Knicks lose again, thumped 109-94 by Cavs

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 10, 2013 at 9:31 pm •  Published: December 10, 2013
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CLEVELAND (AP) — His arms folded across his chest, New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson watched helplessly as three Cleveland players streaked past him on the way to an uncontested layup.

Woodson couldn't stop the Cavaliers.

Right now, he can't do much about his sinking Knicks either.

Kyrie Irving had 37 points and 11 assists and Jarrett Jack added 17 points, leading the Cavs to a 109-94 victory over the hard-to-figure Knicks on Tuesday night.

Fresh off an embarrassing 41-point loss at home to Boston on Sunday, New York dropped to 5-15 and made Woodson's future even more uncertain. The Knicks have lost 11 of 13.

"I don't have the answer to what we have to do," Carmelo Anthony said. "You can't coach or you can't teach energy. The losing is becoming unacceptable. Hopefully, everybody feels like that. I can't be the only one who is feeling like that."

Irving scored 12 points in the third quarter, when the Cavs outscored the defenseless Knicks 33-20 and pulled away. Tristan Thompson added 12 points — two on a ferocious put-back dunk — and had nine rebounds as Cleveland won its fourth straight at home.

Anthony scored 29 points and Amare Stoudemire had 15 for the Knicks, who erased an early 18-point deficit, gave it all back, fell behind by 19 and weren't aggressive.

New York attempted just five three throws.

"This is all new to me," Stoudemire said. "I've never been 5-15 before in my career. The only thing we can do is stay positive."

Anthony said there are bigger things to worry about than any looming changes.

"If we start thinking about that, we're going to be 5-25," he said. "It will all go downhill."

After being outscored 22-4 during one stretch of the second quarter, the Knicks got it together — briefly. New York only trailed by three at halftime and the Knicks were showing some signs of life, one game after enduring the most lopsided loss in the NBA this season.

Anthony's 3-pointer pulled New York within 53-52, but Thompson scored on a sensational, one-handed dunk, triggering an 8-0 run that made it 61-52.

"I did take it out on the rim," said Thompson, who was frustrated by early foul trouble. "Sorry, rim."

Irving hit a 3-pointer, and moments later, Cleveland's Alonzo Gee tipped the ball away from New York guard Pablo Prigioni near midcourt. Gee picked up the loose ball and led a three-on-none Cavs break past Woodson, who stood on the sideline unable to prevent Cleveland from scoring another easy basket.

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