CLEVELAND – Kevin Love scored 20 points – nine straight in a 3-point barrage in just over a minute – and Darius Garland had 12 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers survived a late rally by New York to beat the Knicks 95-93 on Monday night.
Garland hit a late 3-pointer, 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.
Love, who has embraced his role as a reserve this season, scored 14 in the third quarter as the Cavs built a 14-point lead. The five-time All-Star dropped his three 3-pointers in a span of 67 seconds in the third.
Garland countered with a 3-pointer in the corner – he finished with 13 points – and the Cavs did just enough to hang on.