Novak, Knicks shoot down Cavaliers
Steve Novak hit five 3-pointers during a six-minute stretch in the second half and the New York Knicks erased a 17-point first-half deficit to hand the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers its third consecutive loss 120-103.
Jeremy Lin had 19 points and 13 assists and Carmelo Anthony had 22 points, but it was Novak’s 3-point flurry that sparked the Knicks.
Novak, who finished with 17 points, connected on a trio of 3-pointers over the final 3:53 of the third quarter and added two more within the first 2:09 of the fourth. His first 3 pulled the Knicks within 74-72 and his last gave the Knicks a 90-82 lead.
Lin was one assist shy of his career high and committed only one turnover, his fewest since moving into the starting lineup.
Antawn Jamison had 23 points and 10 rebounds and top overall pick Kyrie Irving had 22 points and seven assists for the Cavaliers, who scored just 42 points in the second half. The Cavaliers’ other three starters combined for 18 points.