by Dakari Johnson, Dae Dae Simmons and Tyler Bineham, staff writers
In the opening night of the 2016-2017 NBA seasons the Cavaliers hosted the Knicks. Before tip-off the Cavaliers had their first ever ring ceremony and banner unveiling. They picked up where they left off starting the game strong and not letting up.
LeBron James recorded his forty-third career triple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists, completely controlling the Knicks in every aspect of the game. Kyrie Irving caught fire in the third quarter, scoring 19 of his 29 points in the frame and helping push the Cavaliers lead from three to 18 points. Kevin Love also added in with 23 points and 12 rebounds. The Knicks, meanwhile, couldn’t get into an offensive flow. They recorded just 17 assists and turned the ball over 18 times, while shooting just 36.8 percent from the field. Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and Kristaps Porzingis led the way with 19, 17 and 16 points, individually, but they all missed more shots than they made.
The Stats from last night’s game:
Stat credit Nba.com