Jan 30, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (5) dryves up to the basket during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden. New York Knicks won 117-86. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Instant Reaction: New York Knicks 117, Cleveland Cavaliers 86

Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Final Outcome

Ugh. On the heels of a 1-4 home stand and new rumors about the future of Kyrie Irving in Cleveland. The Cavaliers went into Madison Square Garden and were blown out by the New York Knicks 117-86 . Things were bad early as you can see below.

Things only got worse from there. The Knicks shot over 60 percent and lead 38-21 after the first quarter. They cooled off during the second quarter, only scoring 22 points. However the Cavaliers only scored 15 points during the same span, so the Knicks lead still increased to 60-36 at the half. By this point the game was over and the second half was a mere formality.
Key Play of the Game: Early turnovers set the stage for the Knicks running away with the game, particularly one that led to a thunderous Tyson Chandler dunk off a pick-and-roll with Raymond Felton. The Cavaliers turnovers were both frequent and comical.

Turnovers are a part of basketball, but the Cavaliers execute so poorly on offense that they have the kinds of turnovers no NBA team should ever have. Wine & Gold MVP: I refuse to acknowledge that the Cavaliers had an MVP tonight, but at least Luol Deng seemed to care about what was going on out on the floor. That is more than can be said for many of his teammates.

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Up Next

The Cavaliers travel to Houston to take on James Harden, Dwight Howard, and the Rockets on Saturday at 8:00. That should end well. Right now this is a team that is at a crossroads. Not just in terms of making the playoffs (although that ship has probably sailed), but in which direction the Cavaliers will be headed over the next few years. Do they ship veterans such as Miles, Jack, Deng, and even Varejao out for young talent and draft picks and give it a shot again next year? Do they trade young players such as Waiters for some proven veterans who could help change the culture of the team? Chris Grant and the entire Cleveland Cavaliers organization has some big decisions to make over the next three weeks as the NBA trade deadline looms.

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