Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks Final Score: Knicks spoil Big Z's night, 107-97

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Cavs honored Zydrunas Ilgauskas tonight. Unfortunately, they couldn't deliver the victory.

The Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the New York Knicks by a score of 107-97 on Saturday night. The loss means that the Cavs are now tied with the Knicks in the Eastern Conference at 24-40. Both teams are 4 games behind the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks play the Los Angeles Clippers tonight.

Atlanta Hawks 26-34 --
Detroit Pistons 24-38 3 games back
Cleveland Cavaliers 24-40 4 games back
New York Knicks 24-40 4 games back

The Cleveland Cavaliers retired Zydrunas Ilgauskas' #11 jersey and had an incredibly ceremony at halftime. It definitely got a little bit dusty in here as we watched Wayne Embry, Dan Gilbert and Zydrunas Ilgauskas speak. He's one of the greatest Cavaliers ever, one of the classiest pro athletes I've ever seen, and 100% deserving of this honor. Now, nobody is ever going to wear #11 in a Cavs uniform again. That's pretty special. If you missed any of the ceremony, there's lots of great coverage of it on Cavs.com.

LeBron James did, in fact, attend the game. It was pretty great to see him and several of Z's old teammates there to support Ilgauskas on his big night. Boobie Gibson was there, Delonte West was there...it was cool.

The game itself was pretty bleh. The Cavs played well for stretches but gave up some pretty devastating runs at horrible times. It was a lot of the same thing that we've seen this year -- nobody could hit a basket and the Knicks couldn't miss. It's getting pretty old, but this is basically our team. Kyrie Irving played pretty well and Spencer Hawes was awesome in the first half. But nobody else did much of anything.

A big Knicks run gave New York a 15-point lead before halftime. But then Kyrie caught fire and went on a personal 7-0 run to make it just an 8-point deficit at the break. The Cavs continued their run to start the 2nd half and the game was pretty close until a few minutes into the 4th quarter. Then, the Cavs' offense fell into a bottomless pit and every Knicks possession either ended in a made jumper or a Cavs foul. In the end, New York certainly deserved to win this game more. They were more precise with their offense, made big shots, and came up with key stops.

  • There was a stretch where it seemed like the Cavs got stripped on 3 or 4 straight possession. A lot of that had to do with Iman Shumpert and his super quick hands.
  • Amare Stoudemire was a monster on the boards. Did I just type that sentence? I did. He had 6 offensive boards to go along with Tyson Chandler's 5 offensive boards. The Cavs had 9 offensive boards total.
  • Kyrie finished with 30 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists. Unfortunately, it took him 25 shots to get those 30 points.
The Cavs' brutal schedule continues when they travel to play the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.

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