New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points to lead
the New York Knicks in a 117-86 drubbing of the Cleveland Cavaliers on
Tim Hardaway, Jr. scored a career-high 29 points for New York, which won its
fourth consecutive game. J.R. Smith netted 19 points, Raymond Felton scored 12
points with nine assists and Tyson Chandler added 11 points with eight
"I think he is playing more relaxed," Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said of
Smith. "He is more engaged and in-tune and he is doing what we want from him."
Kyrie Irving scored a team-high 24 points and Dion Waiters added 21 points off
the bench for the Cavs, losers in three straight.
"Our defense was terrible," Cleveland's Luol Deng admitted. "They executed and
we couldn't stop them."
A C.J. Miles 3-pointer gave the Cavs a brief 5-4 lead early in the first
quarter. Chandler then made a three-point play to ignite a 13-3 run and give
the Knicks a 17-7 advantage with just under eight minutes remaining in the
Anthony followed Chandler with a 3-pointer, then capped the run with a jumper
after Smith buried a trey.
Hardaway converted a three-point play late in the quarter before an Anthony
dunk helped the Knicks to a 38-21 lead after one frame.
New York shot 12-for-20 from the floor in the opening quarter and scored 11
points off of six Cleveland turnovers.
Midway through the second, Anthony scored the final four points of an 8-0
burst that increased the margin to 58-29. The Knicks led 60-36 at the break.
The Cavs ended the third quarter on a 14-6 run to cut the deficit to 81-65,
but Hardaway knocked down three triples during a 13-5 spurt in the fourth to
help New York maintain a healthy margin.
Deng scored 13 points in defeat ... New York outrebounded Cleveland 44-36 ...
Irving was 10-of-25 from the field ... Hardaway was 6-of-12 from beyond the
arc ... The Knicks outscored the Cavs 22-8 on the fastbreak.
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