Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a game-high 34 points, Kristaps Porzingis and Enes Kanter recorded double-doubles and the New York Knicks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 114-95 on Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena.
Hardaway shot 11-of-19 from the floor and made five of 10 3-pointers in the game, as the Knicks won their second straight game.
Porzingis totaled 32 points on 13-of-27 shooting and recorded 12 rebounds, while Kanter recorded 18 points and 12 boards.
LeBron James recorded 16 points on 7-of-15 shooting, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Cavaliers, who lost their third game in a row. Derrick Rose, in his first game against his former team, scored 15 points in 31 minutes. Kevin Love recorded 22 points and 11 rebounds.
The Knicks saw a 17-point lead get cut down to six on a James layup with 8:20 remaining in the fourth, but Courtney Lee and Kanter scored all nine points in a 9-0 run that gave New York a 103-88 lead with 4:32 remaining.
Hardaway scored 10 points in the first quarter and 14 in the second as the Knicks led 62-54 at halftime.
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What an incredible win for the Knicks. This team went from 0-3 and Jeff Hornacek on the hot seat to back-to-back blowout wins, including a road win over the defending Eastern Conference champs. Hardaway played like he earned the $71 million contract the Knicks gave him. Porzingis had yet another 30-plus point game, which makes it four in five games this season. He, Lee and Kanter all had double-doubles. This was an all-around near flawless game from the Knicks.
The Knicks' defense forced the Cavaliers into a ton of contested 3-pointers. They forced 15 turnovers and took advantage on fastbreaks. This looked like a brand new team. Jarrett Jack starting has made a huge difference for them. Jack had nine assists, and the Knicks are now 2-0 in the Jack/Frank Ntilikina era. It's amazing how much better they have made this team than Ramon Sessions. Hornacek didn't even play Sessions, Willy Hernangomez or Michael Beasley, and the Knicks were dominant for a large portion of this game. It got tight in the fourth quarter, but the Knicks would go on a run to seal the deal.
New York made James nonexistent all night long; it was almost easy to forget he was on the floor. Whether it's the impact Jack and Ntilikina have had, or if it's mere frustration after the 0-3 start, but this team has played much harder and much better team ball the last two games. Nobody expects them to make the playoffs, but they expect themselves to play hard and compete, and now they are doing that. They need to carry the momentum back home Monday against the Nuggets and avoid a letdown following a surprising win.
The Knicks face the Denver Nuggets on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.