Knicks snag meaningless win over Cavs, fall to 9th lottery seed

Knicks snag meaningless win over Cavs, fall to 9th lottery seed

CLEVELAND — The Knicks won one for Jeff Hornacek and lost one for lottery odds.

By beating the depleted Cavaliers, 110-98, the Knicks finished with a 29-53 record to end up with the ninth lottery seed. The Knicks would have tied for the eighth seed had they lost Wednesday, in what is likely Hornacek’s final game as the Knicks’ coach.

The Knicks will have a 1.7 percent chance of winning the lottery and 6.1 percent chance of rising to a top-three pick. They are most likely to select ninth or 10th (93.5 percent chance) — with a .04 percent chance of falling to 11th.

That didn’t deter Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry from standing outside the locker room, high-fiving each player as they entered after the game.

The Knicks took a 57-37 lead at halftime, as LeBron James played the just the first 10:33. He was yanked after notching 10 points to keep his scoring streak of 873 straight games in double-digits alive.

Rookie center Luke Kornet led the Knicks with a career-high 23 points, making 9-of-14 shots. Frank Ntilikina added 16 points.

Eight players from their 15-man roster were out — including Enes Kanter (back), Tim Hardaway Jr. (ankle) and Emmanuel Mudiay (concussion).

“Obviously not what we wanted,’’ Hornacek said of the season, “but guys continued to play to the end.’’

With James not playing the final three periods and the Cavs’ chances of a third seed shot as the 76ers routed the Bucks, James joined Kevin Love, Rodney Hood and Kyle Korver on the shelf.

The Cavaliers finish with the fourth seed and face the Pacers in the first round.

The Bulls’ loss also means the Knicks will select 37th in the second round with Chicago’s pick.

James finished arguably his finest regular season, playing 82 games for the first time, averaging 27.5 points, 8.7 rebounds and 9.1 assists. And, thanks to James Harden, he still may fall shy of the MVP award.

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