A lot of attention was being paid to the match between the Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks on Sunday night.
That is because Donovan Mitchell was coming home to New York, and people were eager to see how he would do against the team that almost secured him in the summer.
In the end, Mitchell was good for 23 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists but it wasn’t enough for the Cavs, who were defeated 92-81.
If you’re shocked by the final score, you’re not alone.
The Cleveland Cavaliers This Season Have The Least Amount Of Points In One Game. They Scored Just 81 Points Against The New York Knicks Yesterday. pic.twitter.com/rCJL9jVKhb
— StatProvider (@statprovider) December 5, 2022
In fact, the Cavaliers’ 81 points are surprising not only because everyone expected them to do better but because it is officially the least amount of points in a game so far this season.
The Knicks were able to limit the Cavs, which is no small feat.
And now Cleveland is looking to bounce back after a painful night.
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The Knicks entered Sunday night having lost four of their last five games.
Perhaps they were able to win because they were trying to prove something.
Mitchell is from the New York area and most people, including himself, expected him to be traded to the Knicks in the summer.
Instead, the Cavaliers swooped in, signed Mitchell, and the rest is history.
Maybe the pressure of playing in his home state got to him because Mitchell was looking a bit more rusty than normal, air balling his first shot and then missing five of his first six attempts.
He wasn’t the only one who wasn’t feeling himself: Darius Garland was 5-of-19 and 3-of-9 from the three.
All in all, it was not the best night for the Cavaliers, and the numbers clearly back that up.