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Hardaway, Knicks give Cavs 4th loss in 5 games, 114-95

CLEVELAND (AP) After the Cavaliers' fourth loss in five games, LeBron James is turning to the calendar for comfort.

''What month is this for me? October? I'm not about to go crazy over it right now. It's too long of a season. I've been a part of this way too many times,'' James said after Sunday night's 114-95 loss to the New York Knicks.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 34 points, Kristaps Porzingis had 32 and the Knicks won for the second time after losing their first three games.

Cleveland, which was blown out by Orlando at home and lost to Brooklyn during this stretch, fell below .500. The Cavaliers were routed 123-101 in New Orleans on Saturday.

''Tonight's loss and the last couple are unacceptable,'' coach Tyronn Lue said.

The Cavaliers are favorites to return to the NBA Finals for the fourth straight season, but their issues continued, particularly on the defensive end.

''Guys are scoring at will against us,'' James said. ''Our defense is pretty bad right now.''

New York, after winning its first game Friday over the Nets, led 89-71 late in the third quarter. Cleveland cut it to 94-88 on James' drive, forcing New York to call a timeout with 8:21 left.

Courtney Lee scored on a drive and hit a 3-pointer, helping the Knicks make it 103-88. New York took its largest lead, 114-93, in the final minute.

''We could have folded against a veteran team like that, but we made some big shots and pulled it out,'' New York coach Jeff Hornacek said.

New York beat Cleveland for the first time since Oct. 30, 2014 - James' first game back with the Cavaliers after playing four seasons in Miami - a span that covered 10 games.

''It's nice to finally beat the Cavs for the first time in my career,'' Porzingis said. ''Hopefully we can be in the playoffs where that really matters.''

Hardaway came in shooting 27 percent in four games but scored 24 points in the first half. He was 11 of 19 from the field and hit 5 of 10 3-pointers.

''I did a lot more attacking,'' Hardaway said. ''I took the 3s when they were there. Seeing one go down opens up a lot.''

Kevin Love led the Cavaliers with 22 points while James had 16. Derrick Rose returned after missing four games because of a sprained left ankle and scored 15 points.

Cleveland led 13-10, but Hardaway scored 10 points, including two 3-pointers and a dunk off an alley-oop pass from Jarrett Jack, as New York went on a 14-0 run.

The Cavaliers tied it at 49 late in the second quarter, but the Knicks scored seven straight points and pushed the lead to 62-54 at halftime.

New York took over in the third quarter and built the lead to 17 on several occasions in the period.

BIG DAY REMEMBERED

Sunday marked the anniversary of James' professional debut in 2003 against Sacramento. He had 25 points with nine assists and six rebounds.

''I played better 14 years ago than I did tonight,'' James said.

ALMOST

Hardaway fell two points of his career high, which came on March 3 of last season against the Cavaliers while he played for Atlanta.

ANOTHER CHANGE

Rose's return meant Lue went with his fifth different starting lineup in the first seven games.

ANOTHER INJURY

Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert didn't play because of a sore right knee. He had spent time at point guard with Rose sidelined and started Saturday.

TIP-INS

Knicks: Porzingis had 12 rebounds while Enes Kanter had 18 points and 12 rebounds. ... Lee scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds. ... Jack and G Ramon Sessions each spent one full season with Cleveland.

Cavaliers: Cleveland's loss to Orlando snapped a 17-game winning streak against the Magic. ... Power forward Tristan Thompson had one point, no rebounds and four fouls in 19 minutes. ... Love hit two 3-pointers in the first six minutes, giving him 900 for his career.

UP NEXT

Knicks: Return home to play Denver on Monday night in their first back-to-back set of the season.

Cavaliers: Host Indiana on Wednesday night. Cleveland has won seven straight in the series at home.

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Key Players
K. Porzingis
6 F
L. James
23 F
36.5 Min. Per Game 36.5
26.0 Pts. Per Game 26.0
8.8 Ast. Per Game 8.8
6.7 Reb. Per Game 6.7
46.4 Field Goal % 58.6
45.5 Three Point % 59.0
77.8 Free Throw % 78.1
  Traveling violation turnover on Kyle O'Quinn 0:03
  Defensive rebound by Jarrett Jack 0:09
  Channing Frye missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Kyle O'Quinn 0:13
  Defensive rebound by Kyle Korver 0:23
  Kyle O'Quinn missed jump shot 0:27
+ 2 Derrick Rose made layup, assist by Jose Calderon 0:42
+ 3 Lance Thomas made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Frank Ntilikina 1:03
  Defensive rebound by Kyle O'Quinn 1:16
  Cedi Osman missed jump shot 1:20
  Offensive foul on Kyle O'Quinn 1:35
  Offensive foul on Kyle O'Quinn 1:35
Team Stats
Points 114 95
Field Goals 42-89 (47.2%) 31-81 (38.3%)
3-Pointers 13-28 (46.4%) 10-33 (30.3%)
Free Throws 17-21 (81.0%) 23-27 (85.2%)
Total Rebounds 57 48
Offensive 11 7
Defensive 40 34
Team 6 7
Assists 27 20
Steals 9 5
Blocks 6 5
Turnovers 14 15
Fouls 26 23
Technicals 0 0
34 PTS, 4 REB, 8 AST
16 PTS, 10 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo Knicks 2-3 29333022114
home team logo Cavaliers 3-3 1935212095
Team Stats
away team logo Knicks 2-3 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Cavaliers 3-3 101.1 PPG 41.4 RPG 19.2 APG
Key Players
T. Hardaway Jr. G 17.5 PPG 3.9 RPG 2.7 APG 42.1 FG%
K. Love F 17.6 PPG 9.3 RPG 1.7 APG 45.8 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Hardaway Jr. G 34 PTS 4 REB 8 AST
K. Love F 22 PTS 11 REB 1 AST
47.2 FG% 38.3
46.4 3PT FG% 30.3
81.0 FT% 85.2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Hardaway Jr. 41 34 4 8 2 0 1 4 11/19 5/10 7/8 2 2 55 +22
K. Porzingis 35 32 12 0 1 2 3 4 13/27 2/5 4/5 1 11 44 +21
E. Kanter 32 18 12 0 1 1 3 3 6/12 0/0 6/8 5 7 29 +6
C. Lee 38 15 10 3 2 0 1 4 6/11 3/6 0/0 0 10 32 +21
J. Jack 33 2 3 9 1 1 2 2 1/8 0/2 0/0 0 3 23 +22
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Hardaway Jr. 41 34 4 8 2 0 1 4 11/19 5/10 7/8 2 2 55 +22
K. Porzingis 35 32 12 0 1 2 3 4 13/27 2/5 4/5 1 11 44 +21
E. Kanter 32 18 12 0 1 1 3 3 6/12 0/0 6/8 5 7 29 +6
C. Lee 38 15 10 3 2 0 1 4 6/11 3/6 0/0 0 10 32 +21
J. Jack 33 2 3 9 1 1 2 2 1/8 0/2 0/0 0 3 23 +22
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Thomas 16 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 2/4 1/1 0/0 2 1 10 -2
F. Ntilikina 16 5 3 3 2 0 1 4 2/5 1/3 0/0 1 2 15 -2
D. McDermott 13 3 1 2 0 0 1 1 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 1 7 -6
K. O'Quinn 12 0 3 1 0 2 2 4 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 3 5 +13
R. Sessions - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Beasley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kornet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Hernangomez - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Kuzminskas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Baker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Dotson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 114 51 27 9 6 14 26 42/89 13/28 17/21 11 40 220 +95
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Love 34 22 11 1 1 0 2 4 5/15 3/8 9/10 4 7 34 -15
L. James 39 16 10 7 2 0 4 2 7/15 1/4 1/1 1 9 38 -17
D. Rose 31 15 3 3 0 0 4 1 6/14 0/2 3/3 1 2 20 -22
J. Smith 28 11 3 1 1 1 0 2 3/9 2/7 3/4 0 3 18 -24
T. Thompson 19 1 0 0 0 1 1 4 0/1 0/0 1/2 0 0 1 -6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Love 34 22 11 1 1 0 2 4 5/15 3/8 9/10 4 7 34 -15
L. James 39 16 10 7 2 0 4 2 7/15 1/4 1/1 1 9 38 -17
D. Rose 31 15 3 3 0 0 4 1 6/14 0/2 3/3 1 2 20 -22
J. Smith 28 11 3 1 1 1 0 2 3/9 2/7 3/4 0 3 18 -24
T. Thompson 19 1 0 0 0 1 1 4 0/1 0/0 1/2 0 0 1 -6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Korver 23 13 4 1 0 1 1 4 4/7 3/5 2/2 0 4 19 0
J. Green 14 6 2 0 0 0 0 3 2/6 0/1 2/3 1 1 8 -9
D. Wade 23 6 3 5 1 2 2 2 3/7 0/1 0/0 0 3 20 0
J. Crowder 20 5 5 1 0 0 1 1 1/5 1/4 2/2 0 5 11 +1
C. Osman 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -1
C. Frye 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 -1
J. Calderon 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 -1
J. Holland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Shumpert - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Perrantes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Zizic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 95 41 20 5 5 15 23 31/81 10/33 23/27 7 34 171 -95