Love scored 20 points – nine straight in a 3-point barrage in just over a minute of the third quarter – and Garland added 12 assists and a critical late 3-pointer as Cleveland held on to beat the New York Knicks 95-93 on Monday night. “Julius wound up with a tough shot. Credit to their defense for the way they played us.”
Rookie Evan Mobley had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Isaac Okoro scored 14 points for the Cavs, who have won seven of eight and played much better after a sloppy win over Oklahoma City on Saturday. New York had several chances in the final two minutes, but Immanuel Quickly missed an ill-advised 3-pointer and Barrett was long on a 3.
“I think we should have won the game,” Barrett said.
Garland, who finished with 13 points, countered by corralling a long rebound near New York’s bench and hitting a 3-pointer from the corner, and the Cavs did just enough to hang on.