James and Jones power Cavs past Knicks
New York, NY (Sports Network) – LeBron James and Damon Jones each scored 29
points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers over the New York Knicks, 102-96, at
Madison Square Garden.
Jones drained 7-of-10 three-pointers for his season-high in points, while
James hit 10-of-19 shots from the floor, including a number of big ones down
the stretch for Cleveland, winners of three straight.
Nate Robinson had 19 points and Jamal Crawford scored 18 for the Knicks, who
have lost three in a row and six of seven. Robinson and Crawford led a New
York reserve squad that fell two points shy of its starters.
The Knicks made it a game after falling behind 81-67 when Jones drained a
three-pointer early in the fourth quarter. Crawford spearheaded a 15-3 run
by scoring seven points during the surge, which he capped with a basket with
just over six minutes left.
Cleveland later extended to a 95-89 lead after James converted a three-point
play with 2 1/2 minutes left, but Crawford again got the Knicks within a
possession of the lead. This time he drained a three-pointer from near
midcourt as time expired on the shot clock and then converted a breakaway dunk
with just under two minutes to play, making it a 95-94 contest.
Larry Hughes, however, hit a long jumper on the Cavs’ next trip down the floor
and Stephon Marbury missed a potential game-tying three-pointer with 1:09
James converted two free throws with 34.6 seconds left for a 99-94 contest and
Cleveland made it to the final buzzer without another scare.
Marbury ended with just two points, going 0-for-6 from the floor and 2-of-2
from the free throw line. He was peppered with boos from the MSG crowd after
his missed three-pointer that would have tied the game.
Marbury’s starting backcourtmate, Steve Francis, had only three points on
1-of-4 shooting. He returned to the lineup after missing three games with an
injured left ankle.
New York led 20-15 after one quarter but trailed 51-47 going into halftime.
Cleveland continued to lead going into the fourth, extending to a 71-63
Cleveland shot 12 more free throws than the Knicks, going 20-of-30 compared to
New York’s 14-of-18. Even though the Knicks had a better percentage, the six
points turned out to be the difference in the game…Channing Frye had a
season-high 17 points and nine boards…Hughes ended with 14 points.