the Cavaliers rally to reduce the gap.
New York ends the first half with a 58-52 lead.
The Cavaliers trim the deficit in the third quarter but struggle to score, allowing the Knicks to take control.
Randle and Brunson lead the Knicks in a 24-10 run during the third quarter.
The Cavaliers have a cold shooting spell in the third quarter, going 0-for-11 with four turnovers.