It was Kevin Love's first game at Quicken Loans Arena since returning from toe surgery. He finished with 14 points and nine rebounds in 16 minutes. He didn't play in the second half.
Love looked like his normal self, which is a huge development for the Cavaliers. He expects to play Wednesday night against the Nets, which is another step in the right direction.
Unfortunately the win impacts the battle for the number one pick in June's draft. The Cavaliers, Knicks, Suns and Bulls are all in contention for a bottom-three record, which would give them a 14 percent chance at securing the top pick in the draft lottery. New York falls to 10-46 on the season, which is the worst record in the NBA. The Cavaliers still have the third-worst record in the NBA, which would give them a 14 percent chance at securing the number one selection.
Cedi Osman didn't play for Cleveland, as he continues to deal with a sprained left ankle. Head coach Larry Drew says the second-year star could return to action on Wednesday against the Nets.