Fourth quarter rally is too little too late as New York Knicks fall to Cavs 2
Feb 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) steals the ball from Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks had no hope of beating the Cavs due to their efforts in the first three quarters and the play of Carmelo Anthony.

  • Cleveland Cavaliers 111 (34-15)
  • New York Knicks 104 (22-30)
  • NBA, Box Score, Final
  • Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

Too little too late. The New York Knicks played a miserable first half and were down 27 points with 2:35 left in the third quarter before ending on an 11-0 run.

Despite outscoring the Cleveland Cavaliers 36-27 behind the stellar fourth quarter play of Brandon Jennings and Willy Hernangomez, it was too little too late. When you’re playing one of the best teams in the NBA you can’t just show up for the final twelve minutes.

The lion’s share of the blame for this one is going to fall on Carmelo Anthony‘s shoulders. He did have one of his worst games of the season and was severely outplayed by his rumored trade counterpart Kevin Love.

LeBron James put on another Madison Square Garden show with 32 points, 10 assists (one more magnificent than the next), and five rebounds.

When Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis finish at a combined 9-of-30 from the field with 26 points the Knicks aren’t going to win many games.

Key Player

Joakim Noah left the game in the first quarter due to injury and didn’t return, and Willy Hernangomez took advantage. He logged a career-high 36 minutes and scored 16 points to go along with 5 rebounds.

Key Stat

The Knicks missed 14 free-throws (14-28) after missing 12 in Wednesday’s win against the Brooklyn Nets. Anthony was 1-of-6. It really wasn’t his night.

Up Next: The Knicks host the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, Feb. 6, at 7:00 p.m. ET.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.