NEW YORK (AP) LeBron James had 23 points and 12 assists, Kyle Korver scored 19 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to spark a huge comeback, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the New York Knicks 104-101 on Monday night.
James also had a technical foul after a first-quarter altercation with Frank Ntilikina and Enes Kanter, which seemed to charge up the Knicks as they built what became a 23-point lead late in the third quarter.
But the Cavaliers made nine 3-pointers in the fourth after hitting just seven through three quarters, charging back for their eighth straight victory at Madison Square Garden.
Tim Hardaway Jr. had 28 points and 10 rebounds, and Kanter added 20 points and 16 boards. But Kristaps Porzingis shot only 7 for 21 while scoring 20 points as the Knicks blew their chance to beat the Cavs for the second time this season. >> Read more
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What a disheartening loss for the Knicks. This team pretty much dominated the first three quarters. They played stellar defense against the entire Cavs team, including LeBron James. Then the fourth quarter they absolutely collapsed. The Cavs were draining three-pointer after three-pointer. The Knicks got tired, sloppy, and missed some key free throws to lose this game. That was tough to watch.
The Knicks got stagnant in the fourth quarter. The Cavs started knocking down shots. The lead evaporated just like that. Porzingis' elbow seemed to be bothering him down the stretch, especially when the Cavs were throwing him to the ground. The Knicks played a hell of a game tonight, but when you play three quarters, you won't win against a championship contender.
The crowd was electric tonight. LeBron's comments had The Garden even more amped up. He heard boos every time he touched the ball. There were also a ton of LeBron/Cavs fans in the house. Give the Knicks credit...they had an incredible defensive effort, but stamina clearly was an issue late in this game. Tough loss to swallow.