The Knicks needed someone to step up with All-Star Julius Randle returning to New York. Jalen Brunson did all of that and more.

While waiting for Randle to return from injury, New York's point guard produced a career-high 48 points.

The Knicks defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 130-116 on Friday night.

This loss hurts," Donovan Mitchell, who led Cleveland in scoring with 42 points, said. "We must feel it and be ready to use it when the opportunity arises.

Certainly, we have control over our destiny, and we'll most likely see these men in two weeks.

With a three-point lead, the Knicks outscored the Cavs 14-2 to start the fourth quarter and get some breathing room in a fast-paced game.

The teams collaborated forThe first quarter saw 89 points and the first half saw 151 points.

The Cavs got as close as 123-116 before Brunson put them away with a layup after a timeout and then a 3-pointer. In the waning seconds, he missed a floater that would have earned him 50 points.

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