Kyrie Irving dropped 37 points and dished out 11 assists while his backup, point guard Jarrett Jack, added 17 points off of the bench as the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled to a 109-94 victory over the New York Knicks.
Carmelo Anthony had a team-high 29 points on 12-of-19 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Knicks.
Although the Knicks are now just 5-15 on the season and were barely competitive (outside of an excellent second quarter), there was somewhat of a bright spot. Big man Amar’e Stoudemire played 27 minutes off of the bench, scored 15 points on seven-of-10 shooting and pulled down five rebounds.
J.R. Smith had 14 points, but it took him 14 shots to do it. Besides Anthony, the only Knicks’ starter in double figures was Andrea Bargnani, who scored 11 points.
The Cavaliers shot an incredible 56.8% (42-of-74) from the field and hit 47.4% of their three-pointers (nine-of-19). The Knicks shot just 46.0% (40-of-87) from the field and hit only 32.3% of their threes (10-of-31). The Knicks were not aggressive at all and only attempted five free throws. The Cavaliers had a 12-point advantage from the charity stripe.