NEW YORK (AP)– The Cleveland Cavaliers visit the New York Knicks for game three of the Eastern Conference first round with the series tied 1-1. The teams meet for the seventh time this season.
New York is 32-20 against the Eastern Conference, and Cleveland is 34-18 against conference opponents.
Cleveland Cavaliers (51-31, fourth in the Eastern Conference) vs. New York Knicks (47-35, fifth in the Eastern Conference)
THE BOTTOM LINE: The New York Knicks and the Cleveland Cavaliers are in a 1-1 series tie in the Eastern Conference first round. The Cavaliers beat the Knicks 107-90 in the last matchup.
Darius Garland led the Cavaliers with 32 points, and Julius Randle led the Knicks with 22 points.
The Knicks are 32-20 in conference play. New York is second in the league with 46.6 rebounds led by Randle averaging 10.0.
The Cavaliers are 34-18 against Eastern Conference opponents. Cleveland ranks fifth in the Eastern Conference shooting 36.7% from 3-point range.
TOP PERFORMERS FOR BOTH TEAMS: Jalen Brunson is scoring 23.5 points per game with 3.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists for the Knicks.
Immanuel Quickley is averaging 23.3 points and 4.2 rebounds while shooting 47.8% over the past 10 games for New York.
Donovan Mitchell is averaging 28.3 points, 4.4 assists and 1.5 steals for the Cavaliers. Caris LeVert is averaging 2.0 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Cleveland.
LAST 10 GAMES: Knicks: 6-4, averaging 116.2 points, 44.6 rebounds, 25.4 assists, 9.6 steals and 5.2 blocks per game while shooting 47.9% from the field.
Their opponents have averaged 113.0 points per game. Cavaliers: 6-4, averaging 110.7 points, 39.4 rebounds, 24.7 assists, 7.0 steals, and 6.4 blocks per game while shooting 47.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 106.4 points.
INJURIES: Knicks: Isaiah Roby: out (ankle).
Cavaliers: Dylan Windler: out (foot).