New York Knicks (51-27) at Cleveland Cavaliers (24-54), 7:30 p.m.
(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
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 10:21:04 ET
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