NEW YORK (AP) – Rookie guard Immanuel Quickley scored 25 points off the bench, leading the New York Knicks to a 102-81 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.
Quickley was one of five players to score in double figures for New York, which snapped a three-game losing streak. RJ Barrett scored 24 points, Julius Randle finished with 16 and Austin Rivers 13.
While New York appeared to get back on track, Cleveland lost for the third time in four games. Darius Garland scored 24 points, Collin Sexton added 17 and Jarrett Allen 15.
“We just didn’t bring it tonight,” Garland said.
New York’s defence proved troublesome for Cleveland, which was held to a season low in points.
After a sluggish opening 12 minutes, the Knicks went into the half with a 47-33 lead. New York outscored the Cavaliers 28-16 in the second quarter and limited Cleveland to six-of-19 shooting from the field.
For the game, New York held the Cavaliers to 34.9 per cent shooting.
While Cleveland was misfiring, the Knicks built on their advantage. New York ended the third quarter on a 12-1 run, highlighted by Quickley’s 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds left that extended the lead to 72-55.
Quickley’s alley-oop to Nerlens Noel for a one-handed slam with 8:29 left in the fourth allowed New York to stretch the lead to 19 at 84-65.