Andre Drummond, a native of Westchester County who will be a free agent this summer, thrashed the Knicks for 33 points and 23 rebounds on Friday night, but it was former Nick Damien Dotson who knocked out the knockout on the Cavaliers.
Dotson’s seven points in the final paid 2:40 the Knicks for their fifth consecutive loss at 106-103 in an action thriller at the Rocket Mortgage Arena in Cleveland.
Dotson’s late rise destroyed an impressive performance by the Knicks’ rookie keeper Emmanuel Quickley, who scored 23 points from the bench.
RJ Barrett committed two costly transformations in the last 1:19 that ruined Powerful Outing.
Barrett hit despair 20 feet before the shot clock went off to bring the Knicks inside 98-97 with a 1:33 left. But then Barrett tried to dribble between his legs and the ball bounced off the back of his foot, turning over at the worst, leaving 1:19.
This led to an apparent foul on Dotson, who dropped two free throws. The Cavaliers kept the ball and led Dotson to throw the ball. With 2:40 left, Dotson hit a big triple-pointer above Quickley to give the Cavs a five-point lead.
Down four, Barrett flipped the ball again 20 seconds before the match to place it against Cleveland.
Drummond scored 20 points and 14 rebounds in the first half. Seven of his followers were on the attack glass. No knight in the past 20 years has scored 20 and 14 halves.
The Mount Vernon native may be on the move after this season. The Cavaliers may be willing to let the former Connecticut star go now that they have hunted former Nets player Jarrett Allen in James Harden’s four-team deal.
Cleveland built a 12-point lead in a wild third quarter, but Quickley helped lead another charge. It hit 3 pointer, then float. Julius Randall (28 points, six assists) scored the comeback that made it 80 after three.
The Knicks made a 16-0 run to advance 84-80 early in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t hold it.
Quickley was stunned when he knocked off the bench, blasting 12 points in 11 minutes with two assists in the first half. Quickley shot 5 to 8 off the field, making two 3-point shots in the first half.
Quickley, picked in the 25th round of the first round in November, found creases in the Cavaliers’ defense and the Knicks had a five-point lead playing mostly with “Quickley Quintet” who killed the Cavaliers in the pre-season. The only difference in the youth squad of five was Reggie Bullock at Barrett’s place.
In one fine moment, promoter Obi Tobin, in his second match after a three-week absence due to calf strain, stole a pass and fed Quickley with three pointers.
In the next possession, Quikley spun an in-house and raised lob alley for Mitchell Robinson and 43-39 lead things.
Robinson couldn’t compete with Drummond’s muscle, and was then injured. Robinson fell awkwardly after he missed a retreat. Coach Tom Thibaudeau allowed him to wander up and down the field in search of possessions before pulling out the youthful position, and he went into the locker room. Robinson injured his ankle between halves and was knocked out for the third quarter, looking less than 100 percent.
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