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Game 79


New York Knicks 22-50) @ Cleveland Cavaliers (47-31)

Thursday, April 13, 2006
Time: 5:00pm PT, 8:00pm ET
TV: TNT
Radio: WTAM 1100
Location: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

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NEW YORK KNICKS’ BENCH


CLEVELAND CAVALIERS’ BENCH


NEW YORK KNICKS’ NOTES

The Knicks need to come out, hang close and see if Cleveland is sleepwalking. New York should come out focused because if Cleveland takes this game for granted, lightning could strike twice.

Jamal Crawford needs to light it up again. He’s a Cavs killer and if his jumper is on, a 30 point outting is very possible.

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS’ NOTES

Come out angry, seeking to pounce on New York from the jump. Cleveland doesn’t want to disappoint the homecrowd with a lackluster effort. Take care of business so that the crowd will have something to cheer for.

Play clean basketball to reduce New York’s cheap points. The Cavaliers need to make New York beat them and not self-destruct, handing the Knicks the win via default.

OVERVIEW

The Cavaliers will probably enter this game with weary legs, playing the Knicks on the second night of a back-to-back. Down the stretch of the schedule, the Cavaliers will have to deal with this scenario again. Whether LeBron James is able to play or not is the most important issue. If James can’t give it a go, after coming off a huge blowout lose to the Pistons, the Cavaliers are at great risk of dropping this game as well.
 

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Yahoo! | NBA | New York Knicks/Cleveland Cavaliers Preview (click on picture)

 

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The game is tied at 16 after the first quarter. With LeBron sitting this one out, the rest of the guys need to step up their game. Hughes is daring with some of his passes, especially when he became the default PG down the stretch but had some nice ideas. I can appreciate his ambition.
 

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Cleveland leads by four points at halftime (41-37). It's good to see Cleveland be competitive without LeBron James and able to withstand Nate Robinson's offensive barrage.

The Cavs closed the quarter on a 6-0 run.
 

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Flip's lay up and foul shot makes it a 4-point game with 4:30 to go. Let's go Cavs!
 

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It's a 2-point game. Cleveland needs to keep up the defense and rebound the ball. Good defense by Larry.
 

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Zydrunas ties the game. Big shot. First tie since 42 all.

Hughes with a steal and a finish! Larry is starting to find his form. I'm happy to see that.
 

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Flip with a clutch 3-ball to answer Crawford's!
 

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Jamal splits at the line. He could have tied the game if he hit both.
 

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The MAMBA said:
Yo Remy... I am taking this team in the Eastern Conference playoffs. I think they are gonna possibly bust some heads. Like Rumble in the Bronx.
I think Cleveland can do well. It might depend who our first round match up is but if the team can win that and have the momentum going, things are looking good. The only thing I fear is if the team has a bad streak, they can lose a couple of games just as quickly as they can win them.
 

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Marshall knocks them both down. Donyell kept his composure.
 

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We went for the steal and missed it. The Knicks go to the line. So this game is extended and foul shooting will continue to be important.
 

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The MAMBA said:
Yeah, that's that in experience in them. But that same lack of experience may cause them to kind of ignore the pressure of it all, and just ball out of their minds and have fun. It could be exciting.
I'm glad Larry is finding his form because he has playoff experience and can help the other guys who are inexperienced. Zydrunas had a little experience from a long time ago. Eric Snow, Drew and Damon Jones have playoff experience too. That makes for a funny team. Some guys have no experience and others do. I'm not sure how we'll look in Game 1. But I'm looking forward to it.

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Random thought: LBJ is rocking a nice suit. Pretty fashionable.
 

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Beacon Journal | 04/14/2006 | James sits, Cavs still rally to win



James sits, Cavs still rally to win
Comeback victory over Knicks reaches milestones

By Brian Windhorst
Beacon Journal sportswriter

CLEVELAND - Even sans LeBron James, it was business as usual for the Cavaliers.

They were senselessly slugish against the lowly New York Knicks -- a routine sight. They were way behind in the fourth quarter -- a routine sight.

They made a big rally to win -- a routine sight.

Trailing by 11 points, the Cavs roared to the finish with defense and big shots, surging to a 91-87 win. It notched a number of numerical milestones and some personal ones, as well.

It was their 10th consecutive win at home, a feat not accomplished since 1997. It was their 30th home win, which hadn't happened since the 1993-94 season. It got their record to 48-31, clinching the most wins since the 1992-93 season and getting coach Mike Brown the most wins in franchise history for a first-year coach.

That's all fine and dandy and will go nicely into the postseason record book, but more important were the non-linear hurdles scaled.

The Cavs hadn't beaten the Knicks in 14 months and suffered more than one draining loss at their hands, so just getting over that hump was of value.

Also, to come from behind without James, who was out with an ankle sprain, was uplifting to the outfit. For the 22nd time this season, the Cavs won a game after trailing in the fourth quarter, which is the most in the NBA.

Finally, it was a return-to-health night for both Larry Hughes and Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

Getting 40 minutes and a chance to handle the ball a great deal for the first time since returning from his epic finger injury, Hughes threatened a triple-double with 26 points, a career-high-tying 13 rebounds and six assists.

In his first start since Dec. 30, Hughes made 8-of-12 shots in the second half and played solid defense down the stretch.

“That is what Larry does,'' Brown said. “He gives you a little bit of everything and sometimes he'll give you a lot of everything.''

In his second game back from an ankle sprain, Ilgauskas had 17 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks. Flip Murray also was big in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 of his 12 points. Donyell Marshall added to the effort with 17 points.

The Cavs did it down the stretch with defense, holding the Knicks to 31 percent shooting in the fourth quarter. Murray made the big shot with a go-ahead 3-pointer with 41 seconds remaining, and the Cavs held on by going six-of-six at the foul line.

“Any win is a big win, but it is good for those guys to get confidence,'' Brown said. “To let them know they can win when the top gun is down.''

The Knicks (22-56) were without coach Larry Brown for much of the second half. He was taken to a Cleveland hospital after the game with an undisclosed illness.

Nate Robinson led the Knicks with 32 points.
 
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