Friday , Apr , 14 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Cavs clip Knicks without LeBron; NY’s Larry Brown hospitalized

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Larry Hughes had 26 points, 13 rebounds and
six assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 91-87 come-from-behind win
over the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 17 points, 14 boards and five blocks and Donyell
Marshall also scored 17 for the Cavs, who won for the third time in four
outings and without their best player.

Guard LeBron James missed the game because of a sprained left ankle he
suffered in Wednesday night’s loss to the Detroit Pistons. James is healthy
enough to play if the team needed him, but since the Cavs have already
clinched the fourth spot for the upcoming playoffs, it is likely the MVP
candidate will rest the remainder of the regular season.

“It feels good to come back and get the win,” said Marshall. “Not just without
LeBron but to just go out there and play. We do not want to go into the
playoffs stumbling.”

Nate Robinson had 32 points to lead the Knicks, who dropped their second
straight contest. Jamal Crawford added 19 points for New York, which didn’t
have another player score in double figures.

After the game head coach Larry Brown was taken to a local hospital on a
stretcher. He apparently wasn’t feeling well towards the end of the game and
needed to be taken for observation overnight.

The Knicks released the following statement after the game: “Larry Brown was
not feeling well near the end of the third quarter. his vital signs are
stable. Given the fact it came on so suddenly we decided to admit him in a
hospital in Cleveland for observation.”

Down 71-60 in the early stages of the final quarter, the Cavs began to chip
away. Damon Jones capped an 11-5 run with a three-pointer to draw Cleveland
within 76-71 with 6 1/2 minutes left.

Then, after Robinson drained a trey to extend New York’s lead to 79-71, The
Cavs went on an 11-1 surge. This time Hughes ended the burst with a bucket
with just over two minutes left to give the Cavs an 82-80 edge.

New York regained the lead on a Crawford three-pointer, 83-82, but that was
the last lead for the Knicks.

Flip Murray answered with a trey for Cleveland and the Cavs later hit four
straight free throws in the final seconds to secure the win.

Murray ended with 12 points for the Cavs, who led 41-37 at halftime after
playing to a 16-16 tie after 12 minutes of action.

Game Notes

Knicks guard Steve Francis missed the game due to lower back spasms. Robinson
started in Francis’ place…Malik Rose and Eddy Curry each had nine points for
NY…Despite the loss the Knicks won the season series from Cleveland 2-1…NY
fell to 7-32 on the road this season…Cleveland improved to 30-10 at home.