The Cleveland Cavaliers played some role reversals with their star backcourt on Tuesday as Darius Garland led the scoring to defeat the New York Knicks 107-90.
The Game 2 victory tied the series at 1-1 after the Knicks took the opener on the road, but after his 38-point performance in Game 1, Cavaliers All-Star Donovan Mitchell took over point guard responsibilities.
Mitchell tallied a career-high 13 goals to go with 17 points while going 6-of-11 from the field, setting up Garland to shoulder the scoring workload.
After 17 points in Game 1, Garland posted a game-high 32 on eight-of-17 shooting, drained six-of-10 from long range, and also chipped in seven assists in a masterful offensive performance.
Evan Mobley, who finished third in the Defensive Player of the Year voting, blocked two shots and grabbed two steals to go with his 13 points and 13 rebounds, while his inside partner Jarrett Allen racked up three steals and three blocks in regulation. the paint all over. .
For the Knicks, who found themselves down 59-39 at halftime and couldn’t find their way, Jalen Brunson shot a disappointing five-of-17 from the field for his 20 points, though he added six assists and four steals.
Julius Randle was not much better, finishing with 22 points on eight-of-20 shooting with eight rebounds and six turnovers, and the Knicks shot seven-of-29 (24.1 percent) from three-point range.
After splitting the first two games, the Knicks will head to Madison Square Garden for Games 3 and 4 with home court advantage now in their favor.
White knight delivers Boston
Free guard Derrick White made a cameo in the Boston Celtics’ 119-106 Game 2 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
White, who was one of 10 players this season to play all 82 games in the regular season, put together a stellar game with 26 points (11-of-16 shooting), seven rebounds, three blocks and steal after starting and playing. 34 minutes.
His hot-shooting night saw him pass Jaylen Brown for the evening in shot attempts and the Celtics’ second All-Star chipped in 18 points (seven-of-14), three steals and two blocks, and the First Team All-NBA Jayson Tatum led the way with 29 points (12-of-22), 10 rebounds and six assists.
Dejounte Murray was strong for the Hawks with 29 points (11-of-24), six rebounds, six assists and four steals, finishing with a dead-even plus/minus in his 40 minutes, but Trae Young was minus 15 and Atlanta was. torch when he was left on the floor without Murray.
While the Celtics will take a 2-0 lead into Atlanta for Games 3 and 4, the Hawks can put all the pressure back on Boston by serving at home.
Booker shines for the Sun
Devin Booker stepped up and helped his Phoenix Suns tie their series at 1-1 with a 123-109 win over the visiting Los Angeles Clippers.
Booker posted a game-high 38 points on 14-of-22 shooting, playing 45 of a possible 48 minutes while leading the Suns with nine assists.
Kevin Durant was excellent in support with 25 points (10-of-19), six rebounds, five assists, two blocks and a steal, while Deandre Ayton added 14 points with 13 rebounds and Chris Paul chipped in eight assists to go with his 16. points.
It was another all-around performance from two-time NBA Championship MVP Kawhi Leonard as he continues his quest to join LeBron James as the only Finals MVP winner with three different teams.
He had a team-high 31 points (11-of-20), a team-high seven assists and a team-high three steals, while Russell Westbrook posted 28 points (nine-of-16), five rebounds and five assists, but not they had a lot of help.
The series heads to Los Angeles for Games 3 and 4.