The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Knicks 106-100 Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.
The loss snapped the Knicks’ season-best eight-game win streak.
The Knicks were within four with under a minute to go. Carmelo Anthony drained a pair of three throws to cut the deficit to two before Jarrett Jack — who’s starting in place of the injured Kyrie Irving — nailed a jumper to give the Cavaliers’ a four-point cushion.
New York held a 61-46 lead at halftime before Cleveland recorded a 31-point third quarter. The Knicks were up 90-85 with under nine minutes remaining. Jack scored five consecutive points to tie up at 90-all before Luol Deng gave the Cavs the lead at 93-92. After Anthony helped New York regain the lead, Jack’s jumper put Cleveland ahead, again, en route to the win.
The win snapped Cleveland’s four-game losing skid.
Jack finished with a team-high 31 points and game-high 10 assists, in addition to five rebounds. Dion Waiters added 22 points while Deng had 13.
Anthony led the Knicks with 32 points and eight boards, while J.R. Smith and Raymond Felton had 18 and 14 points, respectively. Amar’e Stoudemire and Tim Hardaway Jr. each scored 12, while Tyson Chandler was limited to four points and six rebounds.
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The Knicks travel out the Pacific Coast to take on the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center Tuesday night at 10:30 p.m.