<
>

CLEVELAND 107, NEW YORK 96

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Despite Monday's blockbuster trade, the
New York Knicks had no one to stop the Cleveland Cavaliers
inside.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 24 points and Eric Williams added 22
as the Cavaliers held on for a 107-96 victory over the Knicks,
who lost in their first game with new arrivals Stephon Marbury
and Penny Hardaway.

New York acquired Marbury and Hardaway in an eight-player deal
with the Phoenix Suns on Monday. The Knicks traded away forward
Antonio McDyess and received no quality big men in the deal,
leaving them without enough size to stop Cleveland.

Marbury and Hardaway each struggled in their debuts with New
York. Marbury had just eight points on 3-of-9 shooting with
eight assists and Hardaway made 3-of-9 shots en route to six
points.

The Knicks had a nine-point lead early in the second quarter,
but the Cavaliers scored 23 of the last 26 points of the first
half. Ilgauskas scored eight points during the spurt and
Williams had seven, helping Cleveland to a 56-45 halftime
cushion.

Keith Van Horn scored 20 points and Kurt Thomas had 14 and 12
rebounds for the Knicks, who have lost three straight following
a season-high four-game winning streak.