After three quarters of nearly dead-even basketball, it looked like the New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers were headed for a wild finish, but from that point forward, the road team put its foot on the gas, and when the dust settled, the Knicks had grabbed a 107-97 victory.
New York entered the night with back-to-back wins, and they picked up where they left off, especially on offense. As usual, Carmelo Anthony led the way with 26 points on 10 for 23 shooting, but it was the frontcourt support that he received that was key to the final margin of victory. Tyson Chandler (15 points, 11 rebounds) and Amar’e Stoudemire (17 points, 12 rebounds) both provided double-doubles, and that helped the Knicks dominate the glass to the tune of a 49-37 advantage.
For Cleveland, it was simply a matter of lacking the ability to get stops, especially with regard to allowing 13 offensive rebounds. Kyrie Irving was utterly tremendous with 30 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists, but aside from Spencer Hawes (21 points, 10 rebounds), there wasn’t a lot in the way of help for Cleveland’s best player.
The Knicks have now won 3 straight games, and with this decision, New York pulls within 1 game of Cleveland for the 10th spot in the Eastern Conference standings. In a lost season, small victories become magnified, and at the very least, the Knicks are playing their best basketball right now.