At the half, the Cleveland Cavaliers found themselves down by double-digits to the New York Knicks. But behind excellent second half performances from Jarrett Jack and Dion Waiters, the Cavaliers battled back. Outscoring the Knicks by 21 points over the final 24 minutes, Cleveland ultimately won by a final score of 106-100. Cleveland’s win snapped the Knicks’ eight game winning streak.
Key Play to the Game
Near the end of the game, after Jack had hit a long two, Knicks star Carmelo Anthony drove down the middle of the lane. But Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao was waiting for him and took a huge charge that ended the Knicks last chance at still winning the game.
Wine & Gold MVP
Jarrett Jack played his best game of the season tonight – no question about it. He not only scored 31 points, but also dished out 10 assists. He still had a few questionable shots, but Jack was overall outstanding tonight. Jack and Dion Waiters combined for almost half of the Cavaliers’ points, outplaying the Knicks backcourt for most of the second half. Jack, in particular, was outstanding down the stretch, knocking down shot after shot down the stretch.
— Tom Lorenzo (@TomLorenzo) March 24, 2014
Varejao is also a 2015 FA.
— Quentin (@Haynesenberg) March 24, 2014
By my count, that makes 15 guys who’ve logged a season-high point total against the Knicks this season. 14 of those players were guards.
— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) March 24, 2014
Nice job by Waiters to find Jack like that. Too bad Jack was out of bounds though.
— WayneEmbrysKids (@WayneEmbrysKids) March 24, 2014
Jarett Jack: certified Knicks killer.
— netw3rk (@netw3rk) March 24, 2014
Maybe the Knicks would trade for Jarrett Jack this summer.
— Mike Mayer (@RS64mikemayer) March 24, 2014
This would be a bad loss for the Knicks. #analysis
— Scott Cacciola (@ScottCacciola) March 24, 2014
Kyrie’s been deadly since he shaved his head and put on 15 pounds.
— Seth Rosenthal (@seth_rosenthal) March 24, 2014
The Cavaliers have tomorrow off before traveling back home to take on the Toronto Raptors. Cleveland is 0-2 versus Toronto this season, with both losses coming by fewer than 10 points. Of course, the Cavaliers were near full strength in both of those games and the roster is currently slightly weakened by injures. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. from Quicken Loans Arena.