May 23, 2024
LeBron James Dominates, Cavaliers Beat Knicks On Ring Night 117-88

New York, NY - March 26, New York Knicks Vs. Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden - New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony #7 and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James #23 watch his shot during the first quarter. March 26th, 2016. (Photo by Anthony Causi)

After trading for former MVP Derrick Rose and signing veteran players like Joakim Noah and Brandon Jennings, excitement for the Knicks season was high among many fans.

Tonight’s game in Cleveland took that air straight out of the Knicks’ sails, as they dominated New York after celebrating their 2015-16 NBA Finals win, 117-88.

Though the Knicks went into the half down just 3, a 20-4 run by the Cavs in the 3rd quarter put them ahead big, and they never looked back.

Kyrie Irving posted 19 points in that fateful 3rd quarter, and Kevin Love finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds.

The man of the night, LeBron James, went for a triple double in one of the most effortless ways I have ever seen it done.

On the Knicks side, hope has already begun to fade. It is only game one, but Brandon Jennings lackluster performance combined with the inconsistency and lack of ball movement among the entire Knicks offense was not convincing.

With that being said, it was hard to imagine them overcoming the defending world champions on the same night they raised their banner. The Cavs are the best team in the East, and I think the Knicks will look better in their subsequent games.

The Knicks are now off until Saturday, when they face the Memphis Grizzles in their home opener at Madison Square Garden.

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