Morris leads Knicks past Cavaliers 139-134 in overtime

CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Love doesn’t know what the future holds. All he can do is make the most of the present.

Right now, that’s not easy in Cleveland.

Love scored a season-high 33 points in possibly his final home game with the Cavaliers, but Marcus Morris Sr led the New York Knicks to a 139-134 overtime victory yesterday.

Morris’ basket from the left wing gave New York a 135-134 lead with a minute to play. He added another jumper and two free throws on his way to 26 points.

The Cavaliers lost for the 11th time in 12 games. They have dropped 11 straight at home.

Love, the subject of trade rumours ahead of tomorrow’s deadline, was 12 of 20 from the field. He also grabbed 13 rebounds.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Love said. “We’ll let the chips fall. I’ve been saying that, but I expect to probably finish the season out here and continue to play extremely hard.”

Love hit a jumper to put Cleveland ahead 134-133 with 1:19 left.

Morris missed the morning shoot-around because of an illness. He was eight of 15 from the field and made all eight of his free throws.

“I’ve still got a little stomach virus there, but I’m good,” Morris said.

New York’s Elfrid Payton, returning from a one-game suspension, had 17 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds for his first triple-double of the season.

Cleveland led 118-108 with five minutes to play in regulation, but New York rallied behind Morris, who scored 10 points in the quarter to push the Knicks ahead.

“We took it kind of bitter,” Morris said of the deficit. “I told the guys, ‘Step up right now, the game is not over.’ I got into positions, they got the ball where I needed it, and I just made it happen.”

Julius Randle’s layup gave New York a 127-124 lead before Collin Sexton’s three-pointer tied the game with 13 seconds left. Morris missed a jumper, but the Knicks got the rebound and called timeout.

New York Knicks’ Marcus Morris Sr drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Cedi Osman. PHOTO: AP