Cleveland 102, New York 103

Boxscore | Recap
Saturday, December 15, 2012 7:30 PM
Location - Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Officials - #47 Bennie Adams, #77 Karl Lane, #13 Monty McCutchen
Attendance - 19033

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Cleveland 28 17 28 29 102
New York 27 21 30 25 103

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Cleveland 5-20 3-7 2-13 L3
New York 18-5 10-0 8-5 W4

Recap


Knicks 103, Cavaliers 102: Raymond Felton scored 25 points and New York remained the league's only team with a perfect home record despite playing without leading scorer Carmelo Anthony.

Tyson Chandler added 21 of his 23 points in the second half and pulled down 10 rebounds as the Knicks extended their winning streak to four and improved to 10-0 at home - the third-best start in franchise history.

Kyrie Irving, wearing a mask to protect a facial fracture, was spectacular with a career-high 41 points and nearly rallied Cleveland by scoring 17 points in the final 5:04, including a pair of 3-pointers 12 seconds apart in the final half-minute.

The Cavaliers had a chance to tie it but Anderson Varejao missed the second of two free throws with one second to play as Cleveland became the first team to 20 losses with its third straight defeat and eighth in nine games.

A basket by Chandler built the lead to 10 points midway through the fourth quarter before Irving scored seven straight to trigger a comeback. He scored eight points in just under 18 seconds to cut the deficit to 102-101 with 10.1 seconds to play.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Anthony missed his third game of the season - and third in six games - due to a sprained left ankle and it is uncertain whether he will play in Monday's game against Houston. Knicks F Rasheed Wallace also sat out with a sore foot. ... Irving, who was playing in his fourth game since sitting out 11 contests with a broken left index finger, sustained a small fracture in his jaw during Friday's game against Milwaukee that was revealed by a CT scan. ... J.R. Smith scored 16 points off the bench for the Knicks, including the 1,000th 3-pointer of his career.

Top Game Performances

Cleveland   New York
Kyrie Irving 41 Scoring Raymond Felton 25
Kyrie Irving 5 Assists Jason Kidd 8
C.J. Miles 8 Rebounds Tyson Chandler 10
Kyrie Irving 6 Free Throws Made Tyson Chandler 5
Alonzo Gee 2 Steals Tyson Chandler 2
N/A Blocks Raymond Felton 2

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Cleveland 102 48.8 9-24 13-17 15 45 0 5 12
New York 103 43.5 13-35 16-23 26 41 6 5 9

Upcoming Games

  • New York will play their next game at home against Houston. The Knicks have a W/L % of .778 after a win and .800 after a loss.
  • Cleveland will play their next game at home against Toronto. The Cavaliers have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .250 after a loss.