NEW YORK (NWN) — Ricky Rubio scored a career-high 37 to help the New York Knicks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 126-109 on Sunday night.
Cleveland has improved to 7-4 with four wins in a row. Evan Mobley added 26 points, Jarrett Allen 18 and Darius Garland added 16 points.
Rubio’s previous career was 34 with Utah against San Antonio in 2018.
New York goes 6-4 after losing three out of four. Julius Randall led the Knicks with 19, and Derek Rose, who started on point guard, had 15. Ivan Fournier also had 15.
Down 57-56 at halftime, Cleveland edged the Knicks 33-18 in the third quarter with an 89-75 advantage to move into the fourth.
New York scored 9 of 31 from 3-point range, while Cleveland was 19 of 35.
Cleveland announced late in the third quarter that guard Colin Sexton would miss the rest of the game due to a left knee injury. He scored eight points and four assists in 12 1/2 minutes.
Cavaliers: Cleveland’s future backcourt could be set with the pairing of Sexton and Garland. And the Cavaliers could have a front court pairing in Allen and Mobley, the third overall pick in the 2021 draft. “The longer he’s on the floor, the better things happen because he’s that type of player,” coach JB Bickerstaff said of Mobley before the game.
Knicks: During his pregame availability, New York coach Tom Thibodeau said starting point guard Kemba Walker would not play due to an undisclosed injury and that “the medical people recommended rest.”
Cavaliers: Host Washington on Wednesday night.
Knicks: Monday night in Philadelphia.