NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at New York
(Wednesday, April 5th)
Final Score: New York 96, Cleveland 94
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Jamal Crawford poured in a game-high 37 points and drained the winning jump shot with just 6.2 seconds remaining as New York snapped a nine-game skid and edged Cleveland, 96-94, at Madison Square Garden.
Eddy Curry added 16 points for the Knicks while Jackie Butler came off the bench for 12 points and nine rebounds.
LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 36 points. Cleveland, which lost for the first time in 10 games remains firmly entrenched in the fourth spot of the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Drew Gooden added 19 points and 12 rebounds while Flip Murray had 18 in the loss.
Cleveland played without starting center Zydrunas Ilgauskas who sprained his left ankle early in the team's Tuesday win over Philadelphia. The 7-3 center is averaging 15.8 points and 7.6 rebounds this season and the Cavs really seemed to miss his inside presence.
Cleveland found themselves down by 17 points entering the final frame but made a furious late push and cut the lead to six points with an 20-8 run as the game headed toward the stretch. James' driving layup, with 2:57 left, made the score 88-82
After Crawford settled things down by nailing a technical free throw, Cleveland continued to close the gap. They finally deadlocked the game at 91 when Murray buried 1-of-2 from the line with just over a minute left.
The Knicks finally responded when Nate Robinson got to the line and dropped two, with 1:08 left, to make it 93-91.
After James and Butler traded free throws, the Cavs' superstar drove down the lane to tie things again at 94,
Crawford then made a brilliant fade away jumper over Larry Hughes with 6.2 ticks left.
Cleveland did have a chance to win it. James drew the defense and kicked the ball out to a wide open Hughes, who missed a three from the left corner as time expired.
The Cavs made just five field goals and shot an awful 31 percent in the first frame. The Knicks led 22-14 after the first 12 minutes.
Cleveland settled down a bit in the second quarter but still had trouble stopping New York and found themselves trailing 48-37 at intermission.
The Knicks continued to separate themselves in the third quarter. Midway through the frame, Murray drained a pair from the line to cut the New York lead to nine, 58-49.
But, the Knicks finished the stanza with a 16-8 run to take a 74-57 edge into the fourth quarter. Crawford highlighted the spurt with a driving dunk and a jumper with just a second left in the frame.
Cleveland is just 16-20 on the road this season...New York is 14-24 at MSG this season. It had dropped five in a row at home...New York won the battle of the boards, 41-35.
04/05 22:22:40 ET