Kyrie Irving put up 37 points and recorded 11 assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a victory over the New York Knicks, 109-94. The Cavaliers shot lights out, finishing 42-74 (56.8%) from the field, including 9-19 (47.4%) from beyond the arc. This is the second win in as many games for Cleveland (8-13) after beating Los Angeles on Saturday.
Irving finished 14-23 from the field (4-7 on 3-pointers) and 5-6 from the free throw line, in a good performance. Tristan Thompson also contributed for Cleveland, finishing with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony had another strong game for New York in the loss, putting up 29 points on 12-19 shooting, including 3-4 from behind the arc. He also recorded 8 rebounds. Amare Stoudemire added 15 points and 5 rebounds.
Along with their eFG% of 62.8%, the Cavaliers connected at a rate of 47.4% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 1-0 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Knicks are winless (0-5) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
New York (5-15) has now dropped consecutive games after losing to Boston on Sunday.
Coming up, the Cavaliers take on the Orlando Magic, who are 6-15 on the season. The Knicks match up against the Chicago Bulls, currently sitting at 8-10 this year. The Knicks have a 0-1 record against Chicago this season.