New York dominated the Cavaliers 106-95 for their first lead since 2013 thanks to big nights from Jalen Brunson and JJ Barrett.
Cleveland. Jaylen Brunson scored 23 points, RJ Barrett added 21 and the New York Knicks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-95 on Wednesday in Game 5 of their series to advance to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs for the first time since 2013.
The Knicks easily controlled a series that was more one-sided than expected, even after Julius Randle he injured his ankle and missed the second half.
New York won Game 1 of the series at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, won twice at a raucous Madison Square Garden, then returned to Cleveland to finish the job. In the next game, the Knicks, who are in fifth place in the Eastern standings, will face the winner of the series between Miami and Milwaukee.
Brunson has been a regular throughout the streak for the Knicks, who signed the point guard as a free agent last summer before attempting to acquire Donovan Mitchell in a trade with Utah that fell apart to end up in Cleveland.
Brunson averaged 24 points in the series and led New York in scoring in all four wins, beating Mitchell for the second straight postseason. He was better than Mitchell last year with Dallas.
Mitchell scored 28 points Darius Garland 21 for the Cavaliers, who won 51 games in the regular season but whose inexperience showed in their first playoff series in five years. The Cavs weren’t ready.
Cleveland’s resilience proved to be a bigger problem. The Cavaliers have been rocked and out-rebounded in all four of their losses, including a 48-30 margin in the decider.
Author: Associated Press
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