CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cavaliers won on Monday night, holding off the awful New York Knicks 107-104 at Quicken Loans Arena, but in a way they lost, as in, losing ground to the Knicks in the race to the top of the Draft Lottery, and Duke’s Zion Williamson.
The win moved the Cavs to 12-45 on the season, a game and a half ahead of the league-worst Knicks (10-46) in the Eastern Conference standings (the Phoenix Suns, in the Western Conference, are between the Cavs and Knicks, at 11-47), although the three worst finishers will all have the same odds of winning the Lottery.
Still, nobody on either team is actually trying to lose, and the Cavaliers jumped out to a 15-point halftime lead, before things tightened up in the second half.
Collin Sexton led the Cavaliers with 20 points, including two big free throws with :17 remaining that put the Cavs up three.
The Knicks had a couple of chances to tie in the final seconds, but couldn’t convert. The loss was their 17th straight.