The New York Knicks came out on top in a matchup between teams at the bottom of the standings Monday night. Marcus Morris Sr. and Julius Randle each scored 19 points and New York used a strong second half to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-86.
New York trailed by one at halftime but took over in the third quarter, outscoring Cleveland 30-14.
The Cavaliers, who went 2-4 on the extended trip and blew a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter Saturday in Chicago, looked like a tired team after halftime. The Knicks led 79-64 going into the fourth and pushed the margin to 21 in the final minutes.
“That sounds like an excuse, but I’ve seen it time and time again where you come and out lay an egg and and it’s just slow motion,” Cavaliers forward Kevin Love. “That’s kind of how we felt tonight.”
Cleveland shot a season-low 34% and scored 36 points in the second half,