The Cavs(15-9) were on the road on Sunday as they battled the Knicks(11-13) at Madison Square Garden. Cleveland has struggled on the road this season, and in the end, the road struggles would continue as Cleveland, who never led in this one, fell to the Knicks 92-81.
With the win, the Knicks would snap their five-game losing streak at home.
Here’s the Great, Not So Great, and the Bottom Line of the Cavs’ loss to the Knicks.
Absolutely nothing! Cleveland was bad, but maybe Evan Mobley can get some recognition for recording another double-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks.
Not So Great:
Turnovers: Cleveland had 19 turnovers. Six of those 19 turnovers came in the fourth. They were downright sloppy!!
First and fourth Quarter: Cleveland was terrible at the beginning and end of the game; they scored only 16 points and shot only 26% in the first quarter. Fortunately, the Knicks were not much better, so Cleveland trailed only by seven after one. In the fourth, the Cavs had six turnovers and scored only 18 points on 29% shooting.
Shooting: The Cavs could not make shots. They were way off. They finished the game shooting 35% from the field, including 23% from deep. The Cavs finished with a season-low 81 points.
This was a bad performance for the Cavs, maybe their worst performance of the season. They could not make shots, they could not control the ball, and they just good not make enough plays. The game was there for them to win because the Knicks were not much better. Look, young teams have to learn how to win consistently on the road, and Cleveland is 5-8 on the road; the Cavs are still learning. The bottom line, they have to be better.
Cleveland returns home to begin a three-game homestand starting with the Lakers on Tuesday night.
Best of the Rest:
Jalen Brunson led the Knicks with 23 points; Julius Randle had 18 points and nine rebounds.
Donovan Mitchell led the Cavs with 23 points, but he shot 8/22 from the field; Darius Garland added 17 points but, like Mitchell, struggled from the field(5/19 FG).
The officials were very involved in this one as both teams combined for a NBA season-high 13 traveling violations.
Jarrett Allen missed his fifth straight game with a lower back injury.