The Knicks look to establish some consistency when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night. While the Knicks were stunning the host Bucks 113-98, Darius Garland sank the tying and go-ahead free throws with 4.8 seconds left as the visiting Cavaliers overcame a 15-point second-half deficit and edged the Toronto Raptors 102-101.
The Knicks appeared headed for a third straight loss when they trailed the Bucks 38-19 and twice fell behind by 21 points early in the second. “It’s a long game and we kept fighting and got it down to a manageable number.”
The win by the Knicks marked the first time since at least the 1997-98 season – the first in which the NBA started tracking the play-by-play in box scores – that they won a game by double digits after trailing by at least 20 points. It’s just the third time Cleveland has been multiple games over.500 since James’ final season in his hometown in 2017-18.
The formula was different Friday for the Cavaliers, who almost squandered a 17-point fourth-quarter lead in a 113-110 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday and withstood a last-second game-tying 3-point attempt by the Portland Trail Blazers in a 107-104 win Wednesday.