Cavs reserves fall to Knicks in finale, 110-98

Cleveland will be 4th seed in East playoffs, face Pacers

Daryl Ruiter
April 11, 2018 - 10:23 pm
 Apr 11, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) drives against New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) in the second quarter

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – It didn’t take the Philadelphia 76ers long to render the Cavaliers regular season finale against the New York Knicks moot.

It also didn’t take head coach Tyronn Lue to pull key players with little to nothing on the line.

The Knicks won the game 110-98 but it didn't really matter.

John Holland scored 21 off the bench to lead the Cavs. Ante Zizic added 20 more in a game that ended up being a meaningless one because the Sixers routed the Milwaukee Bucks to secure the third seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Cavs will be the fourth seed and face Indiana, who they lost 3 of 4 to during the season, in the quarterfinals this weekend in a rematch from a year ago.

James played in his 82nd game this season but checked out with 1:27 remaining in the first quarter with the Cavs up 20-15 after scoring 10 points to keep his double digit scoring streak alive at 873 games and he pulled down 5 rebounds, securing a career-high average of 8.7 boards per game.

"I just know how I feel right now and I feel pretty good," James said. "Through a long strenuous season, I feel pretty good going into the postseason. Going into the postseason as healthy as I can be."

Lue started the second half with London Perrantes, John Holland, Cedi Osman, Tristan Thompson and Ante Zizic. That tells you where thigs stood and how meaningless the finale was. 

Kendrick Perkins, officially signed by the team earlier on Wednesday, checked in midway through the third quarter. He scored 3 points in 14 minutes.

"I just want to come in and bring experience," Perkins said prior to the game. "Work hard every day and keep reminding guys what's the goal at hand, what we're trying to accomplish and what we're trying to get done is bigger than one individual. Just want to make sure you put in the groundwork every day, punch in the clock, pay attention to the little things to try to get what we're all trying to get done. Try do my role, lead by example, speak when I need to speak and that's about it."