Knicks late blunder extremely costly in loss to Cavs

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CLEVELAND — The Knicks rally came up short.

Jordan Clarkson scored 28 points and a basket by Rodney Hood in the fourth quarter gave Cleveland a late lead as the Cavaliers defeated the Knicks 113-106 on Wednesday — all after squandering a 22-point lead.

Hood put the Cavaliers in front 107-106 with 23 seconds remaining after the Knicks took a one-point lead on rookie Kevin Knox's fast-break dunk with 32 seconds left.

Hood added 23 points, rookie Collin Sexton scored 19 and Matthew Dellavedova, playing his first him game for Cleveland since being re-acquired from Milwaukee, had 15 points.

Enes Kanter and Tim Hardaway each scored 20 points for the Knicks, which lost its fifth straight. Knox, moved into the starting lineup before the game, finished with 19.

Emmanuel Mudiay missed in the lane following Hood's basket and Cedi Osman made two free throws, putting Cleveland up by three points. Larry Nance Jr. stole Mudiay's inbounds pass and Dellavedova's two free throws pushed the Cavaliers lead to 111-106.

Cleveland led 53-31 midway through the second quarter, but the Knicks began a flurry that carried through the third period and tied the game at 86.

Cleveland played its first game without center Tristan Thompson, who could miss a month with a sprained left foot.

The matchup of teams near the bottom of the Eastern Conference began as a blowout, but turned into a tight contest.

Cleveland hit 15 of 28 shots in the first quarter and built a 53-31 lead midway through the second. Kanter helped move the Knicks closer with nine points in the quarter.

The Knicks’ run continued in the third quarter and Cleveland coach Larry Drew called two timeouts in the first four minutes of the period.

Hardaway hit a pair of 3-pointers and Kanter scored on a tip-in before Noah Vonleh's layup tied the game for the first time since the score was 8-8, three minutes into the game.

Dellavedova received a standing ovation when he entered in the first quarter. Dellavedova hit his first 3-pointers in the half, leading to a bigger ovation with each shot.

Thompson is averaging 12 points and 11.6 rebounds in 27 games. The eighth-year veteran was injured when he twisted his foot while landing on the foot of Milwaukee guard Malcolm Brogdon on Monday.

NETS STUN 76ERS

Spencer Dinwiddie scored a career-high 39 points off the bench and Allen Crabbe had 20 to lead the Nets to a 127-124 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

Joel Embiid had 33 points and 17 rebounds and Ben Simmons scored 22 for Philadelphia, which played without Jimmy Butler because of a strained groin.

It was the Nets’ second victory over Philadelphia (19-10) in three meetings.

Down 11 in the fourth quarter, the Sixers closed to 111-105 on Embiid's free throws and a 3-pointer with 3:24 left. Dinwiddie's basket extended the lead to 115-105.

Landry Shamet hit consecutive 3s in the final minute to cut Brooklyn's lead to 123-118 with 22.9 seconds left. The Nets (11-18) got a pair of free throws from Dinwiddie before Shamet nailed another 3. But Dinwiddie made two more free throws to ice it.

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