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New York at Cleveland

Venue: Quicken Loans Arena
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Another dangerous guard is up next for the New York Knicks after the Atlantic Division champions allowed one to get hot and help end their 13-game win streak.

The Knicks look to regroup and could have their hands full with Kyrie Irving in Friday night's visit to face the Cleveland Cavaliers.

New York (51-27) fell 118-111 in overtime at Chicago on Thursday. That ended the Knicks' longest win streak since they took 15 straight from March 1-April 2, 1994.

"It's over with," coach Mike Woodson said. "You can't win them all."

Carmelo Anthony scored exactly 36 for the third straight game for New York, which leads Central Division champion Indiana by two games with four left in the race for the Eastern Conference's No. 2 seed.

The Knicks have allowed some explosive performances by smaller perimeter players this season, most notably Golden State guard Stephen Curry's NBA season-high 54 points Feb. 27.

Former New York guard Nate Robinson scored a season-high 35 for the Bulls on Thursday, matching Toronto guard Alan Anderson's output March 22 as the most points scored by a reserve against the Knicks this season.

New York owns two close victories over Cleveland (24-54), with Anthony missing one contest with a sprained right ankle and only logging 14 minutes in the other as he left with a knee injury.

Irving scored a career-high 41 points in a 103-102 loss at New York on Dec. 15 that had Knicks point guard Raymond Felton marveling at the reigning Rookie of the Year's scoring prowess.

"When a guy gets that hot, there's nothing you can really do, other than just stay in front of him and make him take tough shots, which he did," Felton said after that win.

The Knicks limited Irving to 22 in a 102-97 road win March 4, ending their 10-game slide at Quicken Loans Arena. New York, however, was led in that contest by Amare Stoudemire's 22 points, and the forward is out for the remainder of the regular season.

Irving returned in that contest after missing three games with a hyperextended right knee. He also missed nine of 10 games between March 12-April 1, and is averaging 18.7 points but shooting only 33.7 percent in five since returning.

Irving scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half of Wednesday's 111-104 home loss to Detroit, and embattled coach Byron Scott has admitted that his star guard does not look the same.

"I don't think he's attacking as he normally does," Scott said. "You gotta ask him but I thought tonight he looked more tired in the first half that he did lately but in the second half, he picked it up."

Cleveland got good news Wednesday with the return of rookie Dion Waiters, who had 11 points in 15 minutes after missing 10 games with a knee injury. Scott said he plans on giving Waiters more minutes Friday.

The Knicks have a thin frontcourt with big men Tyson Chandler and Kenyon Martin sitting out Thursday. Chandler has a bulging disk and Martin a sprained left ankle.

Anthony picked up the slack on the glass with a season-high 19 rebounds against the Bulls. He's averaging 39.8 points in his last six games while J.R. Smith is scoring 24.9 over his last 11.

The Knicks haven't swept the Cavs since going 4-0 in 1993-94.

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Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
New York3rd Atlantic 3745.451117-3Won 4
Cleveland3rd Central 3349.402235-5Won 1

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Injuries
New York
PlayerInjury
No injuries reported.
Cleveland
PlayerInjury
B HaywoodFoot
 
Key Players
Carmelo<br>Anthony
Carmelo
Anthony
, SF
37.3 Min. Per Game 34.9 Kyrie<br>Irving
Kyrie
Irving
, PG
28.7 Pts. Per Game 22.7
2.6 Ast. Per Game 5.9
6.8 Reb. Per Game 3.7
44.9 Field Goal % 45.7
38.1 Three Point % 40.6
83.3 Free Throw % 85.2
 
Team Rankings
TeamRankPoints
New York Knicks1388.80
Cleveland Cavaliers2275.97
 
Series Game Log
DateLocationResults
Dec 25 @ Miami 
Feb 11Cleveland 
Mar 16 @ Miami 
Apr 2Cleveland 
 
Other Games
Brook 117 Final
Ind 109
Phi 97 Final
Wash 86
Chi 88 Final
Tor 97
Mil 104 Final
Atl 109
Char 93 Final
Det 113
Bos 101 Final
Mia 109
LAC 96 Final
NO 93
Mem 82 Final
Hou 78
Den 105 Final
Dal 108
Sac 101 Final
SA 108
Min 100 Final
Utah 107
OKC 106 Final
Port 90
GS 116 Final
LAL 118