Friday night against Washington it was offensive rebounds. Tonight against the Knicks it was turnovers. Such is life with a young team, where as soon as one hole in the dam is plugged, another pops loose.
The Cavs lost to the Knicks tonight because they couldn't hold onto the ball. The Knicks average 7.5 steals per game, but they had 13 against the Cavs. Every starter had a turnover. Point guards Baron Davis and Ramon Sessions combined for seven turnovers and rookie Samardo Samuels had five.
Samuels was looking forward to his return to the Garden, but this trip wasn't nearly as much fun for him as the last.
Byron Scott reiterated after the game he expects better things next season. As it is, the Cavs are the first team in league history to lose 60 games a season after winning 60, according to Elias Sports Bureau. That type of futility is hard to believe considering where this team was a year ago.
J.J. Hickson 23 points, 8 rebounds
Baron Davis 22 points, 6 assists
Anthony Parker 11 points
Alonzo Gee 11 points
Ramon Sessions 10 points, 8 assists
Amar'e Stoudemire 28 points, 11 in fourth quarter
Carmelo Anthony 25 points, 19 in first half
Chauncey Billups 23 points, 17 in first quarter
The Cavs scored one basket through the first 4:44 of the fourth quarter, allowing the Knicks to extend a three-point lead to double figures.
The Cavs turned the ball over a season-high 22 times.
They said it
"Not in my wildest dreams. Didn't think we would have this type of season, didn't think we'd have the injuries that we've had and didn't see some of the turnovers in personnel, either." -- Cavs coach Byron Scott, on losing 60 games this season.
The Cavs (15-61) host the Charlotte Bobcats (32-44) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.