The Cavs hang on to beat Knicks 113-106

It wasn't pretty, but the Cavs got it done

James Rapien
December 12, 2018 - 9:31 pm
Dec 12, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Knicks forward Noah Vonleh (32) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (2) in the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

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The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the New York Knicks 113-106 on Wednesday night to improve to 7-21 on the season. 

Jordan Clarkson had a season-high 28 points. Rodney Hood had 23 points, including the go-ahead basket with 24 seconds left. 

Collin Sexton finished with 19 points and Matthew Dellavedova finished with 15 points, four rebounds and three assists. 

The Cavaliers got off to a quick start, making 54 percent of their first quarter shots en route to a 39-23 lead. They held the Knicks to 33 percent shooting in the first frame. Dellavedova made both of his three point attempts and the Cavs were cruising.

Things continued to go their way in the second quarter, as the lead grew to 22. The Knicks answered with a run of their own and Cleveland led 65-54 at halftime.

New York continued to make a surge at the start of the third quarter and tied the game multiple times. They entered the final frame tied at 86.

The Cavs took a six-point lead with two minutes to go, but Knicks' rookie Kevin Knox scored five points, including the go-ahead dunk that gave New York a 106-105 lead. That's when Hood answered with a spinning left hook and the Cavaliers had the lead the rest of the way. 

The Cavaliers have Thursday off, before hosting Milwaukee at The Q on Friday.