The Cleveland Cavaliers used Kyrie Irving’s 37 points and late fourth quarter layup to beat the New York Knicks 90-87 at Madison Square Garden Thursday night.
With 10 seconds left in the game and the score at 88-87 in favor of the Cavs, Irving drove right passed the Knicks defense and scored a teardrop-like layup with his left hand to secure the win for the Cavs. Irving’s 37 points were a career high for him, and helped the Cavs improve to 10-7.
LeBron James had himself a double-double, scoring 19 points and dishing out 12 assists. Kevin Love added 11 points and 11 rebounds on the night for his ninth double-double of the season.
In a night when Irving is on fire as he was Thursday night, LeBron is happy to serve as a passer instead of his usual scorer mentality.
"Spectacular," James said. "Any time we needed a bucket, he made it. Any time we needed some energy, he gave it."
The Cavs defense also played ver well. They held Carmelo Anthony to only nine points for the whole game and no points in the fourth quarter. Amare Stoudemire led the team in scoring with 18 points and also added nine rebounds.
This is the Knicks sixth straight loss and are 4-16 overall. Their next game comes on the road, when they travel to Charlotte to face the Bobcats, Friday.
The Cavaliers are still in the process of getting familiarized with one another after so many changes to the team in the offseason. They will continue to work on their chemistry Friday night as they travel to Toronto to face the Raptors, who are in first place of the Atlantic division with a 15-4 record.