The Knicks never trailed in the contest as they held an opponent under 100 points for the first time this season.
Brunson’s three-point play gave the Knicks a game-high 18-point lead, 37-19, with 7:08 remaining in the second quarter.
The Cavaliers scored the next six points, and then after another Brunson bucket, ended the second quarter on an 18-7 run to pull within 46-43 at halftime.
New York scored the first five points of the third quarter and extended its lead to as many as 12. Cleveland cut the deficit to six, but still trailed 71-63 after three quarters.
The Knicks went up by as many as 13 points in the final quarter, but Mitchell’s slam cut the lead to 86-81 with just over two minutes remaining.
Brunson answered with a baseline jumper, Randle followed with a dunk and Brunson hit two free throws to end the scoring.
Evan Mobley totaled 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers.
Cavaliers: Forward Dean Wade will be out approximately 3-4 weeks after sustaining a left shoulder injury in the first half of Friday night’s win over Orlando. … Cleveland is allowing the fewest points per game in the NBA this season. … Evan Mobley is the only Cav to start all 24 games this season.
Knicks: New York had lost four straight games to the Cavaliers, including all three meetings last season. The Knicks had not beaten Cleveland since January 21, 2021 (102-81).
THIRD QUARTER WOES
In their five-game home losing streak, the Knicks had been outscored 180-130 in the third quarter. In Sunday’s victory, they outscored the Cavs 25-20.
Cavaliers: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.
Knicks: Host the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.
Jeffrey Bernstein, The Associated Press