Jarrett Jack caught fire late and the Cleveland Cavaliers slowed down the red-hot New York Knicks’ playoff push.
Jack dropped in 23 of his season-high 31 points in the second half and dished out 10 assists, as the visiting Cavs stormed from 15 down Sunday to end the Knicks’ eight-game winning streak 106-100.
“Jack was really big for us, not just the 31 points but the 10 assists,” Cavs coach Mike Brown said. “He took the shots and made the passes at the right time.
Dion Waiters added 22 points, Luol Deng had 13 for the Cavaliers (27-44) who shot a sizzling 61 per cent from the floor to stop a four-game slide.
After trailing 61-46 at the break, the Cavs received a spirited locker room speech from Brown and got back in the game, outscoring their hosts, 60-39 on an uncanny 23-of-30 field goal shooting.
“We had a hell of a talking to by our coach at halftime,” Jack said.
Behind by nine early in the fourth quarter, Jack scored 13 points including a 20-foot jumper to give the Cavs a 102-96 advantage with 1 minute 45 seconds remaining.
Elsewhere, Toronto Raptors 96, Atlanta Hawks 86: Kyle Lowry scored 13 of his 25 points in the decisive 36-15 final quarter, and the Raptors clipped the visiting Hawks to stop a modest two-game slide.
– Phoenix Suns 127, Minnesota Timberwolves 120: Markieff Morris came off the bench to score 25 points, Eric Bledsoe added 21 and the Suns stormed from 22 down in the first half to burn the T-Wolves.
– Denver Nuggets 105, Washington Wizards 102: Kenneth Faried had 20 points, Aaron Brooks sank four straight free throws in the final 12 seconds, and the Nuggets claimed their fifth straight home win.
– Sacramento Kings 124, Milwaukee Bucks 107: DeMarcus Cousins had 32 points with 12 rebounds, Isaiah Thomas scored 30, and the host Kings handed the Bucks their seventh straight loss.
– Brooklyn Nets 107, Dallas Mavericks 104 (OT): Joe Johnson scored 22 points, including the tying layup that forced overtime and the go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:30 left in the extra session, as the visiting Nets edged the Mavericks for their fourth straight win.
– LA Lakers 103, Orlando Magic 94: Jordan Hill had a career-high 28 points with 13 rebounds, Nick Young scored 26, and the playoff-eliminated Lakers handed the Magic their ninth straight loss.