LeBron James drops 32 points at MSG as Knicks fall to Cavaliers 111-104
LeBron James needed 12 points to reach the 28.000 mark. Last night, he scored 32 and dished 10 assists in Cavaliers’ win at the Madison Square Garden, 111-104.
The game looked more like a massacre for New York until late in the third quarter. Down by 27, the Knicks finished the act on a 11-0 run due to Brandon Jennings‘ heroics, then in the fourth quarter they cut down a 19 points deficit to 5 as the Garden crowd went wild.
However, Kevin Love‘s three pointer from the corner off James’ assist with 44 seconds on the clock, sealed the fate of the game in spite of Courney Lee‘s late three pointer 23 seconds later.
Even without Kyrie Irving, the reigning champs didn’t need that much effort to win the game. The Cavs wins the series 3-0 and defeat the Knicks for the 9th consecutive time.
Carmelo Anthony who shot just 6-20 for a total 17 points continued to hear boos from the stands at the end of the first quarter.
“You are what the back page says you are. They read that and react to that. I got to get in the gym tomorrow and work on my shot. They won’t boo me.”
Kevin Love, who’s been part of the trade rumors involving Melo and the Cavs, scored 23 points shooting 7-16, including four from behind the arc and grabbed 16 rebounds including 5 offensive.
“Kevin is here for a reason. We know why he is here. We know what he is capable of.”
– LeBron James
Brandon Jennings, who continues to get the start until the return of Derrick Rose, led the Knicks with 23 points, shooting 8-13 and nailed 6 of his 8 attempts from the three-point line. He also delivered 10 assists in 42 minutes on the court, while Willy Hernangomez led the bench with 16 buckets.
One of the worst chapters for the Knicks were the free throws. If usually they get fewer calls (especially down the stretch) then their opponents do, last night they shot just 14-28, with Anthony and Mindaukas Kuzminskas being the only guys shooting over 50%.
The Knicks fall to 22-30 and will try to make up on Monday night when they host the Los Angeles Lakers.