NEW YORK– After the Cavaliers traded Kyrie Irving this summer, it was almost unthinkable that they would be able to tie their record from last season.
It became even more unthinkable as the season went on, the injuries tallied up and the Cavs traded half their roster at the trade deadline.
But with a win against the New York Knicks on Monday night, the Cavs remain in position to do just that. With their 123-109 win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, the Cavs improve to 50-31 and could tie their record from last year with a win over New York at home on Wednesday.
Until then, here are three takeaways from the first game in this home-and-home series.