When he nailed a 3-pointer to cut Cleveland’s lead to 92-81 with 9:52 remaining, Jennings celebrated vigorously, and the Knicks later closed the gap to 5 points. But even without the injured Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers, the reigning N.B.A. champions, had more than enough to hold off the Knicks in LeBron James, who finished with 32 points and 10 assists. Kevin Love added 23 points and 16 rebounds.
The defeat left the Knicks reeling again. They dropped to 22-30 and face countless issues. Derrick Rose sat out a fourth straight game because of a sprained ankle, and Joakim Noah missed the second half because of a sore left hamstring. The Cavaliers throttled the Knicks for large parts of the game. Carmelo Anthony, again, was booed at home.
“It seems like they’ve been booing a lot since Jan. 1 because we’ve been playing so poorly,” Jennings said. “It’s all of us. It’s not just one person.”
He added: “We just need to play hard and play with effort. Who cares what the score is? Just play hard. That’s the main thing. Dive on the floor.”
It seems unlikely, however, that effort alone will solve the Knicks’ ills. The team…