The Cleveland Cavaliers mounted a furious second-half rally in their 106-100 victory over the New York Knicks.
Experience can be the best teacher, if lessons are learned from mistakes made.
For the third straight game, the Cleveland Cavaliers found themselves trailing an opponent by double digits at halftime, but in Sunday's game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, the players were determined not to let history repeat itself.
The Cavaliers outpaced the Knicks by eight points in the third quarter and 13 in the fourth en route to their 106-100 victory inside the hallowed walls of "The World's Most Famous Arena."
"We're just going to fight," point guard Jarrett Jack told Fox Sports Ohio following the win. "That's how we represent Cleveland Cavaliers basketball. That's how we represent the city of Cleveland We always have a hard hat mentality and we're going to play until that final buzzer."
The Knicks scored only 39 points in the second half, after totaling 34 in the first and 61 by the intermission.
Jack said it was "just effort" that led to the comeback victory, the Cavaliers' first in their last five outings.
"That's mainly what defense is," Jack said. "That's the thing you try to control, each and every night. I thought we did a good job of talking, communicating out our coverages. (Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is) a hell of a player. We did a good job of making his looks difficult down the stretch and the ball bounced our way tonight."
While effort was part of the comeback, the other factor was pride.
According to his players, Brown challenged the team at halftime, and that caught their attention.
"We got a hell of a talking to from our coach at halftime," Jack said. "He kind of just lit a fire underneath us. The guys came out and responded. I thought guys like Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson, Luol (Deng) made tremendous plays to get us going in the second half and we were able to pull out the victory."
Guard Dion Waiters added, "Coach challenged us. He definitely challenged us, challenged me. I didn't take as punishment. I just took it as a challenge. I wanted to go out there, be aggressive and make the guys feel me on the defensively end.
Brown said he challenged the players because he felt as though the team was "going through the motions on both sides of the basketball" during the first half.
"Defensively, they got whatever they wanted because they didn't feel us at all," Brown said. "I thought offensively, we didn't move the ball at all. I think we had three assists maybe. I think we ended the first half with six assists total, but it was terrible. Whatever it was, the ball wasn't moving. We had too many guys trying to make individual plays, and at halftime, we talked about it.
"We watched a little bit of film and I give our guys credit. They came out in the second half, and I thought that the first unit set the tone. Even though we went small the rest of the half, for the most part, once we took our bigs out, our first unit was really big for us to set the tone at the beginning of the second half.
"I just challenged them. I didn't say much. The guys in the locker room, they decided to go play and they went out there and they got it done. Their intensity level on both ends of the floor was better. They shared the basketball a whole heck of a lot better, and when we had the opportunity to get out in transition, we ran the right way. The group of guys in that locker room, give them credit for going out and getting this W."