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New York Knicks defeat Cleveland Cavaliers: Postgame quotes and reactions

The Cleveland Cavaliers played host to the red hot New York Knicks and simply couldn't pull off the upset. Here's what the coaches and players had to say after the Cavs' loss at home.


The New York Knicks are in a pretty good place right now. They're hitting pretty much every shot that they take. The Cleveland Cavaliers put forth a solid effort, but couldn't get it done. Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks left Cleveland with a 101-91 victory.

Byron Scott:

"I was pretty happy with our effort. I thought we played hard and had open shots that we just couldn't knock down. That's what that team does. They make shots and they make them in bunches."

I was pretty shocked to see that the Knicks were throwing double teams at Tristan Thompson when he got the ball. Apparently, Byron was caught off guard too.

"I didn't think they would double him. When they did come after him, I thought he did a decent job of getting rid of the ball at times. Other times, I thought he did a pretty good job of attacking. The one thing we told him early was, ‘When the other dude comes, you got to go quick.' He went quick a couple of times, but more times than not, they did a good job of doubling and getting it out of his hands."

Kyrie Irving:

The Cavs hit a rough patch in the second quarter, and it was nice to see Kyrie take ownership of that.

"I think our pace slowed down a little bit, I take responsibility for that. Coming out, we wanted to make an emphasis on pushing the ball and be more aggressive. I felt like some of the opportunities as a team we didn't exploit. Going forward, we have to pay attention to our game plan."

Tyler Zeller:

I think Tyler does a good job of summing it up. When a team shoots that well, they're going to be hard to beat.

"They're very good. J.R. Smith didn't miss many and you have to tip your hat to them. They made some great shots and, unfortunately, we had a hard time making shots a little bit more difficult for them. They shot the ball very well."

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