The Cavaliers, with a record of 7-7, might have their problems, but James provided a reminder of his potency with 23 points, 12 assists and 9 rebounds.
Yet the Knicks, after years of losing basketball that numbed their fans and helped run off the star forward Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson, the former team president, proved they are fun and feisty again. While Anthony is adapting to his new life in Oklahoma City, the Knicks have moved on. Despite the defeat, they have won seven of their last 10 games following an 0-3 start, and are unafraid to poke the defending Eastern Conference champions.
Kristaps Porzingis is developing into a full-fledged star, regularly scoring upward of 30 points per game. He scored 20 Monday night and had seven rebounds.
The Knicks have had stars before, but this team seems to be developing a legitimate identity while providing Porzingis with effective help. Kanter, who scored 20 points and…