Knicks destroy momentum with ugly loss to Cavaliers

New York Post Sports 17 hours ago

So much for momentum.

Riding high after stunning Kristaps Porzingis and the Mavericks, the Knicks fell flat on their faces Sunday night.

The mediocre opponent offered a prime chance to build off Friday’s win, but instead it all came crumbling back down in a 108-87 loss to the Cavaliers at the Garden.

The Knicks (2-8) trailed by as many as 30 points in front of an increasingly restless crowd. Collin Sexton did whatever he pleased for much of the night, carving up the Knicks for 31 points — 29 through the first three quarters.

Julius Randle (20 points) was the only Knicks starter to reach double-digit scoring.

The Knicks had put it all together for a night Friday in Dallas to beat the Mavericks. They spoke of how it could point them in the right direction, but by the end of the night, any hope of a carryover had been emphatically flushed down the drain.

“It gave us a tangible result that we can say look at the fruits of your labor and look at what happens when you do things for close to 48 minutes,” coach David Fizdale said before the game. “You give yourselves a real chance.”

They never came close to doing that Sunday night.

The Cavaliers (4-5) started the third quarter on a 7-0 run, with Sexton’s 3 making it a 61-36 deficit for the Knicks, drawing boos from the home crowd. It only got louder after another Sexton 3 made it 68-42, forcing the Knicks to call a timeout, though that didn’t help either.

By the fourth quarter, the boos had largely been replaced by silence as the arena emptied out. It allowed a few angry fans to bellow rants about the Knicks’ embarrassing play loud and clear.

From the get-go, the Knicks looked hung over from taking down Porzingis and the Mavericks two nights earlier in Dallas. They fell behind 14-4 less than five minutes in, with Sexton scoring nine points in that span.

The Cavaliers’ lead grew as large as 14 points in the first quarter after Jordan Clarkson slammed home a dunk and drained a 3 on back-to-back possessions to make it 29-15.

The Knicks turned the ball over four times in their first six possessions of the second quarter, allowing the Cavaliers to cash in on easy buckets and extend their lead to 37-22.

It didn’t get any better by halftime as the Knicks went into the break trailing 54-36. They had nearly as many turnovers (12) as field goals (16) and shot just 2 of 8 from the free-throw line, continuing a troubling trend. They were even worse from beyond the 3-point line, where they shot 2 of 15 through two quarters.

Marcus Morris, who was coming off a strong 28-point performance against the Mavericks, shot just 1-for-7 in the first half
Coming off the best all-around game of his career Friday against the Mavericks, and starting his fifth straight game at point guard, Frank Ntilikina did not provide the same kind of spark. He finished with four points, six assists and six rebounds.


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