Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks 12/15/12: Video Highlights and Recap

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2012

Anderson Varejao had a chance to tie Saturday night's game with a pair of free throws, but he missed one of them to seal the New York Knicks' 103-102 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What makes Varejao's missed free throws worse is the game that Kyrie Irving turned in. The dynamic point guard dropped 41 points and also had five rebounds and five assists. He was supported by 17 points from C.J. Miles, but he didn't receive much support otherwise.

New York didn't have Carmelo Anthony, as he continues to nurse his injured ankle, but that didn't stop Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler from carrying this team to victory. The two combined for 48 points and 15 rebounds.

The Knicks won this game with an all-around team performance. Felton and Chandler led the way, but production from J.R. Smith and Steve Novak off the bench also made a huge difference in this game's final score.

For a complete look at the box score, check out


Player of the Game: Kyrie Irving

I know Cleveland lost, but Irving scored 41 points on 15-of-25 shooting. He was a plus-eight on the floor, and he did all of this with very little help from his teammates.

The NBA is just better when this kid is healthy. He is impressive on a nightly basis, even if his team isn't winning games. 

If Cleveland can ever find him some help, look out. Irving just kept coming Saturday night, doing everything in his power to give his team the win.


What's Next for the Cleveland Cavaliers?

The 5-20 Cavaliers will host the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday.


What's Next for the New York Knicks?

The 18-5 Knicks will host the Houston Rockets on Monday.