Knicks Rally to Beat Cleveland
Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson (13) blocks a shot by New York Knicks' Raymond Felton (2) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 4, 2013, in Cleveland. The Knicks won 102-97. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland — Amare Stoudemire scored 22 points, J.R. Smith added 18 and the New York Knicks overcame a 22-point deficit without All-Star Carmelo Anthony to beat the Cavaliers 102-97 last night, ending a 10-game losing streak in Cleveland.
Steve Novak made three of New York’s seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Knicks rallied and shook off a tough home loss on Sunday, when they blew a 16-point lead to Miami.
The Knicks trailed 52-30 in the second quarter of this one when Anthony injured his right knee. He stumbled and fell awkwardly after catching a pass and did not return.
Kyrie Irving scored 22 points in his return after missing Cleveland’s past three games with a hyperextended right knee.
After New York’s Jason Kidd split a pair of free throws with 6 seconds left, the Cavaliers had a chance to tie it.
Coach Byron Scott put the ball in the hands of Irving, who scored a career-high 41 against the Knicks on Dec. 15. The dazzling point guard couldn’t beat Tyson Chandler off the dribble and then had his 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left blocked cleanly by New York’s 7-foot-1 center.
Smith was fouled and made two free throws in the final second to close out a win the Knicks needed badly.
New York coach Mike Woodson sat Stoudemire for the final eight minutes on Sunday, prompting some serious second-guessing by Knicks fans and media. Before facing the Cavs, Woodson said he would use Stoudemire when the matchups were right and the occasion called for the power forward.
Without Anthony, Woodson needed every second he could get out of Stoudemire, who powered inside for a critical putback with 39.5 seconds left to put the Knicks ahead 99-95.
Heat 97, Timberwolves 81
Minneapolis — Dwyane Wade had 32 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, LeBron James shrugged off a sore left knee to score 20 points and grab 10 rebounds, and Miami earned its franchise-record 15th straight victory with a win over Minnesota.
Chris Bosh added 11 points and nine rebounds, and James played 35 minutes despite being listed as a game-time decision with a twisted left knee.
Derrick Williams had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Ricky Rubio had 14 points, eight assists, six steals and five rebounds for the Timberwolves. J.J. Barea had four points on 1-for-11 shooting and was ejected in the fourth quarter after getting a Flagrant-2 foul for a hit on Heat guard Ray Allen.
Magic 105, Hornets 102
New Orleans — Arron Afflalo scored five of his game-high 26 points in the final 38 seconds, and Orlando snapped a three-game skid with a victory over New Orleans.
Jameer Nelson, returning from a left knee injury that sidelined him six games, scored 15 points and Tobias Harris also scored 15 for Orlando, which trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half and erased nine-point deficit during the final 3:15.
With 12 seconds left and Orlando leading 104-102, Afflalo missed his second of two free throws, but Harris got the offensive rebound and hit one of two free throws with 10.6 seconds left.
The Hornets then struggled to set up a clean shot, and Greivis Vasquez’s off-balance 3 missed badly. Anthony Davis had 17 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots for New Orleans. Vasquez and Eric Gordon each added 17 points.
Bucks 109, Jazz 108 (ot)
Milwaukee — Monta Ellis scored 34 points, Brandon Jennings added 20 points and 17 assists, and Milwaukee beat Utah.
J.J. Redick scored 17 for the Bucks, including their first eight in overtime. Milwaukee won its fourth consecutive game after dropping three in a row following the All-Star break.
Larry Sanders chipped in with eight points, 16 rebounds and six blocked shots for Milwaukee.
Derrick Favors tied a career high with 23 points and added 15 rebounds for Utah, which lost for the fourth time in five games. Paul Millsap had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Alec Burks added 19 points and Enes Kanter had 18 points.