Wednesday , Mar , 28 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Knicks topple Cavs

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Eddy Curry scored 25 points, as the New York
Knicks came away with a 97-93 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Stephon Marbury notched 16 points and eight assists for New York, which ended
a four-game losing streak and is now tied with Indiana at 1 1/2 games off pace
for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Channing Frye also
netted 16, while Nate Robinson added 12 points and seven rebounds off the
bench.

“It’s something that was needed,” Marbury said. “It was a team effort. Eddy
played great. Everybody contributed. I’m just trying to hold everything
together.”

The win was bittersweet for the already-shorthanded Knicks, as guard Steve
Francis left in the first quarter with a sprained right ankle. Forward David
Lee (sore right leg/ankle) and guard Quentin Richardson (sore lower back) both
remained sidelined. Lee has missed 15 of New York’s last 17 games, while
Richardson has sat out seven straight.

LeBron James posted 24 points and seven assists for Cleveland, which punched
its ticket to the postseason on Tuesday with a 105-94 win over Indiana on
Tuesday, and is within three games of Detroit for the top spot in both the
Central Division and Eastern Conference standings. Sasha Pavlovic scored 20
points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 18 for Cleveland, which has lost four of
six.

“He’s [Curry] difficult for any team,” James said. “He’s owned us and he’s a
very good player, definitely gotten better. He’s a big force down there and
it’s tough to double him.”

With New York holding a 94-93 edge, Marbury dished the ball to Frye in the
right corner and got it right back as he rimmed in a three-pointer with 8.5
seconds left.

Donyell Marshall then attempted a three from the right wing in the final
seconds but fell short, as the Knicks escaped with the win.

The opening quarter constituted balanced scoring and Larry Hughes’ pair of
free throws with nine ticks left put Cleveland ahead, 26-24, heading into the
second.

The Knicks scored seven straight capped by a Marbury jumper with 6:59
remaining to take a 36-32 lead, which slightly dwindled to 49-46 at halftime.

The Cavs closed the third quarter on an 11-5 run, sparked by an Anderson
Varejao tip shot with 4:52 remaining for a 70-67 deficit heading into the
fourth.

With the score deadlocked at 77, New York went on a 7-2 spurt finished by
Frye’s jumper midway through the final stanza for an 84-79 margin heading down
the stretch. Cleveland had a chance to tie the score at 94, but Ilgauskas
converted just 1-of-2 free throws with 34 seconds remaining.

Game Notes

Wednesday’s game was the final meeting between the clubs this season, as the
teams split four games in the season series this year…The Cavs snapped a
three-game series road losing streak to New York with a win in November.

CLE NYK