The New York Knicks returned home for Game 3 of their NBA playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers and turned in an old-school performance.
The Knicks allowed just 79 points Friday, the fewest points allowed in an NBA game this season.
In today’s NBA, with both teams regularly scoring in the 100s while 3-pointers rain down, New York became the first team to make the playoffs or the nba regular season keep a team below 80 points.
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«I thought we had a good activity overall,» Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau he said, according to ESPN. «Good intensity, guys were connected, they did a good job challenging shots and finishing.»
The Cavs struggled all night from the floor, going 31-80 from the field while shooting just 21.2% from beyond the three-point line.
«We were locked in,» Knicks guard jalen brunson saying. «Just a credit to the coaching staff, preparing and everyone just focusing on our game plan and executing and everyone on the same page.»
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New York also forced 20 cleveland turnovers and turned them into 28 points.
«I think at first it was nerves,» Cleveland head coach JB Bickerstaff said. «As the game went on, it was more about confidence than anything else. We stopped trusting to do the right thing and tried to do a lot of things on our own. Once that happens, it starts seeping into our defense, the same We’re not in our places, we’re not doing the things that we need to do to get the stops that we’re capable of getting.»
The Cavs had just 32 points at halftime, making just 13 shots and committing 12 turnovers.
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«It was unpleasant, like a lot of games with them this season,» Cavs guard Caris LeVert said.
The Knicks and Cavaliers play Game 4 of their first-round series on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET.