Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers rallied from 23 points down with 2:12 left in the third quarter for a 104-101 victory over the New York Knicks Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

1. Before getting to coach Tyronn Lue’s gutsy move to yank his starters when the Cavs trailed by 17 points with 4:46 left in the third quarter, the quote of the night. Actually two.

2. Enes Kanter, who scuffled with LeBron James in the first quarter, with both drawing technical fouls in an escalation of a two-day war of words, wasn’t backing down after the game. Kanter was upset that James dissed rookie guard Frank Ktilikina when he said Saturday night that the Mavs’ point guard Dennis Smith Jr. should have been a Knick.

3. “I don't care who you are. What do you call yourself? King, Queen, Princess. Whatever you are. We're going to fight. Nobody out there is going to punk us,” Kanter said after the game, according to a tweet from Al Iannazzone of Newsday.

4. When that was relayed to James, James said, “Well, I’m the king, my wife is the queen and my daughter’s the princess, so we’ve got all three covered.”

5. Asked what happened when he and Kanter got into it under the Cavs’ basket with 40 seconds left in the first quarter, James said, “Nothing, we got the win. I’m not going to get, uh, I’m not going to say that guy’s name again, anyway.”

6. Apparently James feels the same way about ex-Knicks president Phil Jackson. Asked to assess the talent of the 7-6 Knicks, James said, “They’re playing some good basketball. I think the coach, Jeff Hornacek, is finally … with the release of the old fella, he’s finally allowed to implement what he wants to do on the team and it’s showing it’s very effective.”

7. Cavs guard Kyle Korver said of the furor James ignited in New York, “There’s a storyline with this team every day. I haven’t even been here a full season. I’m pretty numb to it by now. There’s always something with this team. I don’t think anybody really paid much attention.”

8. Now back to Lue’s line change. He lifted James, Kevin Love, Jae Crowder, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert and replace them with Channing Frye, Jeff Green, Kyle Korver, Dwyane Wade and rookie Cedi Osman.

9. The Cavs trailed 51-38 at halftime and cut the deficit to six points with 8:10 at the 8:10 mark on two 3-pointers by Crowder and one by James. But from there, the Knicks went on an 11-0 run, aided by three turnovers, and Lue had seen enough.

10. Apparently Lue didn’t say anything to the starting five when they got to the bench.

11. “I pulled them. Why do I have to say something? When guys came back in, they started playing the right way,” Lue said.

12. As for what James was thinking at that moment, James said, “Listen, man, we’ve got a lot of guys, obviously right at that point in time the five guys on the court weren’t getting it done. As the head coach, he had to make a change and we’ve got to respect that.

13. “I definitely had some bad turnovers that allowed them to get out and get to that run. I knew we had another half. I didn’t know I was going to get snatched like that early in the third, but I felt if I could get back in I could still make some plays that could help our team win. Just tried to stay focused on the job at hand -- to defend like I’m capable of, to get into the lane and believe in my shooters. I’ve got a lot of trust in those guys they’re going to knock ‘em down and they did that.”

14. James wasn’t “snatched” that early, but you get the point.

15. Crowder didn’t question Lue’s drastic move.

16. “To be honest with you, you’ve got to go with the flow on that, treat a team that’s home (with respect) because they’re capable, as you can see. I think our starters did a great job of (cheering) those guys on and encouraging them even though we had dug ourselves a hole there in the third,” Crowder said. “We did a great job of staying together and going with what coach believed in at the time.”

17. At the end of the third quarter, the Cavs still trailed by 15. Lue didn’t put a starter back in until 10:51 remained in the game, when James entered for Osman. James was followed by J.R. Smith for Green (8:14), but Lue stuck with Wade, Korver and Frye until 10.1 seconds remained and he sent in Green for Frye for defensive purposes.

18. When the second unit came in, Korver said he still believed the Cavs could win.

19. “Absolutely. That’s a lot of time,” Korver said of the Cavs’ chances. “This is an amazing place to make a comeback in. So, I think that unit has a lot of confidence right now. We just kept telling each other, ‘Keep chipping, just chip away. We’re not going to get it all back on one shot.’”

20. James raved about the subs.

21. “They were phenomenal. D-Wade, Channing, Cedi, Kyle and JG, they were everything to us winning this game,” James said. “Even though they had some miscues and things of that nature, they just came out and played with a lot of effort, a lot of energy and got us back in the game.”

22. Wade scored 11 of his 15 points on 5 of 7 field goals in the second half and also pulled down eight rebounds.

23. “We just tried to come in as a second unit and just tried to bring a little energy. The game was just kind of in a weird place. We couldn’t get any rhythm,” Wade said. “The second quarter we didn’t give up a lot of points at first, but we didn’t score a lot of points. We had a lot of shots, we weren’t making them and then we started turning the ball over and they just kept going and the score went up.”

24. Frye also played a big role, scoring nine points, six in the second half, and hitting a game-tying 3 off a James assist with 2:16 left.

25. “Just the whole game I thought he was big,” Lue said of Frye. “The second half especially, I thought defensively he was pretty good playing Kanter with post-ups, but also making big shots, moving the basketball, setting screens, moving his body. He did a really good job making that big 3 to tie it up. It was huge for us.”

26. Not to be overlooked was James’ defense on Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis down the stretch. The league’s second-leading scorer had 20 points, 10 below his average, but hit 7 of 21 field goals, 3 of 11 in the second half.

27. “We had to get stops, we were down so many points,” James said. “Trying to make it tough on him and use my IQ, knowing pros and cons of what guys like to do and just be solid. Not try and foul and put him on the free throw line. I was able to get some good stops and we were able to get out and score.”

28. Korver said what stood out to him about James night – 23 points, nine rebounds and 12 assists – was his defense. James might actually end up with a triple-double since his rebound of his miss with one second left was credited to the team.

29. “With his body he’s always going to get into the paint and make plays, but, he had a tough matchup there at the end,” Korver said of James. “That’s where he’s really special. He’s able to do everything on the court and not just get into the paint and make plays, not just make stepback dagger 3s. He’s able to do everything, and he showed that tonight in the fourth quarter.” James’ stepback 3 came with 1:23 left and gave the Cavs a 100-97 lead.

30. It marked the third big fourth quarter for Korver this season. He tied his career-high with 19 fourth-quarter points, hitting 5 of 8 3s in the final period. He finished with 21 points. He did the same thing Saturday to help the Cavs pull out a seven-point victory at Dallas, scoring all 13 of his points in the fourth. In a two-point loss to Atlanta on Nov. 5, Korver scored 19 of his 23 in the fourth.

31. “A-Maze-ing,” Crowder said of Korver. Of Korver’s seemingly endless energy at age 36, Crowder said, “It’s unbelievable.”

32. Wade said of Korver, “He’s an unbelievable shooter and he’s in unbelievable condition to run around the way he did, fight everybody to get those shots off. And he was down on himself a little bit for missing some shots he felt was open. We have all the confidence in the world in that guy. He’s one of the best shooters to ever play this game. To get going when he got that shot that bounced around the rim, we knew it was going to be a good night from there.”

33. Korver didn’t think it was going to be his night. He was playing in the moment, making five 3s after missing his first four.

34. “I love playing on this team. I think it’s a really good fit for me and playing off these guys. There’s a lot of weapons, and I just try to play loose and free, and knock down shots and play the right way,” Korver said.

35. Asked what turned it around, Korver said, “I just needed one to go down, first. And then I think I missed the next two. I actually felt pretty good. A couple shots didn’t feel that great, but I felt really good tonight. Those shots kept coming my way. I’ve played this game for a long time, and I’ve had many, many bad shooting nights. And teammates let me keep on shooting and keep being aggressive. Just kept at it.”

36. James marvels at how Korver excels when he’s closely guarded.

37. “You only throw it to Kyle when he has someone on him. When he’s wide open he’ll miss every dag-gone time,” James said. “I told him if I see him open I’m going to start running towards him and contest it. He makes shots. That’s what he does to us in practice when we’re chasing him around. That’s why he’s one of the greatest 3-point shooters this league is ever seen. I’m happy to have him on our side.”

38. The Cavs may have had a little extra energy at the end because they got an extra half hour of nap time by taking the subway back from shootaround instead of a bus.

39. “When in Rome. Go for a ride on the subway,” Korver said. “I loved it. It was like, ‘You can go for a long bus ride and hit every stop light or you can jump on that subway and get on back to the hotel.’ I’ve always loved taking the train, taking the subway. I’m glad someone is leading me where to go because I had no idea where I was.”