CLEVELAND (WJW) — The Cleveland Cavaliers looked for redemption Tuesday during their second matchup against the New York Knicks in Round 1 of the NBA playoffs. And they got exactly what they wanted.
With a huge roar from the sold-out crowd, the game began just after 7:30 p.m. In comparison to Game 1, the first quarter saw the Cavs going head to head with the Knicks, as the two teams went back in forth with the lead. The quarter ended with the Cavs leading 25-22.
Take a look at photos from before and during the game below:
The second quarter more than thrilled the crowd, as the Cavs stayed in the lead the entire time. Darius Garland’s huge dunk alone kept people on their feet. The first half of the game ended with a score of 59-39.
Is Darius Garland human? He continued to dominate the third quarter helping to bring the score to 82-60.
And in the end, with “Cleveland Rocks” blaring from the speakers, the team pulled off the big win 107-90 over the Knicks.
Following Saturday’s game at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, which saw the Cavs make a valiant comeback only to fall 101-97 in the end, head coach J.B. Bickerstaff told reporters “This is a wake-up call and a learning lesson for our guys.”
The fans more than showed up for their home team Saturday, screaming and stomping for the Cavs. And Tuesday, the team is going to need all of that energy and more, as the guys attempt to cut through the nerves, maintain their usually strong defense and pull out a W.