CAVALIERS 91 KNICKS 81| QUICKEN LOANS ARENA
How it happened:
The Knicks seemed poised to record their second consecutive victory on the four-game road trip after building a 40-31 lead with 3:26 remaining in the half. Cleveland’s late rally however and 14-5 run, tied the game at 45-45 heading into the locker room.
Throughout the second half, the Cavaliers controlled the game behind the solid play of 2011 No. 1 overall pick Kyrie Irving. New York fell behind by 11 points in the last five minutes and could not mount a comeback despite a strong drive from Carmelo Anthony at the 5:13 mark and big baseline dunk from Amar’e Stoudemire a minute later.
Anthony was limited to 14 shots but the Knicks small forward attempted to involve his teammates, tallying six assists over the course of the night. Landry Fields continued his five- game streak of double-digit performances by scoring 13 in Cleveland. Toney Douglas jumped off the pine for eight points and rookie Iman Shumpert posted seven.
The 91-81 loss on Wednesday night drops the Knicks to 7-11 on the season with two more road games on the docket.
Stoudemire scored eight of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 14 rebounds on the night. The big man was relentless on the offensive glass with 6 offensive board and was aggressive on both ends of the court, snagging two steals in the defeat.
News and Notes:
The Knicks picked up Toney Douglas’ fourth-year team option. The point guard will be under contract through 2012 as the team announced on Wednesday.
Baron Davis did not play on Wednesday and there is no specific timetable for his return. Davis will continue rehab and hopes to contribute soon.
After completing the first back-to-back set of the four-game road trip, the Knicks boarded a plane for Miami. On Friday night, New York faces the Heat in a much anticipated Eastern Conference showdown that can be seen on MSG Networks.