January 27, 2023

NEW YORK (AP) — Julius Randle had 36 points and 13 rebounds, and his eighth 3-pointer earned a tie with 2:07 left as the New York Knicks defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-103 Tuesday night.

Donovan Mitchell had 24 points, eight assists and seven rebounds on his return after a three-game absence with a left groin strain. But he had blocked his last three shots and was slow to get up after falling to the ground to salvage the Cavaliers’ final possession.

RJ Barrett added 16 points and Jalen Brunson had 14 for the Knicks, who were on a four-game losing streak.

Jarrett Allen had 24 points and 12 rebounds for Cleveland while Darius Garland added 22 points and six assists.

The Knicks led with 11 minutes remaining before Mitchell made a 3-pointer, Randle stole the ball and fed Isaac Okoro for a three-point game, then made another 3 for nine Cleveland points in a row in just under a minute of trimming it on 93-91.

Evan Mobley’s basket equalized with 2 1/2 minutes left before Randle responded with his 3 at the other end. Cleveland had two chances to tie it or cut it to one, but Mitchell was blocked first by Barrett and then by Isaiah Hartenstein on next possession.

Brunson then made two free throws for a five-point lead, but Garland had a three-point play that cut it to 105-103. The Cavs got the ball back from a shot clock injury and Mitchell drove into the lane but was stopped again by Hartenstein. Mitchell went down and the Cavs returned the ball to Evan Mobley, whose knight missed.

Cavs coach JB Bickerstaff then waved to two umpires that he was trying to get a time-out during possession that they missed.

Randle had five 3-points and 17 points in the first 9 1/2 minutes and the Knicks led 34-27 after a quarter. But he made just one shot in the second when Allen went 5 for 5 for 10 points as Cleveland cut it to 53-51 at the half.

TIP INS

Cavaliers: Mobley had 12 points after posting a career-high 38 points against Milwaukee on Saturday. … The Cavs have dropped both games at Madison Square Garden this season, where they have won 12 of their last 16.

Knicks: It was the ninth anniversary of Carmelo Anthony’s 62-point performance against Charlotte that set the Knicks’ and current Madison Square Garden’s single-game records. … Brunson will have his No. 1 jersey retired at Villanova, where he won two NCAA titles at halftime of his Feb. 8 game against DePaul.

NEXT

Cavaliers: Thursday in Houston.

Knicks: Thursday in Boston.

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