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SummerKnicks 103, SummerCavs 94: Scenes from the rookie backcourt shooting the lights out

Deuce and Grimey came to play.

2021 Las Vegas Summer League - Cleveland Cavaliers v New York Knicks Photo by Jeff Bottari/NBAE via Getty Images

Would the Knicks’ Summer League team be able to score without Immanuel Quickley, who missed Saturday’s contest with the Cavaliers due to a sore groin? The answer was a resounding “yes.” The rookie duo of Miles McBride (23 points) and Quentin Grimes (28 points) powered New York’s offense, with a notable assist from the vet, Obi Toppin (21 points), as the Knicks held on for a 103-94 win.

The end of the first half was a masterclass of shot-making from both teams, but the Knicks were able to close it out with a lead thanks to the brilliance of McBride.

Grimes paced the Knicks through much of the first half. If he had been suffering from a lack of confidence following a some rough shooting performances in the first few games of Summer League, he certainly didn’t show it on this night.

The rooks cooled down a bit in the third quarter, and it was Toppin’s turn to take over.

The Knicks nearly blew the game in the fourth, as the Cavs whittled a 22-point deficit down to just three. But when the game was on the line late, Grimes and McBride went back to work.

Fun game. Recap will be up tomorrow morning. Get some rest, everyone.