Carmelo Anthony had a chance to tie the game for the Knicks, but a charging call with 1.8 seconds remaining basically ended the game, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Knicks for the third time this season, 119-115.
Playing without Chauncey Billups and Ronnie Turiaf, the Knicks dynamic frontcourt duo of Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire gave a combined scoring performance of 70 points in a loss at Madison Square Garden.
Stoudemire matched his season-high 41 points and Anthony scored 29 in the best combined performance of the season for the tandem. The Knicks team shot 54.5 percent from the field.
The Cavaliers went on big run in the fourth quarter to cut a big Knicks lead. Cleveland got a big performance from young power forward J.J. Hickson who scored 23 points.
With just less than seven minutes remaining, the Knicks led by 12, but the Cavaliers came roaring back to tie the score at 106 with 3:27 remaining.
Anthony Parker gave the Cavaliers the lead on a three-pointer in the closing minute, and Baron Davis, making his Cavalier debut, also threw in a three ball to help close out the Knicks on their home court.
Davis scored 18 points to go along with five assists.
The Cavaliers had already beaten the Knicks twice this season, and once in the first five games from when Anthony joined the team.
The Knicks fall to a 31-29 record, while the Cavs improve to 12-49 on the season.