Kevin Love doesn’t know what the future holds. All he can do is make the most of the present. Right now, that’s not easy in Cleveland. Love scored a season-high 33 points in possibly his final home game with the Cavaliers, but Marcus Morris Sr. led the New York Knicks to a 139-134 overtime victory Monday night.Morris’ basket from the left wing gave New York a 135-134 lead with a minute to play. He added another jumper and two free throws on his way to 26 points.
The Cavaliers lost for the 11th time in 12 games. They have dropped 11 straight at home. Love, the subject of trade rumors ahead of Thursday’s deadline, was 12 of 20 from the field. He also grabbed 13 rebounds.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Love said. “We’ll let the chips fall. I’ve been saying that, but I expect to probably finish the season out here and continue to play extremely hard.”
Love hit a jumper to put Cleveland ahead 134-133 with 1:19 left.
Cleveland led 118-108 with five minutes to play in regulation, but New York rallied behind Morris, who scored 10 points in the quarter to push the Knicks ahead.
“We took it kind of bitter,” Morris said of the deficit. “I told the guys, ‘Step up right now, the game is not over.’ I got into positions, they got the ball where I needed it, and I just made it happen.”
Julius Randle‘s layup gave New York a 127-124 lead before Collin Sexton‘s 3-pointer tied the game with 13 seconds left. Morris missed a jumper, but the Knicks got the rebound and called timeout. Morris’ jumper from the left corner rimmed out at the buzzer
Sexton had 29 points for Cleveland, going 11 of 22 from the field. The Cavaliers (13-38) are tied with Atlanta for the worst record in the Eastern Conference.
Cleveland center Tristan Thompson, also the subject of trade rumors, was sidelined by a sore right quad. He worked out on the court before the game and the team announced he was out 45 minutes prior to tip-off.