Post-mortem: Cavs 113, Knicks 106
In a nutshell: Coach Mike Brown didn't like the way Saturday's game played out - even with a win. The Cavs didn't play Cleveland basketball. They outshot the Knicks instead.
They allowed New York to shoot 53 percent from the floor and that lack of defense cost them a 22-point lead, making the game too close for comfort.
''I didn't know if we would make shots or miss shots, but nobody was stopping anybody in the first half. We didn't get the lead because we were making stops. We got the lead because 'Bron had a great first quarter and we made shots. We shot 66 percent from the field and scored 74 points.' Brown said.
James' efforts entertained, but Brown said he had a sneaking suspicion that something could go wrong.
''No, it wasn't my type of half,'' he said of the first half. '' It was fun to watch because LeBron went crazy knocking shots down. It's always good to see from a fan's standpoint or the media standpoint....But, no that's not my kind of half. Neither half was. But sometimes you live with it.''
That about sums it up. Fun to watch, but don't let it happen too often, Brown seee saying.
Game: Cavs (40-11) vs. New York Knicks (19-30) Broadcast:
TV: FSOhio Radio: WAKR (1590 AM); WTAM (1100 AM), WHBC (1480 AM)
Cavs: LeBron James (F); J.J. Hickson(F); Shaquille O'Neal (C); Anthony Parker (G); Daniel Gibson (G).
Knicks: Danilo Gallinari (F); Jared Jeffries (F); David Lee (C); Wilson Chandler (G); Nate Robinson (G).
Cavs: Leon Powe (left knee surgery), Delonte West (left ring finger); Mo Williams (left shoulder sprain) - OUT.
Knicks: Eddie Curry (left knee surgery) - OUT.
Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Bennie Adams, Phil Robinson.
Knicks are 1-4 in their last five games including a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks Friday night.
Shaquille O'Neal will face a stiff challenge against David Lee, who is averaging 19.9 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Cavs are on a defensive tear of late holding opponents to under 90 points in the past four games. The Knicks average 101 per game.
It's no secret that Mike D'Antoni likes running the floor, and the Cavs have the horses to keep up. In the only meeting between these two teams this year, the Cavs beat the Knicks 100-91. It wasn't that close.