NBA Game Summary - New York at Cleveland
(Wednesday, December 3rd)
Final Score: Cleveland 118, New York 82
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - LeBron James scored 21 points, dished out six assists, grabbed five rebounds and had five steals to lead Cleveland in a 118-82 rout of New York, as the Cavaliers won their 10th in a row at home to set a franchise record to start a season.
There are only two teams in the NBA that are undefeated at home this season and Portland (7-0) is the other squad.
"It's not difficult at all for us at this point because we want to continue to get better throughout all four quarters," said James. "We were out getting stops. We love to turn up the heat on teams and not allow them to even make runs."
Mo Williams added 16 points for the Cavs, who have won six in a row and 14 of their last 15 games. Zydrunas Ilgauskas chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Daniel Gibson ended with 13 points and five helpers. Delonte West gave 12 points in the win.
Al Harrington scored 20 points for the Knicks, who have lost two in a row and seven of nine overall. Anthony Roberson had 19 points and David Lee logged 16 points and 16 boards.
"Play some defense. That's what it came down to," said Harrington. "We just had to have a little more effort, defensive intensity."
The Knicks played the Cavs even for the majority of the first quarter, but a late 8-0 run gave the home team a 31-20 advantage after 12 minutes of play.
A 16-0 Cleveland run in the second quarter played a big part in the Cavs' 61-35 halftime lead. James' layup sparked the run and he also had six points on the surge.
A pair of baskets from West and two free throws by James gave the home team a 32-point, 67-35, lead not even two minutes into the second half.
Cleveland led by as many as 34 points in the third period, but the Knicks cut it to 85-59 heading into the final frame.
The Cavs opened a 42-point lead late in the fourth en route to an easy victory.
Cleveland also beat New York, 119-101, on November 25 in the Big Apple...The Knicks shot 38.6 percent (32-of-83) from the field, including 29.4 percent (10-of-34) from three-point range. The Cavs shot at a 50.6 clip (43-of-85) with a 28.6 percent (6-of-21) showing from behind the arc...The 36-point margin of victory was Cleveland's biggest against New York in the all-time series...James went 10-for-10 at the charity stripe...Knicks swingman Quentin Richardson was ejected late in the second quarter for excessive arguing...The Cavs have won eight of the last 10 meetings by a double-digit margin...The Knicks dropped their fourth straight game as the visitor and are 2-6 away from Madison Square Garden this season...The Cavs have won three straight, four of five and seven of the past 10 meetings...New York has lost three in a row as the guest in this series.
12/04 01:29:32 ET