Franchise-Record 17th Straight Loss — Feb 11, 2019: Cleveland 107 NY 104

A fun loss — 17th straight setting the Knicks franchise record. This one came down to the final minute — Luke Kornet missed a 3 with 21 seconds left that would have given the Knicks (down by 1 at the time) a 2-pt lead and possibly the win. But he missed. Dennis Smith Jr got a chance to tie it with a 3 with .2 seconds left. But he missed.

And still everything is happy in Knicks Universe. They have:

The Game

Mitchell Robinson continued to electrify the tv screen. He gets up so high for alley oop slam dunks it is astonishing.

And the block shots. And he is not fouling as much anymore. Quick learner? Last night Robinson had 10 pts (5 for 6 shooting), 8 rebounds, 2 blocks in 24 minutes.

Kadeem Allen — who lost 25 pounds from preseason — continued to look like a terrific player. Allonzo Trier looks like he’s going thru a learning/development phase where he’s been instructed to pass first — while Kadeem Allen looks like Trier earlier this year — when he gets ball he attacks; trying to make it in NBA.

The play of the night was Mario Hezonja‘s tomahawk slam dunk.

Kevin Knox did some nice things on the court again. He has a beautiful jumper. At one point he ran the court length-to-length after a rebound and made a nice layup in traffic. Last night he was 1-7 from 3, and 5-16 overall. His shooting from 2 — which seems to be mostly layups — must improve. Don’t mind the 1-7 from 3 but he has to get better finishing at the rim. With that said, here’s a highlight of a 2-pt jumper:

This was John Jenkins first game as a Knick. The sharp shooter just signed hit his shots (3-5, 7 pts plus a nice alley oop to Robinson, shown above). DeAndre Jordan played well (12 pts, 10 rebounds in 24 minutes — Robinson and he split the 48 minutes at center). Frank Ntilikina and Emmanuel Mudiay both are still out with injuries.

And that’s all we really have to say about his 17th consecutive loss.

For Cleveland

Collin Sexton looks exceptional. Quick and he penetrates and he can hit the 3 (shooting 40% for the season). Larry Nance Jr is a terrific force inside. Jordan Clarkson an assassin still — playing with LeBron James last year really pushed him into a shell. Kevin Love — 14 pts and 9 rebounds last night — seems to have less value than he used to; a forgotten one-time star. Matthew Dellavedova — another star of past playoff finals glory — came off the bench as usual and looked good as usual.

The boxscore:

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