Sexton's Career Night Helps Cavs Administer Beating on Knicks

Sam Amico

Collin Sexton turned Madison Square Garden into his own personal playground and his teammates did the rest.

But those aren't the only things to take away from the Cavs' 108-87 hammer job of the New York Knicks on Sunday.


* The Cavs have won two straight on the road. Given that we haven't even hit the 10-game mark of the season, that's saying at least a little something.

* The Cavs led by 30 points ... on the road. It's true that these Knicks aren't likely to make you forget the days of Walt Frazier, Willis Reed and Earl Monroe, but who cares? How often do the Cavs of any era lead anyone by 30 points, anywhere?

* John Beilein now has his first winning streak as an NBA coach. Again, both victories were away from Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Whoever thought we'd be saying that this early in the season?

* The Cavs kicked off the three-game East trip with a win in Washington on Friday. They didn't trail against the Wizards or the Knicks -- at any point in either game.

* Sexton hit a career-high with 31 points. He did it on 10-of-16 shooting. That includes 5-of-8 shooting on 3-pointers. It was an all-around efficient night for the second-year guard.

"I started making shots early and my teammates found me," Sexton told FOX Sports Ohio's Angel Gray. "We're just playing together, having fun."

That's the thing about these Cavs (4-5). They are coming across as a team that doesn't really care everyone expected them to be bad. They're just bonding, having a good time and actually winning some games.

The play and poise of Sexton was a major reason why the Cavs completely dominated against the latest brand of sad-sack Knicks (2-8).

"He's sort of been our quarterback or our running back," Beilein told reporters of Sexton. "We're trying to get him more space so he can use that elite speed. Boy, I love the way he attacks the basket."

Beilein wasn't finished.

"What's really been underrated is how much (Sexton has) improved his defense since last season," he said. "His defense right now has been a key for us."

Overall, the Cavs forced 21 turnovers, resulting in 27 points.

Kevin Love added 17 points and eight rebounds, and Jordan Clarkson came off the bench for 17 points and a couple of steals.

Rookie Darius Garland asserted himself for a second straight game, finishing with 12 points and six assists, and Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance Jr. each added nine points and nine boards.

So while Sexton was excellent, the Cavs again did this as a unit. That was especially the case on defense.

"I loved our transition," Beilein said.

Julius Randle led the Knicks with 20 points and 16 rebounds. No. 3 overall draft pick R.J. Barrett was held to nine points on 4-of-11 shooting, just the third time he's failed to hit double figures.

Barrett was drafted two spots ahead of Garland, but with as chaotic as the Knicks have looked, Barrett may be wishing he had dropped a couple spots.

Believe it or not, there could be a lot worse things than playing for these Cavs.

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Absolutely love watching these guys. At least you know you are going to get 110% effort.