Immanuel Quickley’s sore left knee still wasn’t 100% Tuesday night, but it was good enough to help the Knicks end a four-game losing streak.
The Knicks’ sixth man returned to action after missing his season opener on Sunday and played a key 27 minutes in the 105-103 win over the Cavaliers at the Garden.
“[It felt] pretty good,” said Quickley, who had nine points, six assists, five rebounds and was team-leading plus-14. “A little sore, but overall ok.”
Quickley doesn’t like missing games. He appeared in 78 games a season ago and was hoping to play the previous game against the Raptors two days earlier in Toronto. But there was too much discomfort for him to be available after the pre-match warm-up.
“I take pride in trying to help my teammates, I take pride in playing basketball,” Quickley said. “I’m proud of it.”
Quickley said he has been experiencing knee discomfort for the past few weeks. He built himself.
“More pain over time, nothing too crazy,” he said.
The combo guard has not undergone an MRI examination of the knee.
Cavaliers star Donovan Mitchell was injured on the final play of the game when his driving layup was blocked by Isaiah Hartenstein.
He had cramps in both legs and his groin was tightening around him. He had missed the previous three games with a sprained left groin. Mitchell, the Elmsford, NY native who the Knicks tried to trade in the offseason, had 24 points and eight assists in the loss.
Evan Fournier (personal reasons) was not available after his wife gave birth. … Yankees superstar Aaron Judge and Iona Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino were among the celebrities in attendance.
The Cavaliers’ 103 points were the fewest the Knicks have allowed since holding the Suns at 83 points on Jan. 2. … Julius Randle tied a career high with eight 3-pointers on 12 attempts. … Jalen Brunson will have his No. 1 jersey retired by Villanova, where he won two national championships, at halftime of their Feb. 8 match against DePaul. The Knicks will be in Philadelphia at that time.