Knicks take on James, Cavs
(Sports Network) – LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will welcome the
New York Knicks to town tonight for a showdown at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Cavaliers ended a brief two-game losing streak with Saturday’s 108-95 win
over the Allen Iverson-led Philadelphia 76ers. Iverson scored a game-high 31
points but it wasn’t enough to top the Cavs.
James scored 25 points and dished out 11 assists to lead Cleveland. Zydrunas
Ilgauskas scored 18 points and pulled down 15 rebounds for the Central
Division-leading Cavaliers, who improved to 7-1 at home this season. Drew
Gooden scored 13 points and grabbed eight boards in the winning effort.
Meanwhile, the Knicks have dropped two in a row and five of six, including
Tuesday’s 101-85 loss to the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.
Steve Francis and David Lee had 14 points apiece for New York, which turned
the ball over 22 times and missed 13 free throws (17-of-30). The Knicks are
0-1 so far on their three-game road trip and will visit Detroit on December 1
to close out the trek.
New York is 4-5 away from Madison Square Garden this season.
Cleveland, which went 1-2 against the Knicks last season, won the first
matchup of the 2006-07 campaign with a 102-96 victory on November 13 at the
Garden. James and Damon Jones each scored 29 points to lead the Cavaliers.
New York has won five of the last eight meetings overall, but has lost eight
of 10 and 12 of its last 15 games at Cleveland.