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NBA Game Summary - New York at Cleveland



(Sunday, March 15th)

Final Score: Cleveland 98, New York 93

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - LeBron James scored 19 points, doled out 10 assists and hauled in eight rebounds to lead the Cavaliers in a 98-93 victory over the Knicks to sweep the season series.

Mo Williams added 23 points, on 5-for-5 three-point shooting, for Cleveland, which won its fifth game in a row and moved to 29-1 at Quicken Loans Arena. Delonte West and Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 13 and 12, respectively, while Joe Smith tallied 10 points.

The Cavs, who clinched the Central Division title on Friday, now lead Boston and Orlando by four games in the loss column for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Al Harrington poured in a game-best 26 points and added nine boards for New York, which saw its three-game winning streak halted. Nate Robinson added 20 points and seven helpers in the setback as the Knicks now stand 1 1/2 games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Larry Hughes and Wilson Chandler scored 15 and 14, respectively, in the loss, while David Lee ended with 10 points and 14 boards.

Leading by five late in the game, Anderson Varejao was fouled by Lee and hit both shots to make it 94-87 with 1:47 left.

Robinson hit a jumper to make it a five-point game, but James answered with a long jumper with 33.6 ticks left to make it 96-89.

With 16.7 seconds showing on the clock Harrington hit a three to make it 97-93, but the Knicks ran out of time and failed to get any closer.

"Nobody hit shots tonight and we were still in the game at the end against the best home team in the league," said Lee. "I think our defense was better tonight."

The Knicks edged the Cavs for a 25-24 lead after the first quarter, but the home team grabbed a 50-43 advantage at the break.

Chandler, Hughes and Harrington hit threes in the third, coupled against a bucket each from James and West, to pull the Knicks within 57-54 with 7:08 showing on the clock.

The teams traded baskets and four points from Chandler and a Lee layup tied the game late in the period, but James had a layup to give Cleveland a 74-72 lead heading into the final 12 minutes.

Hughes' lay-in tied the game at 79 with about 7 1/2 minutes left to play.

Moments later Ilgauskas hit two free throws and Sasha Pavlovic nailed a three to give Cleveland an 86-81 lead with 5:19 showing on the clock.

New York's defIcit hovered around five points as the teams exchanged buckets.

"We did a good job of bringing the energy tonight," said James. "A lot more energy than I thought we had."

Game Notes

The Knicks had scored 100-plus points in 26 straight games prior to Sunday... The visitors shot 37.2 percent from the field, including 33.3 percent from behind the arc. The Cavs hit at a 47.6 percent clip from the floor...The Knicks closed out a five-game road trip at 3-2...The Knicks saw their three-game road winning streak -- a feat the club hadn't accomplished since December of 2003 -- come to an end. NY hasn't won four straight as the visitor since a five-game streak from December 22, 2000 - January 19, 2001.

03/15 22:27:17 ET


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