Jack Caps Cavs Comeback in New York
Wrap-Up – Sometimes a team gives the game away, and sometimes a team simply takes the game. It was a case of the latter on Sunday night, as the Wine and Gold imposed their will on New York in the second stanza – with Jarrett Jack’s late barrage sealing the deal. The Cavaliers snapped their four-game skid while simultaneously ending the Knicks’ eight-game win streak – rallying for the 106-100 win at the World’s Most Famous Arena.
Jarrett Jack set the tone in the second half, scoring 23 of his season-high 31 points after intermission. Dion Waiters, starting his fourth straight game, added 22 points on 9-for-17 shooting, adding five boards and a pair of assists. Luol Deng returned to the lineup after missing three straight games with a bad left ankle, was an efficient 5-for-8 from the floor – including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc – for 13 points. With Deng back in the starting lineup, Alonzo Gee came off the bench to contribute 11 points on 4-for-6 shooting. Both small forwards teamed to hold Carmelo Anthony to just four points in the final quarter.
Anthony led the Knicks with 32 points, but finished 8-of-20 after hitting six of his first seven shots. New York canned a dozen three-pointers, but just 45 percent from the floor overall. The Wine and Gold shot 61 percent from the floor.
Turning Point – Sunday’s turning point was whatever Coach Mike Brown said in the halftime locker room, with the Wine and Gold looking like a different squad in the second half. They got to within three in the third quarter and continued to claw back in the fourth. When Luol Deng splashed home a trey with 5:45 remaining, it gave Cleveland its first lead since the first quarter. Once the Cavs got close, it was the Jarrett Jack show for the rest of the way.
Game Ball – Jarrett Jack – The eight-year veteran simply took over the game in the fourth quarter for the Wine and Gold – scoring 15 of his season-high 31 points in the final period. He added a game-high 10 assists along with five boards and a blocked shot. Jack was 13-of-19 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the stripe.
By the Numbers – .246, .148 … Shooting percentage and three-point percentage in the fourth quarter for the Cavaliers last four opponents. The Knicks shot 28 percent from the floor in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s win, missing all six three-point attempts.
Quotable – Coach Mike Brown, praising rookie guard Matthew Dellavedova …
”The stuff that he does for us on the floor doesn’t always show up in the stat sheet, and he’s what a winner is. He’s going to have a long, long career in this business because of the fiber that he’s made up of. He’s gotten better every day. He watches film every day. He works every day on the court. You can see it, you can feel it – not only as a coaching staff, but his teammates feel the same way, too. The respect he has on our team is unbelievable.”
Up Next – The Cavaliers busy schedule continues this week. After a day off Monday, the Cavs get back to work against the Raptors on Tuesday night at The Q. They hit the road right afterward for a Wednesday matchup in Motown before continuing on to Brooklyn for a Friday night meeting with the Nets. They return next Sunday for an afternoon battle with the Pacers at The Q.
Watch Highlights: Cavs 106, Knicks 100