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                   === Knicks bounce back, best Cavaliers ===
 
 Cleveland,  OH (Sports  Network) - Carmelo Anthony posted a double-double with
 31  points  and 14  rebounds as  the New  York Knicks  bounced back from their
 first  loss in  nearly  a month  with  a 101-91  decision  over the  Cleveland
 Cavaliers Friday at Quicken Loans Arena.
 
 J.R.  Smith matched Anthony with 31 points on 13-of-16 shooting from the floor
 for  the  Knicks, who had  a 13-game win streak  snapped Thursday in a 118-111
 overtime setback at Chicago.
 
 "We  had energy," New York coach Mike Woodson said. "I was concerned about how
 our energy level would be. We came out with energy and sustained it throughout
 the game and everybody that played contributed, so it was a good win."
 
 New  York, which  clinched the Atlantic Division title on Tuesday, now holds a
 three-game  lead over Indiana for second place in the Eastern Conference after
 the  Pacers fell to Brooklyn on Friday. With one more win, the Knicks can lock
 up the No. 2 seed.
 
 Kyrie  Irving also netted 31 points to go with six assists and five boards for
 the  Cavs, who  have lost three straight and have already been eliminated from
 playoff contention. Tristan Thompson tallied 15 points and 11 rebounds.
 
 "I  just tried to come out aggressive," Irving said. "My shot felt good in the
 beginning  and I felt like I got some good looks out there. Some of them fell,
 some of them didn't."
 
 New  York  held a  slim 27-24  edge at  the end  of the  first, but after four
 straight points from Wayne Ellington brought the Cavaliers within one early in
 the  second,  Smith answered  with three  consecutive jumpers  to spark a 13-0
 sprint  that  Steve Novak capped  with a 3-pointer to  make it 44-30 with 6:19
 left in the stanza.
 
 Thompson finally quelled the surge with a driving layup and the Cavs were able
 to  trim  the margin  to single  digits, 52-43,  as the  teams headed into the
 locker room.
 
 Anthony  helped the Knicks keep the home team at arm's length in the third, as
 the  New  York superstar  poured in  12 of his  team's first  14 points in the
 frame.
 
 Anthony's  tip-in  with just  over 4  1/2 minutes  left in  the third gave the
 Knicks  a  66-55 lead  before Jason  Kidd followed  with a  triple to push the
 margin to 14.
 
 Cleveland trailed 75-64 after three frames and never threatened in the fourth,
 as  the Knicks kept the difference above double-digits throughout the final 12
 minutes to secure the victory.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Cleveland  fell  to 14-26 at  home, while the Knicks  improved to 23-17 on the
 road  ... Kidd finished  with six points for the Knicks ... New York shot 50.6
 percent (40-for-79) from the floor ... The Knicks and Pacers square off Sunday
 at Madison Square Garden.
 
 
 
 04/13 02:42:57 ET

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