*The Cavs’ Jarrett Allen spoke Wednesday ahead of Game 5. Watch in the video above.
CLEVELAND (AP/WJW) — The Cleveland Cavaliers were looking to take the Round 1 playoff series against the New York Knicks to a Game 6 (and 7), but were unable to make a win happen in Game 5 Wednesday night.
The start of the game showed that the team did remember how to score but just not quite enough. The first quarter ended 33-26, despite Isaac Okoro and Cedi Osman’s best efforts.
The Cleveland crowd seemed more subdued than the first two games that took place in the city, but had no problem booing the refs for any fouls they called against the team.
The Cavaliers were not able to catch up in the second quarter, although they kept it a little closer. At halftime, the score ended at 61-51 Knicks up.
Julius Randle with the Knicks was announced as doubtful to return to the game after hurting his ankle in the first half. But even with the injury, the Knicks continued to dominate play through much of the third, and as FOX 8’s John Sabol put it, the “Cavaliers season is officially on life support.”
The third quarter ended with a score of 87-75.
While the crowd roared, the team still had trouble keeping up through the start of the fourth quarter.
In the end, Game 6 would not come to pass. The Cavs lost to the Knicks 106-95.
See moments from before the game began in the slideshow below:
After one of the worst performances of his playoff career, Mitchell exuded confidence Tuesday that he and his teammates will bounce back at home Wednesday night in Game 5 of their first-round series against the New York Knicks.
“It’s not over,” he said.
Not yet, and not if Cleveland can take advantage of being back home.
“We’re playing for our season,” Mitchell said, noting his surroundings. “Otherwise we’ll be having the end-of-the-year press conference right here.”
Down 3-1 in the best-of-seven series after dropping two games at ear-splittingly loud Madison Square Garden last weekend, the Cavaliers face the possibility of seeing their successful season end sooner than expected.
They’ve been pushed to the brink of elimination by the Knicks, who have been the tougher, more poised team and are one win from advancing to the second round for the first time since 2013 — and only the second time in 20 years.
Mitchell’s not considering anything but the here and now. For there to be a Game 6, the Cavs have to win Game 5.
“Doesn’t matter how,” Mitchell said. “If it’s ugly. If it’s pretty, If it’s by one. If it’s by 40. Gotta win the game, by any means necessary.”