Recap: vs Cleveland (L 106-100)

The Knicks blew a(nother) 17-point lead Sunday, this time to the Cavaliers.

Jarret Jack’s jumper with 24.6 second was the dagger.

Not only in the game, but in the Knicks playoff hopes.

This was a huge opportunity lost, one we can’t afford. But we can’t get it back. We’ve just got to go on the road, win some games and try to come back home and win.

– Knicks guard/forward, JR Smith

The Good:  JR Smith broke a mini cold spell with 18 points.

The Knicks led by 15 at halftime on 59 percent shooting. They also knocked down eight of 12 3-point attempts.

The Hawks lost Sunday as well.

The Bad: Carmelo Anthony led the game with 32 points. After hitting six of his first seven shots, he went cold and missed 11 of his last 13 (0-for-5 in the fourth quarter). Luol Deng came back from ankle injury and stopped the Knicks forward from impacting the game late.

The Ugly: Without Iman Shumpert out (flu) Jack abused Raymond Felton for 31 points and 10 assists. His weapon of choice: the pick and roll. Jack shot six-for-seven (12 points) in the final period.

With Captain Jack orchestrating the offense, the Cavaliers shot 23-for-30 from the field in the second half.

The Difference:  A 9-0 run from the Cavs out of halftime changed the complexion of the game.

The Knicks only hit five of 18 shots in the fourth quarter . They shot 4-for-15 from beyond the arc in the second half.

Playoff Picture:  Looking grim, New York. The Knicks still trail Atlanta by three games with 12 games to play. After the West Coast trip, the Knicks return to a Eastern Conference playoff gauntlet: @Miami, vs. Chicago, plus two apiece against Brooklyn and Toronto.

Now what: The Knicks kick off a five-game road trip versus the Lakers Tuesday.


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