The New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers played a tense, back-and-forth game Monday night. Cleveland was ahead most of the game, but the Knicks had the trump card in Marcus Morris (26 points), who was nails in the clutch for the second straight game, propelling the ‘Bockers to a 139-134 overtime win.
Colin Sexton, who seemingly only performs well against the Knicks, had 29 points including this three to send it to overtime. Prepare for a masterclass of defensive communication between Elfrid Payton and Julius Randle.
Clutch three from Sexton to send it to OT pic.twitter.com/R1eJPLzfYN— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) February 4, 2020
To be fair, Elfrid posted a triple-double — 17 points, 11 rebounds and 15 assists — in his return from suspension. He was nearly matched by his backup for the evening, the suddenly resurgent Dennis Smith Jr., who chipped in 15 points, 6 dimes and 4 steals.
Who is this man and what has he done with Dennis Smith Jr.??? pic.twitter.com/5aWK3H9UR1— Posting and Toasting (@ptknicksblog) February 4, 2020
And in an revelatory moment that felt like it was months in the making, head coach Mike Miller realized that he could use two point guards at the same time, pairing Dennis and Elf with Frank Ntilikina, who helped slow down Cleveland’s offense with his trademark Gallic hustle D.
Plenty of highlights down the stretch for Frank - including this great defensive possession... pic.twitter.com/k5ACw9N4W4— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) February 4, 2020
Frank also chipped on the other end, with 9 points, including this clutch three.
Even Kevin Knox — 12 points, 4 rebounds in 17 minutes — had a good game. I wish we played the Cavs every night.
Recap to come.