Coming into this game at MSG, the Cavs could be forgiven for taking the Knicks for granted. But for those who watched it, this was a matchup against two equals (well, two opponents that only differed by one terrible 4-for-19 Carmelo Anthony).
Kyrie Irving continued to be the best player on a team that includes LeBron James, chipping in 37 points, including the final bucket, a beautiful high off the glass layup that started from a wicked cross over dribble. With James, Irving and Love, they could take the Eastern Central Division.
Conversely, the Knicks got good contributions from Tim Hardaway Jr. (Junior? Man, am I old.) and Amar'e Stoudemire, but with the game on the line, they put the ball in Melo's hands, and he rewarded them with another brick (does that make him Carmelo Anthony the Mason?). I understand showcasing him for the open market, but when you only have four wins, it's time to play your best players.
Sometimes disparate teams match up against each other nicely, which is what we're seeing with the Knicks and Cavs (note that one of New York's four wins was against Cleveland). You'll get one more chance to watch them play this season in February, because only one of them is making the playoffs. But by then the Knicks will be shed of Melo, so expect the game to go to overtime.
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David Young has been a columnist for ESPN and Sports Illustrated, and is now one for SportsGrid.com. Follow him on Twitter @turkeysflying.
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