Anderson Varejao had 10 points and 16 rebounds and the Cavs continued their dominance over the New York Knicks with a 91-81 home victory on Wednesday to snap a four-game losing streak. The Cavs have won 12 of the last 13 meetings against the Knicks, who haven’t won in Cleveland since Nov. 29, 2006.
Amar’e Stoudemire had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Carmelo Anthony had 15 points, but shot just 5 of 14. The Knicks committed 23 turnovers and shot just 3 of 20 on 3-pointers. It was the Cavs' first victory on the second night of a back-to-back, improving to 1-4. The Knicks were also playing for the second-straight night.
Varejao was active in the paint and on the glass, drawing a technical on Tyson Chandler and making life miserable on the Knicks. His 16 rebounds were one shy of his season high and two shy of his career high.
Antawn Jamison had 15 points and Omri Casspi had 13 points, but left in the second half to get six stitches in his chin. Anthony Parker had 13 points and Rookie Kyrie Irving had seven points and seven assists.