Cavs vs. Knicks, Game 52
at Quicken Loans Arena
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
WHAT HAPPENED: Forward LeBron James scored 24 consecutive points for the Cavs over the course of the first and second quarters.
The last player in the NBA to do that was Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, who scored 26 points in a row on Dec. 10, 2008, vs. Minnesota.
James finished with 47 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and five steals. The last player with at least those numbers was Golden State's Rick Barry (64 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and five steals) against Portland on March 26, 1974.
The Cavs cruised to 44 points in the first quarter and a 74-54 advantage at halftime. They let up on the gas pedal (no Toyota jokes, please) in the second half and allowed the Knicks back in the game.
Like usual, they had trouble stopping 5-9 guard Nate Robinson, who paced the Knicks with 26 points and six assists.
Center David Lee added 20 points and eight rebounds. But the Knicks went with rookie Jordan Hill in the fourth quarter and he showed some flashes of why he was a top 10 pick in the draft.
The Knicks cut it to three points on two occasions in the fourth quarter.
NOTES: The Cavs have now won 11 in a row, which ties for the longest streak in the NBA this season.
-- They have beaten their last six opponents by an average of 14.1 points.
-- The Cavs have won seven in a row over the Knicks, including their last five meetings at The Q. The Cavs knocked off the Knicks, 100-91, at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 6.
-- The Cavs won a franchise-record 13 in a row last year from March 7-31.
-- The Knicks will be playing without guard Larry Hughes, who sprained his big toe in their loss to Milwaukee on Friday. The ex-Cavs guard has worked his way back into Coach Mike D'Antoni's rotation. He's also sporting a beard.
-- The Cavs are 31-1 when they score at least 100 points. They are 19-0 when they shoot at least 50 percent from the field.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS
SF LeBron James vs. Danilo Gallinari
PF J.J. Hickson vs. Jared Jeffries
C Shaquille O'Neal vs. David Lee
SG Anthony Parker vs. Wilson Chandler
PG Daniel Gibson vs. Nate Robinson
Cavs - G Mo Williams (sprained left shoulder), G Delonte West (fractured left ring finger), F Leon Powe (left knee surgery).
Knicks - C Eddy Curry (sore left knee), F/C Darko Milicic, G Cuttino Mobley
Bennett Salvatore, Bennie Adams, Phil Robinson