LAS VEGAS (AP) -After a scoreless first half, Danilo Gallinari scored 14 points in a hurry in the second half of his Knicks debut, helping New York beat Cleveland on Monday.
Gallinari, who was selected by the Knicks with the No. 6 pick of the 2008 NBA draft, scored all of his points in just over 7 minutes during the third and fourth quarters. Gallinari finished with 5-for-11 from the field and added six rebounds in New York's 97-94 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers at the NBA Summer League.
Gallinari's last two points were on free throws with 5:06 remaining in the final quarter. He was taken out of the game less than one minute later and did not return due to a sore back.
``I was hurting all game,'' he said.
He missed all four of his shots in the first half.
``I was just trying to play hard. After figuring out the refs and the teams, I played better in the second half,'' Gallinari said. ``I will adapt my game to it.''
Gallinari averaged 17.5 points, 5.7 rebounds for Armani Jeans Milano of the Italian A-1 League and 14.9 points and 4.2 rebounds in 2008 Euroleague play.
Wilson Chandler led the Knicks with 26 points. First-round pick J.J. Hickson had 26 points for Cleveland/
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