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              === 'Melo leads Knicks into road bout with Cavs ===
 (Sports  Network)  - Carmelo Anthony doesn't  care that the Chicago Bulls just
 swept  the New York Knicks in the regular season and snapped their 13-game win
 "They  can have it,  they can have it," Anthony said of the Bulls sweeping the
 season  series. "They can have the regular season wins. They did a good job at
 beating us four times. We're not worried about them at this point."
 Anthony  is more concerned with his Knicks, who will try to start a new streak
 Friday night in a visit with the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena.
 The  Knicks dropped a 118-111 overtime decision Thursday to a Bulls squad that
 ended  Miami's 27-game winning streak at the United Center last month. Anthony
 had  a good shot at the end of regulation and felt it was going in. He said he
 didn't want to go to overtime, where Chicago scored 13 of the 19 points.
 "In  that overtime I thought we just gassed out," Anthony said. "We ran out of
 gas in overtime."
 Anthony  finished  with 36  points for a  third straight game  and hauled in a
 season-high  19  rebounds. Despite  making 13-of-34  shots, Anthony, the NBA's
 leading  scorer, is  averaging 39.8 ppg in  his last six. J.R. Smith scored 28
 points  off the bench, Raymond Felton had 19 and Chris Copeland had 14 for New
 York, which lost for the first time since March 17 and had won six in a row on
 the road. The Knicks blew an early 17-point lead, too.
 It  was  the Knicks' longest  winning streak since a  15-gamer from March 1 to
 April 2, 1994.
 "There  is no  shame in losing a  streak like that," Knicks coach Mike Woodson
 While Woodson said a few days ago that the No. 2 seed is still within striking
 distance, Anthony noted after Thursday's loss he would take into consideration
 resting  following  a trip to Cleveland.  That may not happen soon because the
 Knicks  host the Indiana Pacers on Sunday and have a two-game lead on them for
 the second spot in the East.
 Anthony leads the NBA with 28.7 ppg, just ahead of Kevin Durant (28.3 ppg).
 The Atlantic Division-champion Knicks are 22-17 on the road. They were without
 Tyson  Chandler (back),  Kenyon Martin (ankle) and Marcus Camby (foot) against
 the Bulls and a timetable for their return is unknown.
 Cleveland  is  coming off Wednesday's 111-104  loss to the Detroit Pistons and
 was  led  by Kyrie Irving's  27 points and nine  assists. Irving, who tied the
 game at 103-103 on a layup with 44 seconds left, had two costly turnovers late
 in  the game  and missed a free throw  in the waning seconds. He was playing a
 back-to-back for the first time since returning from a shoulder injury.
 "I  was obviously a  little fatigued just like everyone else on the floor, but
 that's no excuse for not executing," Irving said.
 Tristan  Thompson recorded  19 points and eight rebounds for the Cavs, who are
 playing  out  the string and lost  for the 12th  time in 14 tries. Thompson is
 averaging 18.3 points and 12.0 rebounds in his last four games.
 The  Cavaliers are 14-25 at home and hope to have guards Daniel Gibson (elbow)
 and  C.J. Miles (concussion) Friday versus the Knicks. Both players are listed
 as questionable.
 Cleveland has lost both meetings with New York this season, but is 10-1 in the
 past  11 meetings at  Quicken Loans Arena. The Knicks have lost 18 of the past
 22 trips to the Forest City.
 04/12 10:31:21 ET