June 1, 2023

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MSG crowd rattles misfiring Cavs in big Knicks playoff victory – The Denver Post

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It was sometimes ugly, sometimes beautiful and overall dominant from the Knicks.

New York didn’t win style points Friday night but dominated where it mattered most — on the scoreboard — riding a resurgent RJ Barrett and an energized crowd to a 99-79 victory to take a 2-1 series lead.

The Cavs shot just 36.8 percent on the evening, with Knicks center Isaiah Hartenstein agreeing that the visitors were rattled by the raucous Garden fans.

“Yeah, I think coming into a crowd like this, not many people are used to it,” Hartenstein said. “Madison Square Garden, the playoffs especially. I’ve been in a couple series now. Nothing was like it.”

Garland, the Game 2 hero, looked especially flustered, missing (shield your eyes, children) 17 of his 21 attempts. The Cavs managed…

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2023-04-21 22:54:38

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