The Cleveland Cavaliers, the NBA’s worst team, are turning out to be quite the nemesis for the rebuilt New York Knicks. The Cavaliers stunned the Knicks Friday night at Madison Square Garden, 119-115, their second victory over a New York team with Carmelo Anthony in eight days.
Cleveland (12-49) has won all three meetings with the Knicks this season. In fact, the Cavaliers have beaten the Knicks 11 straight times.
Anthony had promised that this would be "a payback game" for New York after last Friday’s 115-109 loss in Cleveland. Things did not work out that way for the Knicks, who squandered a 12-point fourth-quarter lead.
Anthony Parker’s3-pointer with 45 seconds to play gave the Cavs a 113-112 lead, and Baron Davis’ three with 10 seconds left put Cleveland ahead, 116-112.
Amare Stoudemire hit a 3-pointer with 7.5 seconds left. After a Ramon Sessions free throw Carmelo Anthony was called for an offensive foul with less than two seconds remaining, sealing the victory for Cleveland.
Stoudemire poured in 41 points for New York and added nine rebounds. Anthony had 29 points.