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Sexton scores 31, Cavaliers beat Knicks 108-87

NEW YORK (AP) The Cleveland Cavaliers beat New York for their first winning streak of the season. Another loss prompted Knicks' officials to address the team's slow start.

Collin Sexton scored 31 points and the Cavaliers beat the Knicks 108-87 on Sunday night.

Kevin Love and Jordan Clarkson each added 17 points for Cleveland (4-5), which won two games in a row for the first time in the young season. The Cavaliers were coming off a 113-100 win over Washington on Friday.

''Right from the get-go we shared the ball, we had 20-some assists,'' Cleveland coach John Beilein said. ''We only had 12 turnovers and we forced them into 21 turnovers, and they only shot 35%.

''Both ends of the floor, I think this was one of our better performances.''

The Knicks couldn't say the same.

Julius Randle had 20 points and 16 rebounds and Alonzo Trier added 13 points for New York, which fell to 2-8, last in the Eastern Conference.

''Obviously, (GM) Scott (Perry) and I are not happy with where we are right now,'' Knicks President Steve Mills said following the loss. ''We think the team is not performing to the level that we anticipated or we expected to perform, and it's something that we collectively have to do a better job of delivering the product on the floor that we said we would do at the start of this season.

''We still believe in our coaching staff. We believe in the plan Scott and I put together and the players that we've assembled, but we also have to acknowledge that we haven't played at the level we expected to play at.''

According to Mills, he and Knicks general manager Scott Perry spoke with owner James Dolan during the game, which included several rounds of boos from fans in attendance.

''I mean Jim still believes in the plan that we put together, but he's passionate as we are about this,'' Mills said. ''He would want us to have better results on the floor. But I think Jim is a fan and believes in what we are doing, but he has the same kind of expectations that we have. And this is really about how we feel about what we should be doing, what we should be delivering as a group and we all take responsibility.''

Following Mills and Perry at the podium, coach David Fizdale was asked if he feels a sense of urgency to get the Knicks turned around quickly.

''I live in that sense of urgency,'' Fizdale said. ''I don't need anyone to speak to give me a sense of urgency. I'm not cruising through this thing acting like I've got a bunch of time to get a team together. Every day I have urgency about this team about how I coach them, about getting them better, about building consistent habits.''

Cleveland opened the second half on an 18-6 run and led the Knicks by as many as 30 in the third quarter. Following a driving layup from Sexton at the 6:48 mark of the third quarter, fans booed the Knicks heavily.

The Cavaliers took a 54-36 lead into the half as Sexton led all scorers with 16 points. The Knicks struggled mightily from the field shooting 16 for 43 in the first half, taking many contested long two-pointers.

Beilein had high praise for Sexton's defensive development.

''I love the way he attacks the basket, but I think what's being underrated here is his growth from last year to this year on his defense,'' the coach said. ''You can see he'll still make a mistake every now and then - everybody does - but for the most part, he's an athlete who should become a very good defender.''

Cleveland busted out of the gate and led 14-4 as Sexton scored nine points to open the game.

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Coach John Beilein said the lack of ''development preparation'' is the biggest transition for him adjusting from the college to pro game. ... John Henson (hamstring), Dylan Windler (leg) and Ante Zizic (foot) were out for Cleveland.

Knicks: Elfrid Payton is not guaranteed his starting point guard spot upon return. ''If things are going well, we'll probably stay with what we're doing,'' David Fizdale said. ... Elfrid Payton (hamstring), Dennis Smith Jr. (personal), Mitchell Robinson (concussion) and Reggie Bullock (neck) were out for New York.

OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST IN ATTENDANCE

Tara Lipinski, who won a figure skating gold medal at the 1998 Olympics, was on hand.

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: Visit Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

Knicks: Visit Chicago on Tuesday night.

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Key Players
K. Love
0 PF
J. Randle
30 PF
33.6 Min. Per Game 33.6
15.0 Pts. Per Game 15.0
4.2 Ast. Per Game 4.2
9.3 Reb. Per Game 9.3
48.1 Field Goal % 43.4
47.9 Three Point % 43.5
87.0 Free Throw % 62.5
+ 2 Iggy Brazdeikis made driving layup 0:20
+ 2 Tyler Cook made layup, assist by Darius Garland 0:35
+ 3 Allonzo Trier made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Knox 0:57
  Offensive rebound by Kevin Knox 0:59
  Damyean Dotson missed jump shot 1:01
  Defensive rebound by Damyean Dotson 1:08
  Kevin Porter missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:11
  Defensive rebound by Matthew Dellavedova 1:23
  Kevin Knox missed jump shot 1:25
+ 1 Darius Garland made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:50
+ 1 Darius Garland made 1st of 2 free throws 1:50
Team Stats
Points 108 87
Field Goals 36-82 (43.9%) 31-86 (36.0%)
3-Pointers 8-28 (28.6%) 9-31 (29.0%)
Free Throws 28-31 (90.3%) 16-25 (64.0%)
Total Rebounds 49 64
Offensive 9 17
Defensive 36 35
Team 4 12
Assists 20 19
Steals 11 11
Blocks 2 8
Turnovers 14 21
Fouls 19 26
Technicals 0 2
31 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST
20 PTS, 16 REB, 1 AST
1234T
away team logo Cavaliers 4-5 31232430108
home team logo Knicks 2-8 1917272487
Team Stats
away team logo Cavaliers 4-5 107.1 PPG 46.1 RPG 21.2 APG
home team logo Knicks 2-8 99.2 PPG 46.7 RPG 19.6 APG
Key Players
C. Sexton PG 18.8 PPG 2.9 RPG 2.1 APG 44.3 FG%
J. Randle PF 15.5 PPG 10.0 RPG 3.9 APG 43.4 FG%
Top Scorers
C. Sexton PG 31 PTS 2 REB 3 AST
J. Randle PF 20 PTS 16 REB 1 AST
43.9 FG% 36.0
28.6 3PT FG% 29.0
90.3 FT% 64.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. Sexton 31 2 3 10/16 5/8 6/8 3 30 1 0 0 1 1 +26 40
K. Love 17 8 2 4/11 0/3 9/9 2 31 0 0 3 2 6 +15 26
D. Garland 12 3 6 3/8 0/1 6/6 0 34 1 0 4 0 3 +26 24
T. Thompson 9 9 1 4/9 0/0 1/2 4 30 1 1 1 3 6 +33 21
C. Osman 5 2 5 2/8 1/6 0/0 2 25 1 0 1 0 2 +25 17
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. Sexton 31 2 3 10/16 5/8 6/8 3 30 1 0 0 1 1 +26 40
K. Love 17 8 2 4/11 0/3 9/9 2 31 0 0 3 2 6 +15 26
D. Garland 12 3 6 3/8 0/1 6/6 0 34 1 0 4 0 3 +26 24
T. Thompson 9 9 1 4/9 0/0 1/2 4 30 1 1 1 3 6 +33 21
C. Osman 5 2 5 2/8 1/6 0/0 2 25 1 0 1 0 2 +25 17
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Clarkson 17 3 1 6/14 1/4 4/4 2 19 2 0 3 0 3 -5 21
L. Nance Jr. 9 9 1 3/4 1/2 2/2 3 26 3 0 2 1 8 +4 21
K. Porter 6 4 0 3/8 0/3 0/0 1 22 1 0 0 1 3 -4 11
T. Cook 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 -9 2
M. Dellavedova 0 4 1 0/3 0/1 0/0 2 11 1 1 0 1 3 -5 8
A. McKinnie 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 -1 1
B. Knight - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Henson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Windler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wade - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Zizic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 108 45 20 36/82 8/28 28/31 19 235 11 2 14 9 36 +105 192
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Randle 20 16 1 6/14 1/2 7/10 4 31 0 0 4 4 12 -22 34
M. Morris 9 6 1 3/12 0/5 3/5 4 31 0 0 2 0 6 -28 15
R. Barrett 9 1 1 4/11 1/4 0/2 3 24 1 0 3 0 1 -21 10
T. Gibson 4 5 2 2/6 0/0 0/0 4 17 2 0 3 4 1 -16 12
F. Ntilikina 4 6 6 1/4 0/2 2/2 4 34 2 2 2 0 6 -12 24
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Randle 20 16 1 6/14 1/2 7/10 4 31 0 0 4 4 12 -22 34
M. Morris 9 6 1 3/12 0/5 3/5 4 31 0 0 2 0 6 -28 15
R. Barrett 9 1 1 4/11 1/4 0/2 3 24 1 0 3 0 1 -21 10
T. Gibson 4 5 2 2/6 0/0 0/0 4 17 2 0 3 4 1 -16 12
F. Ntilikina 4 6 6 1/4 0/2 2/2 4 34 2 2 2 0 6 -12 24
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Trier 13 1 2 5/5 3/3 0/0 2 15 0 1 3 0 1 -13 16
D. Dotson 10 1 1 4/11 2/6 0/0 0 21 1 1 0 0 1 +2 15
K. Knox 9 3 2 2/9 1/5 4/6 3 22 2 2 1 2 1 +9 19
B. Portis 4 11 3 2/10 0/2 0/0 1 28 3 1 1 7 4 -3 24
W. Ellington 3 2 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 8 0 0 2 0 2 -5 3
I. Brazdeikis 2 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 +4 3
R. Bullock - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Payton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Rabb - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Smith Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 87 52 19 31/86 9/31 16/25 26 235 11 8 21 17 35 -105 175