New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
Commentary from the New York Knicks 102-97 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH on Mar. 4, 2013.
Keys to the Knicks victory:
1) Cutting down on turnovers in second half: The Knicks had 10 turnovers in the first half, but when they started taking better care of the ball, good things happened. The Knicks turned it over just six times in the second half and outscored the Cavs 53-36 in the final two quarters.
2) Rebounding: The Knicks out-rebounded the Cavs 40-31.
3) Bench Production: The Knicks got 60 points off the bench. Their bench out-scored their starters.
The Sidenote from hell:
Carmelo Anthony's injured knee casts a huge shadow on this game. Stay tuned to B/R to find out the latest on the Knicks' forward's knee.
KNICKS 102, CAVS 97 — FINAL
Kyrie Irving's three was partially blocked by Tyson Chandler, and that'll do it.
KNICKS 100, CAVS 97 — 0.7 seconds, 4th, JR Smith Shooting Two
With just three seconds on the shot clock, Amar'e Stoudemire pulled up for a jumper from the left baseline following the inbounds. The problem is that the long rebound ended up in Jason Kidd's hand.
Kidd hit one of two free throws to give the Knicks a three point lead.
Cleveland will have one last chance to tie it up with six seconds to go.
KNICKS 100, CAVS 97 — 6.0 seconds, 4th, Cavs ball
Up two points, the Knicks isolated Raymond Felton on their final possession and he got to the basket.
But—Tristan Thompson swatted it hard to the floor. Big defensive play from the second year man from Canada.
KNICKS 99, CAVS 97 — 12.9 seconds, 4th, Knicks ball
The entire Q was standing and screaming "DEFENSE" but it didn't stop Amar'e Stoudemire from battling his way to the rim and laying it up, and laying it up again after getting his shot blocked (and getting fouled).
STAT looked pretty pleased with himself, and while he may never be the exciting player he was in Phoenix with Steve Nash, it's hard to say he's not serving a good role for the Knicks.
KNICKS 99, CAVS 95 — 40.4 secs, 4th, Cavs Ball
Jason Kidd's off-balance three from the top of the arc put the Knicks up six with just about a minute and a half remaining in the game. Kidd has 11 on the night.
KNICKS 97, CAVS 91 — 1:30 4th
Funny.Melo goes out and Knicks ball movement improves.Probably just a coincidence.— Colin Cowherd (@ESPN_Colin) March 5, 2013
I suggested in the past that Carmelo Anthony was a team cancer, at least Colin Cowherd hears me.
KNICKS 94, CAVS 91 — 2:38 4th, Knicks Timeout, Knicks Poss.
Kyrie Irving got to the basket for a three-point play, as Steve Novak was helpless to prevent Irving's acrobatic finish. Irving missed the free throw, leaving the Cavs still down three.
KNICKS 94, CAVS 91 — 2:45 4th
The Knicks have hit seven threes in the fourth quarter, and the Cavs are just so slow on perimeter defensive rotations. They're also not communicating very well on defense, misplaying several pick and rolls with Amar'e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton.
KNICKS 92, CAVS 89 — 3:51 4th, Cavs Timeout
Somehow, Steve Novak still keeps getting open. His fourth three of the night was answered by a Wayne Ellington triple, though.
KNICKS 84, CAVS 83 — 6:03 4th
Luke Walton burned another Cavs timeout as he tried to retain possession after having dove for a loose ball.
The Cavs are trying to rally back, and they are just 14-10 when tied or leading after three quarters. Bad teams blow a lot of games.
KNICKS 79, CAVS 78 — 8:51 4th, Cavs Timeout
Steve Novak's third three of the game gives the Knicks their first lead since they were up 16-15 in the first quarter. The Cavs led by as many as 22, but find themselves down now in the fourth.
KNICKS 79, CAVS 78 — 9:08 4th, Cavs Timeout
The New York Knicks had 10 turnovers in the first half, but have committed only three in the second half thus far. Pablo Prigioni's three tied the game.
KNICKS 76, CAVS 76 — 9:30 4th
Novakine struck again with a corner three, his second triple of the night. Now is not the time to inject Novakine into this contest. It really seems inconceivable that a guy with Novak's speed is losing defenders...just stick with him!
CAVS 76, KNICKS 73 — 10:10 4th
I think Steve Novak's new nickname should be "The Accountant."
The #Knicks cut the Cavs lead to just 4 after 3Q of play outscoring them 21-13. Get ready for an exciting 4th on MSG!— MSG Networks (@MSGNetworks) March 5, 2013
Feel free to steal it from me, because it's even better than "Novakaine." Novak is 1-of-3 from the floor and 3-of-3 from the line for six points.
CAVS 74, KNICKS 70 — End of 3rd
The Cavs have hit just 3-of-15 in the third quarter, and the Knicks have out-scored Cleveland 19-8 in the period.
CAVS 71, KNICKS 68 — Under 1 Minute, 3rd
Luke Walton's dish to Alonzo Gee gave him his 10th assist in 17 minutes of play. Walton's plus-minus is an impressive plus-11, though the Cavs are up just one as Mike Woodson calls for timeout.
CAVS 64, KNICKS 63 — 4:40 3rd, Knicks Timeout
J.R. Smith's 17-foot jumper from the left wing got the Knicks within a point, and they came back with a chance ot take the lead. Instead, Amar'e Stoudemire turned it over as he was called for traveling stumbling through the paint.
CAVS 62, KNICKS 61 — 6:32 3rd
Raymond Felton's take to the basket put the caps on an 8-0 Knicks run.
CAVS 61, KNICKS 57 — 8:24 3rd
The Knicks are 21-9 without Amar'e Stoudemire this year and 14-12 with him. Everyone still think STAT makes this team better? Oddly, the Knicks are plus-3 with him on the court tonight, while every other Knicks player is in the negative.
CAVS 61, KNICKS 55 — 9:42 3rd
A couple Amar'e Stoudemire baskets and a jumper by J.R. Smith helped the Knicks off to a 6-0 to start the second half. The Cavs were forced into a 24-second violation, and New York's defense looked much improved on the first few possessions of the quarter.
CAVS 61, KNICKS 55 — 10:04 3rd
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