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Cavs Strike Back in Game 2

Edited by Liz

After losing a close, back and forth Game 1, the Cleveland Cavaliers proved on Tuesday that this series was far from over.

The Knicks shockingly stole Game 1 and home court advantage from the Cavs thanks to star performances by Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle, you can read my recap of the game here.

The pressure was on for the Cavs heading into Game 2. Teams who go down 2-0 in an NBA playoff series have gone on to lose the series 92.8 percent of the time.

The Cavs could literally not afford to lose Game 2. And they showed up.

While Donovan Mitchell is the superstar on the Cavs and put up 38 points in Game 2, he wasn’t the main factor in tying the series. Darius Garland had 32 points in 36 minutes with 3 rebounds and 7 assists, shooting 60 % from the 3 point line.

Garland’s performance paired with Mitchell’s 17 points, 2 rebounds, and 13 assists as well as the sheer physical dominance that the Cavs displayed against the Knicks, is what lead the Cavs to a 107-90 victory.

This Game 2 was one of the most physical basketball games I can say I have witnessed. There were 21 fouls called and a lot of fouls that probably should have been called.

Julius Randle was fouled hard towards the end of the game when the Cavs pretty much had already secured the win. Randle was going for a dunk and Jarret Allen chased him down and with one hand hit Randle’s head and arm and with the other hit Randle’s back, sending him tumbling to the ground. Allen was charged with a flagrant foul one.

After the game Randle said, “I thought it was a little unnecessary…” adding, “typically, when you make those kind of plays, you run across their body, not through them Randle would also go on to say, “We get to go back to the Garden and we'll see them there.”

Game 3 sure shouldn’t disappoint and will tip off at 8:30 PM on April 21 at Madison Square Garden.

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