Anthony and Smith double act sees Knicks over the line.
Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith each scored 31 points to lead the New York Knicks to a 101-91 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Quicken Loans Arena on Friday night.
Kyrie Irving also had 31 points for the Cavaliers, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the reigning Atlantic Division champions opening up a three-game lead in the race for the second seed in the Eastern Conference.
Iman Shumpert had eight points and a career-high 11 boards, as the Knicks bounced back from the disappointment of losing to the Chicago Bulls on Thursday to make it 14 wins in their last 15 games.
Coach Mike Woodson was pleased with both the energy levels and his team’s ability to react to defeat, traits they will need ahead of the play-off campaign ahead.
However, before that they face the Indiana Pacers on Sunday while the Cavaliers head to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers.