Knicks take charge early and deal Cavaliers third consecutive defeat
Cleveland’s Kyle Korver dives for the ball as New York’s Doug McDermott gets away. AP

THE New York Knicks took charge early and held on to beat the struggling Cavaliers, 114-95, on Sunday in Cleveland (Monday, Manila time).

Tim Hardaway Jr. showed the way for the Knicks, who gained control with a 29-19 first quarter.

The Cavaliers managed to tie it at 49 on a Kevin Love basket off a Dwyane Wade assist but the Knicks quickly recovered.

The Knicks made it back-to-back wins after starting the season with three straight losses.

Cleveland has lost three straight and four in seven outings.

Hardaway scored 34 on 11 of 19 shooting, while Kristaps Porzingis went 13 for 27 and finished with 32 points.

Enes Kanter added 18 and Courtney Lee chipped in 15.

The Cavaliers had five players in double figures but that was just not enough.

Love delivered 22 points and 11 rebounds, while LeBron James also posted a double-double of 16 and 10.

Derrick Rose had 15 points, Kyle Korver scored 13 off the bench and JR Smith added 11.

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