CLEVELAND (AP) -- It takes a lot to impress Cleveland Cavaliers
coach John Lucas. A 10-point victory over the Knicks didn't do it.
Jumaine Jones scored a career-high 28 points, Andre Miller had
25 points and 11 assists, and the Cavs overcame a 15-point deficit
to beat New York 98-88 Friday night.
"We're still some garbage," Lucas said of the Cavs (12-17).
"We went on a 20-6 run. We got to come with that mindset every
night and stay with that type of intensity.
"Right now we're thinking we're much better than we are. We're
not a good team yet."
Jones and Miller were pretty good. The duo scored the final 18
points of the 20-6 run to start the third quarter -- turning a 47-42
halftime deficit into a 63-53 lead.
"We got those shots because we picked it up defensively,"
Jones said. "We got a little more intense, which is something we
have needed work on."
Jones made 12 of 19 shots from the field, mostly on high-arc
jumpers from the perimeter.
"Nine times out of 10 we want him to have that shot," Knicks
forward Shandon Anderson said. "Tonight, he hit them and we had a
bad third quarter. It was horrible."
Allan Houston scored 28 points to lead New York, but missed
seven of 10 shots in the second half as the Knicks faded badly.
"That team didn't play as well as they could," Lucas said.
"They missed a ton of shots."
New York missed 11 of its first 12 shots, but Houston quickly
turned that around by making his final five of the first quarter to
help the Knicks to a 24-16 lead.
Houston had 20 points in the first half, making all four of his
"We're not good enough to sit back and enjoy a lead," Houston
said. "Sometimes we just forget what got us there. Our attitude
and mentality in the third quarter the the turning point. Look at
Cleveland scored 25 points off 18 New York turnovers.
"This one feels good because New York is New York," Person
said. "It's the big time, even if they might be having a little
The Knicks got 10 points apiece from reserves Othella Harrington
and Anderson as New York's bench outscored Cavs substitutes 24-13.
All but two of Cleveland's points off the bench came from center
Jones and Miller combined for 17 points to spark Cleveland on a
24-14 run over the final 7:48 of the second quarter. Jones' putback
of a missed shot at the halftime buzzer got Cleveland within
Game notes Three Cavs scored 20 or more points for the first time
since April 8, 2000 -- 116 games ago. ... Knicks center Marcus Camby
started, but shot just 1-for-6 in 17 minutes after missing one game
with a sore toe on his left foot. Camby missed 15 games earlier
with plantar fasciatis on that foot. ... Ricky Davis scored six
points in 38 minutes in his first start for the Cavs and sixth in
three NBA seasons. He started at small forward as Lamond Murray
missed his third straight game. Murray has not practiced since
straining his lower back last Saturday against Indiana and is day
to day. ... Ex-Cavs forward Clarence Weatherspoon, who signed with
New York as a free agent in the summer, missed his 15th straight
game with a partially torn tendon in his right foot.