The shorthanded Cavs had the Knicks – and the end of their losing streak – in striking distance with just over five minutes to play. But Cleveland couldn’t close the deal.

The Wine and Gold – minus rookie guard Kyrie Irving, a late scratch – pulled to within four, 76-72, on Samardo Samuels’ layup with 5:19 to play. But the Knicks, battling injury issues of their own, closed the game on 15-3 run – handing the Cavaliers the 91-75 loss, their seventh straight.

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