Halftime Report: Cavs 48, Knicks 45

December, 10, 2013
12/10/13
8:12
PM ET
Here are a few observations from the first half of the Knicks-Cavs game:

Bad start: Early on, this game looked almost as bad as the Knicks' no-show against the Celtics on Sunday.

The Knicks came out with next to no energy and were sloppy with ball. They committed three turnover in the opening quarter and trailed by as many as 18 points. They missed nine of their first 11 3-pointers.

It was eerily similar to what the Knicks did on Sunday against Boston, when they trailed 34-11 after one quarter.

Vintage Amar'e: New York battled back in the second quarter, thanks to strong play from Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony.

Stoudemire was strong around the rim, with nine points on 4-for-6 shooting in 13 minutes. Stoudemire and Anthony (11 points, 5-for-8 shooting) helped the Knicks come all the way back. New York tied the score at 40-40 shortly before the half.

Missing the point: Once again, the Knicks are struggling to contain the opposing point guard. Kyrie Irving crushed New York in the first half with 15 points and four assists. J.R. Smith struggled with his shot, going 2-for-10 in the opening two quarters.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsC. Anthony 8.1
AssistsP. Prigioni 3.5
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2