J.R. Smith came off the bench to score 20 points and help a New York Knicks team playing without Jeremy Lin and Amar’e Stoudemire defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 91-75.
Point guard Lin, who has missed the last four games with a sore knee, and forward Stoudemire, who has a bulging disk in his lower back, may be out for the rest of the Knicks’ regular season, which ends April 26.
Carmelo Anthony had 19 points last night for the Knicks who played on their home court at Madison Square Garden. The team had a 46-38 advantage at halftime.
Antawn Jamison had 13 points for the Cavaliers and Alonzo Gee added 12.
The Knicks (27-26) are holding the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, 15 games behind the Chicago Bulls and 2½ games ahead of the ninth-place Milwaukee Bucks who lost 99-95 to the Memphis Grizzlies last night. The Cavaliers (17-33) are 11th, 23½ games off the lead.
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