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Rapid Reaction: Cavs 109, Knicks 94

Mike Woodson's seat must be uncomfortably hot after Tuesday's loss to Cleveland.

The Knicks trailed by 18 in the first quarter and 18 in the third, and they ended up losing by 15.

The Knicks are 5-15, matching the worst start in franchise history, according to ESPN Stats & Information. New York has lost 11 of 13. They fell at home in embarrassing fashion to the Celtics on Sunday, losing by 41.

That's why there are serious questions about Woodson's job status.

Missing the point: The Knicks' season-long struggles defending quality point guards continued on Tuesday.

Cleveland's Kyrie Irving torched the Knicks for 37 points and 11 assists. He had 11 points and four assists early on as Cleveland built a double-digit lead. Turns out, he was just getting warmed up. He went off for 26 points in the second half to put the Knicks away.

Irving led a Cavs team that shot 57 percent from the field and 47 percent from beyond the arc.

Success against New York is nothing new for Irving. He had a 41-point game against the Knicks last season.

Bad Bargnani: Andrea Bargnani struggled mightily against Cleveland. The Knicks' 7-footer missed 12 of his 17 shots against the Cavs and finished with 11 points.

The Knicks were outscored by 22 in Bargnani's 32 minutes on the floor.

J.R. Smith, one of the players Woodson has shown the most trust in, also had a bad night shooting.

The Sixth Man had 14 points on 5-for-14 shooting. He also had three turnovers.

Positive note: The only two players who had strong games on Tuesday were Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire.

Anthony had 29 points and eight rebounds. He hit 12 of his 19 shots.

Stoudemire had 15 points on 7-for-10 shooting in a season-high 27 minutes.

What's next: The Knicks (5-15) will take on the Chicago Bulls in the second game of a back-to-back on Wednesday. Will Woodson be the coach?

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