Knicks Big Second Half Sinks Cavs
The fifth-year reserve from Marquette came off the Knicks bench to can five three-pointers in the second half, sending the Cavaliers to their third straight loss, 120-103, on Wednesday night in the Garden.
Cleveland led by as many as 17 points in the first half and took a 12-point edge into the locker room.
But the Cavaliers cooled off considerably after intermission, shooting just 35 percent in the third. The Knicks, meanwhile, came out with a 16-4 run and put 33 points on the Wine and Gold in the third quarter and 38 more in the fourth.
“I saw a team over there in the white uniforms that were a lot more aggressive and a lot more physical,” said Coach Byron Scott. “We didn’t do a good job taking care of the ball and we didn’t do a good job of attacking. If they’re going to be aggressive like that, we need to be aggressive back and I don’t think we were.”
Jeremy Lin did his share of damage, netting 19 points, but Kyrie Irving got the best of the point guard battle (at least in the scoring column) – finishing with 22 points and a team-high seven assists. Lin took this one – handing out a game-high 13 helpers.
Antawn Jamison led the Cavaliers with 23 points and 10 boards, going 9-for-20 from the floor with two assists and a blocked shot.
“We did a great job in the first half but you can’t give them 33 and 38 points in the third and fourth quarter,” said Jamison. “Offensively, we did a good job in the first half and in the second half we missed shots would normally would make. But you still can’t let that carry over defensively.”
Daniel Gibson notched 10 of his 13 points in the first and finished 4-for-4 from long-distance and Tristan Thompson added 11 off the bench.
Carmelo Anthony led New York with 22 points and Novak added 17. Tyson Chandler dominated the paint with 13 points, 15 boards and four blocked shots.
The Cavaliers return to Cleveland for a Friday night meeting with Derek Rose and the Bulls.