CLEVELAND (AP) -- Wesley Person's hot shooting for the Cleveland
Cavaliers proved too much for the New York Knicks to overcome
Even with Kurt Thomas scoring 20 of his career-high 33 points in
the fourth quarter for New York, the Cavaliers held on to win
104-99 behind Person's 29 points.
"I was able to make some shots from outside and that opened
things up inside for us," Person said after shooting 12-for-14
from the field, including 4-for-5 from 3-point range.
Thomas scored the Knicks' first 16 points of the fourth quarter.
He shot 8-for-9 while the rest of his team went 0-for-10 over a
10:57 span. He finished 16-for-19 from the field and also had 15
"It really doesn't mean anything if you play well and don't get
the win," Thomas said. "It was an unbelievable feeling, even
better when your teammates know you're in a groove and try to get
you the ball."
Cleveland got it to Person early, then turned to center Zydrunas
Ilgauskas, who scored six straight points to put the Cavaliers
ahead 84-75 early in the fourth quarter. Ilgauskas finished with 20
"We had no answer for him inside and were afraid to double him
because they had Person on the perimeter," Knicks coach Don Chaney
Charlie Ward snapped Thomas' streak by hitting a short jumper
with 1:03 to go, pulling the Knicks within 100-93.
"We should have won the game going away," Cavs coach John
Lucas said. "We made some youthful mistakes coming down the
Ward then stole the ball from Ricky Davis, leading to a basket
by Othella Harrington. Davis missed a layup and Thomas hit a 9-foot
jumper to pull New York within 100-97 with 21.6 seconds left.
"We made some silly plays there," Person said.
Cleveland's Andre Miller sank two free throws with 19.6 seconds
to play for a 102-97 lead, but Thomas scored on a drive with 11.8
Miller, who finished with 23 points and 14 assists, made two
more free throws to finish the scoring.
"I wasn't nervous, but I was tired," Miller said about going
4-for-4 from the line at the end.
Allan Houston scored 20 points for New York, which was seeking
its first three-game winning streak since Chaney took over as coach
in December. Houston shot 4-for-6 from 3-point range and is
15-for-17 from beyond the arc in four games against Cleveland this
Houston played with a sore left knee, injured in the shootaround
before he scored 28 points Saturday night in a 105-95 home win over
"I wasn't thinking about it, but it probably slowed me a little
on defense," he said. "It may have."
Person scored 13 points on 6-for-6 shooting in the first half in
helping Cleveland to a 55-47 lead at the break. The Cavaliers
finished the half on a 14-7 run after concluding the first quarter
with a 14-3 spurt.
Person opened the second half with a 3-pointer for a 58-47 lead.
New York battled back as Houston and Thomas each scored seven
points to help the Knicks get within 73-71 with 1:25 left in the
Davis then converted two free throws, stole a pass, and set up
Person for yet another 3-pointer and a 78-71 advantage.
New York is 26-6 in home-and-home contests the last 10
seasons. The Knicks had won both games the previous eight times
they played the same team on consecutive days. ... Knicks forward Shandon
Anderson played in his 400th consecutive game -- the league's
longest current streak. ... Miller had his 40th game of 10 or more
assists this season.