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December 29, 2020- Cleveland Cavaliers go down against New York Knicks

Cavaliers and Knicks regular season game recap

During Tuesday evening’s match, the Cleveland Cavaliers were bested by the New York Knicks 86-95 at home in Cleveland, OH at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. No players on the Cavaliers were inactive for the game. Simultaneously, Alec Burks was out for the Knicks. The defeat brings the Cavaliers to 0-1 in the series against the Knicks and to 3-1 in the regular season.

On the Cavaliers, Andre Drummond had 18 points, going 7/13 (53.8%) from the field in 33:28. Drummond also had an outstanding team-high 17 rebounds, pulled off a striking 6 blocks, and grabbed 3 steals. Collin Sexton had a team-high 20 points in 40:35, although he had trouble shooting, going 6/17 (35.3%) from the field. In addition to points, Sexton also passed out 4 assists. Darius Garland scored 17 points in 37:02, albeit he had trouble making shots, shooting 6/18 (33.3%) from the field. Additionally, Garland also made a team-high 6 assists and added 5 rebounds. Other pivotal contributors included Larry Nance Jr. (who managed to grab 6 rebounds and added 4 steals) and JaVale McGee (who managed to grab 9 rebounds).

On the Knicks, Julius Randle recorded a team-high 28 points, scoring 9/16 (56.2%) from the field and 4/4 (100%) from the three point mark in 44:08. Additionally, Randle also managed to grab an admirable team-high 12 rebounds and got a decent team-high 11 assists. Additional important performances were achieved by Reggie Bullock (who boasted 17 points and added an admirable 7 rebounds),Mitchell Robinson (who pulled down an admirable 10 rebounds),RJ Barrett (who added an admirable 7 rebounds),Elfrid Payton (who managed to pull down an admirable 8 rebounds and made a decent 7 assists), and Nerlens Noel (who had an admirable 7 rebounds and added 3 blocks).

1st Quarter

The Cavaliers struggled at the start of the 1st Quarter, going 5/13 from the field and 0/5 from deep in the first half of the quarter for a total of 10 points. Power Forward Larry Nance Jr. was among those who had a sluggish start to the quarter, shooting 0/2 from the field and 0/2 from three for no points. Center Andre Drummond added 8 points, got 1 block, added 1 steal, and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Knicks had trouble as well at the start of the quarter, shooting 4/9 from the field and 2/2 from the three point mark for a total of 10 points. Shooting Guard RJ Barrett was among those on the Knicks who floundered at the beginning of the quarter, shooting 1/4 from the field and 0/0 from deep for 2 points. Small Forward Julius Randle recorded 5 points, made 2 assists, and managed to grab 1 rebound.

After the dismal start to the 1st Quarter, the Cavaliers continued to stuggle further to round off the quarter, boasting 5 points while going 1/12 from the field and 0/5 from deep. The Knicks, meanwhile, had no trouble closing up the period, recording 19 points on 7/13 shooting (3/6 from three). The 1st Quarter finished with the Cavaliers trailing the Knicks by 14 points (15-29). Julius Randle was the most substantial contributor of the quarter, scoring 14 points. On the Cavaliers, Andre Drummond scored 8 points.

2nd Quarter

Down by 14, the Cavaliers stayed determined as they shot 7/12 from the field and 2/4 from the three point mark in the first half of the quarter for a total of 19 points. Shooting Guard Collin Sexton was a major player in this principled start as he recorded 7 points on 2/3 shooting (1/1 from three). Sexton also swiped 1 steal in addition to points. On the other hand, the Knicks had trouble at the start of the quarter, making 3/8 from the field and 2/2 from the three point mark for a total of 10 points. Small Forward Julius Randle was among those on the Knicks who had issues at the start of the quarter, shooting 0/2 from the field and 0/0 from the three point mark for no points. Kevin Knox II got 3 points. Frank Ntilikina had 3 points and got 1 assist.

Despite the dependable start to the 2nd Quarter, the Cavaliers struggled shooting to wrap up the period, boasting 12 points while going 5/13 from the field and 0/3 from deep. The Knicks also had trouble closing up the period, gaining 14 points on 4/9 shooting (3/6 from three). The 2nd Quarter ended with the Cavaliers down by 7 points (46-53). Collin Sexton was the most substantial contributor of the quarter, scoring 9 points. On the Knicks, Reggie Bullock scored 8 points.

3rd Quarter

The 3rd Quarter was set off with the Cavaliers struggling to get things going, shooting 4/9 from the field and 3/4 from deep in the first half of the quarter for a total of 12 points. In like manner, the Knicks also had issues at the start of the quarter, making 3/13 from the field and 0/1 from deep for a total of 9 points. Point Guard Elfrid Payton was one player on the Knicks who had a sluggish start to the quarter, shooting 1/3 from the field and 0/0 from deep for 2 points. Center Mitchell Robinson boasted 5 points, added 1 block, and managed to pull down 4 rebounds.

Following the bad start to the 3rd Quarter, the Cavaliers continued to show more of the same to round off the period, recording 6 points while going 2/13 from the field and 0/6 from the three point mark. The Knicks also had problems finishing up the period, boasting 9 points on 3/8 shooting (0/2 from three). The 3rd Quarter finished with the Cavaliers trailing the Knicks by 7 points (64-71). Darius Garland was the main contributor of the quarter, scoring 9 points. On the Knicks, Mitchell Robinson scored 7 points.

4th Quarter

The 4th Quarter began with the Cavaliers having trouble getting things going, shooting 3/8 from the field and 1/2 from deep in the first half of the quarter for a total of 9 points. Small Forward Cedi Osman was one player who struggled starting the quarter, shooting 0/2 from the field and 0/0 from the three point mark for 2 points. JaVale McGee had 3 points and pulled down 1 rebound. The Knicks had issues as well in the first half of the quarter, scoring 5/12 from the field and 1/2 from three for a total of 11 points. Shooting Guard RJ Barrett was one of the players on the Knicks who had trouble contributing at the start of the quarter, shooting 2/4 from the field and 0/0 from three for 4 points. Point Guard Elfrid Payton added 7 points, had 1 assist, and had 2 rebounds.

Despite the dismal start to the 4th Quarter, the Cavaliers improved their shooting to wrap up the quarter, recording 13 points while going 5/8 from the field and 1/3 from the three point mark. The Knicks also faced no issues while finishing out the period, scoring 13 points on 5/7 shooting (3/4 from three). The Cavaliers lost against the Knicks 86-95. Elfrid Payton was the largest contributor of the quarter, scoring 10 points. On the Cavaliers, Collin Sexton scored 6 points.

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