Wins and loses seem meaningless now as Knicks continue to fall into oblivion at 8-21. But Kevin Knox put on another SHOW in Cleveland. And Frank Ntilikina had his second straight excellent scoring game. Knicks fell way behind in the first half — down by 22 at one point — and then made a second half surge to take the lead with a minute left in the game — on a spectacular team play — Enes Kanter with excellent interior defense, led to a dive-for-loose-ball and pickup by Emmanuel Mudiay, then the outlet to Knox for a SLAM in traffic.
But Knicks fumbled away the lead — as Mudiay tossed away their final chance on an inbounds that he threw into the other team’s hands as Kanter failed to free himself in the paint — the play was intended to get the ball to him with 13 seconds left down by 1, and Knicks were out of timeouts.
Rebecca Harlow tweeted after the game that:
- “Last thought before we take-off: Frank Ntilikina backed up one big game with another. Told me taking over felt ‘natural’ against Charlotte and he realizes he can build from that baseline. Saw the same aggressiveness tonight. Solid breakthrough.”
Before the game, she tweeted:
- “Kevin Knox getting start tonight; tells me he feels like a completely different player since his last start on 11/18/18. Biggest difference? He’s adjusted to the pace; can read defense & overall confidence.”