Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/7

Game 1: Wednesday, November 7th
Game 2: Friday, December 28th
Game 3: Saturday, March 16th
Game 4: Sunday, March 17th

Knicks 88

(13-16, 4-10 away)

Cavaliers 98

(12-17, 8-8 home)

    Coverage: MSG

    7:30 PM ET, December 28, 2001

    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

    1 2 3 4 T
    NY 24 23 17 2488
    CLE 16 24 27 3198

    Top Performers

    NY: A. Houston 28 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast

    Cle: A. Miller 25 Pts, 7 Reb, 11 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Cavs erase 15-point deficit, thanks to Jones

    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 3-point attempts.

    "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 the turnovers."

    Cleveland scored 25 points off 18 New York turnovers.

    Wesley Person finished with 20 points, shooting 3-for-4 on 3-pointers for Cleveland while Latrell Sprewell scored 17 points for the Knicks.

    "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 rough spot."

    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 Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

    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 47-42.

    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.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 88 98
    FGM-FGA 35-85 (.412) 37-76 (.487)
    3PM-3PA 9-16 (.563) 4-11 (.364)
    FTM-FTA 9-13 (.692) 20-25 (.800)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-42 10-39
    Assists 20 25
    Turnovers 18 14
    Steals 4 9
    Blocks 5 4
    Fast Break Points 11 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 16 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    New York
    Allan Houston Houston
    Points: 28
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Andre Miller Miller
    Points: 25
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 11
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1