The New York Knicks came into Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday night still haunted by their 41-point home loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday afternoon. They faced the 7-13 Cleveland Cavaliers, but the Cavs had won three of their last four to get on a mini roll.
That role continued as the Cavs smoked the Knicks 106-90. Kyrie Irving played incredible basketball and finished with 37 on the evening along with 11 assists. Carmelo Anthony led New York with 29 points and Amar'e Stoudemire turned in a strong effort with 15 points, two blocks and a steal.
The Knicks looked atrocious in the first quarter and trailed 27-9, but they bounced back with better defense in the second quarter and trimmed Cleveland's lead to 48-45 by halftime.
The first-quarter Knickerbockers returned in the third quarter and Cleveland ran away with the game. The Knicks fall to 5-15 on the season and are the second-worst team in the conference. They will be dealing with questions about a potential coaching change right up until tipoff against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.
The Cavs move into ninth place in the East and can rest easy in advance of their Friday night meeting with the Orlando Magic.