NEW YORK CITY — The Cleveland Cavaliers came close, but not close enough in their Saturday night loss against the New York Knicks 102-103.
The Cavs held on to a few modest leads throughout most of the game, but even Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving career high 41-points couldn’t clinch the game at Madison Square Garden.
Cavs center Anderson Varejao missed a key free throw with one second left on the clock in the fourth quarter that would have sent it into overtime. Varejao posted 9 points overall, 8 boards and 5 assists. Kyrie Irving led both teams with his game high 41 points–all while wearing a black face mask after fracturing his jaw in their Friday loss against the Bucks. He also posted 5 boards and 5 assists in Saturday’s loss.
Knicks point guard Raymond Felton led the way for his team with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists.
The Cavs are now 5-20 following the loss. The team’s next game is against the Toronto Raptors at home on Tuesday.