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NEW YORK (WJW/AP) — Sunday afternoon, the Cleveland Cavaliers tried to remember why they deserve to be in the playoffs for the first time in five years with Game 4 against the New York Knicks. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to get it done.
In the first quarter of Game 4, the Kicks have a 30-23 lead over the Cavs
By halftime, the Knicks held onto their 54-45 lead over the Cavs. Donovan Mitchell has 9 points and 5 turnovers at halftime.
Shaking off the nerves, or perhaps able to get out of their heads with many of the famous folks in the front rows still not back in their seats, the Cavs were able to get back in the game.
Soon the team was even able to take the lead in the third quarter, giving our guys confidence. While the Cavs were ahead much of the time, with Darius Garland looking more like his usual self, the score ended at 73-71 Knicks up in the quarter.
The fourth quarter was rough, with the Cavs trailing the entire time. Darius Garland couldn’t match the same magic he found in the third and Donovan Mitchell was not able to get anything going.
Still, the game had a much different feel than Friday’s Game 3. The game ended at 102-93, and the Knicks now up 3-1 in the series.
The Cleveland Cavaliers let their nerves get to them Friday night, with a disappointing finish in New York City leaving the Knicks up by one in the Round 1 standings.
It seemed the Cavs never gave themselves a chance with their most inept offensive performance of the season, ending with a score of 99-79.
“Not being able to make shots definitely hurts as well, but it’s one of those things where we’ll be good,” Mitchell told reporters after the game. “Like, kind of breathe and relax and calm down.”
Cavs fans can cheer on their team without having to travel all the way to New York, as Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is hosting a watch party for $5, with proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity.
No matter what happens, the two teams are coming back to Cleveland Wednesday for a Game 5 in the series.