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Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie drives past Cleveland Cavaliers guard George Hill in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie drives past Cleveland Cavaliers guard George Hill in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

The version of Brooklyn the Raptors are encountering owns eight blown double-digit leads and five meltdowns in the fourth quarter at home since Nov. 17.

It is part of an eight-game home losing streak since blowing out Philadelphia on Nov. 4 and an eight-game overall losing streak since beating Miami on Nov. 20.

The latest was Wednesday's collapse in a 114-112 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder when the Nets could not stop Paul George from scoring 25 of his 47 in the fourth. The Nets blew a season-high 23-point lead and led by 19 in the final 8:53 remaining. >> Read More

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Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie drives past Cleveland Cavaliers guard George Hill in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie drives past Cleveland Cavaliers guard George Hill in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets' losing streak reached seven games as they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-97 on Alec Burks' last-second dunk on Monday at Barclays Center. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1. After Rodion Kurucs tied the game with 18.9 seconds remaining, Burks made a one-foot driving dunk with 3.2 seconds remaining to break a 97-97 tie. Spencer Dinwiddie missed a potential winning shot with 1.5 seconds left.

2. D'Angelo Russell scored 30 points on 13-of-31 shooting and finished with eight rebounds and six assists for the Nets, who trailed 56-50 at halftime.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie shoots the ball past Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris during the second half at Capital One Arena. (Amber Searls/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie shoots the ball past Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris during the second half at Capital One Arena. (Amber Searls/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets were off to a respectable start and then they lost Caris LeVert for an extended period due to a scary fall under the basket.

Since their leading scorer went down with a dislocated foot, getting wins is a struggle for the Nets, especially at home.

Monday will be the three-week mark of LeVert's injury and the Nets will try to stop a pair of six-game losing streaks when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James controls the ball against New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James controls the ball against New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina and Cavaliers forward LeBron James have reportedly cleared the air after their brief spat earlier this month, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman.

Thanks to Romeo Travis, who played with Ntilikina in France and was a high school teammate of James, the two NBA players no longer have beef, which started when James said the Knicks should have drafted Dennis Smith Jr. over Ntilikina and boiled over into the Nov. 13 Knicks-Cavaliers game when the rookie Ntilikina shoved James and started an altercation on the court.

"I reached out to LeBron to make sure there was no hard feelings between Frank and him and let him know Frank was my guy," Travis said, according to Berman. "[LeBron] said it's not personal between them. He's just so positive about Dennis Smith and negative toward the Knicks front office."

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots over the defense of Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots over the defense of Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

After scoring 32 points and recording 12 rebounds in Sunday's 114-95 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis and the rest of the team hope that victory can be a sign of bigger things to come this season.

"It's nice to finally beat the Cavs for the first time in my career," Porzingis said, according to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy. "It's just another game but hopefully it can be in the playoffs, and that's when it really matters."

Porzingis was one of three Knicks to record double-doubles as they won their second straight game. Enes Kanter scored 18 points and recorded 12 rebounds, while Courtney Lee had 15 points and 10 boards.

But many Knicks players raved about Tim Hardaway Jr., who scored a game-high 34 points on 11-of-19 shooting.

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New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. drives to the basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. drives to the basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a game-high 34 points, Kristaps Porzingis and Enes Kanter recorded double-doubles and the New York Knicks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 114-95 on Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena.


Hardaway shot 11-of-19 from the floor and made five of 10 3-pointers in the game, as the Knicks won their second straight game. 

Porzingis totaled 32 points on 13-of-27 shooting and recorded 12 rebounds, while Kanter recorded 18 points and 12 boards.

LeBron James recorded 16 points on 7-of-15 shooting, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Cavaliers, who lost their third game in a row. Derrick Rose, in his first game against his former team, scored 15 points in 31 minutes. Kevin Love recorded 22 points and 11 rebounds.

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose warms up before the game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose warms up before the game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Knicks and current Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose said he did have interest in returning to New York after the organization fired president Phil Jackson, however said he was content with being a member of the Cavaliers.

"I would've loved coming back," Rose said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. "I loved playing there, even though we lost, the city itself, the fans. And they made changes, Phil being gone -- I would've loved to be a part of it."

Rose, who spent one season as a member of the Knicks, did not receive an offer from current team president Steve Mills, and head coach Jeff Hornacek didn't believe Rose fit into the team's plans for the future. His agent, B.J. Armstrong, said in July that Rose previously had no interest in re-joining the Knicks.

"Is there something going [on] in New York we didn't see?" Armstrong said over the summer.

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Recapping the Nets close win 00:01:30
Michelle Yu reports from Brooklyn to break down Wednesday's game and get locker room reaction as the Nets top the Cavaliers 112-107.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Spencer Dinwiddie made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 43 seconds left while starting for the injured D'Angelo Russell, and the Brooklyn Nets overcame LeBron James' first triple-double of the season to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-107 on Wednesday night.

James had 29 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in his 56th triple-double, but he missed two free throws - the second intentionally - with the Cavaliers trailing by two with 7.6 seconds remaining. DeMarre Carroll then hit a free throw and the Cavs' long inbounds pass intended for James went out of bounds.

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving drives against Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas during the first half in Game 2 of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving drives against Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas during the first half in Game 2 of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cleveland Cavaliers agreed to trade Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Isaiah ThomasJae CrowderAnte Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 unprotected first-round pick, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

The Knicks were among several teams to make an offer for Irving, the 25-year-old former No. 1 draft pick, however New York was unwilling to trade Kristaps Porzingis as part of a deal and the Cavaliers wanted a package of younger talent and draft picks as opposed to Carmelo Anthony, whose name was among the rumors.

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving handles the ball during the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the Finals for the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving handles the ball during the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the Finals for the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Knicks are among six teams who have already made an offer to the Cleveland Cavaliers for guard Kyrie Irving, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Approximately 20 teams, according to Wojnarowski, have inquired about Irving since he reportedly requested to be traded out of Cleveland, however the Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat are the only teams to make an offer for the 25-year-old former No. 1 pick.

The Knicks and Cavaliers have been in trade talks that focused on swapping Irving for Carmelo Anthony with a potential third team being involved, however the Cavaliers, according to Wojnarowski, are seeking a return of young players and draft picks similar to what the Denver Nuggets acquired from the Knicks in exchange for Anthony in 2011.

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GEICO Sportsnite: Rose to Cavs 00:00:39
Former Knicks point guard Derrick Rose signs with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a one-year deal reportedly worth $2.1 million.

Former New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose signed a one-year, $2.1 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania.

Rose, who completed his physical on Monday, according to Charania, spoke with LeBron James throughout the process, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The 28-year-old Rose, who underwent surgery in April to repair a torn meniscus, earned $21 million with New York last season. He averaged 18 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 64 games.

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New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson during the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson during the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

Former New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose is in serious talks to join the Cleveland Cavaliers on a one-year deal and also met with the Los Angeles Lakers for three hours, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst.

Rose, who underwent surgery in April to repair a torn meniscus, expressed his desire to remain a Knick to former team president Phil Jackson and his agent, B.J. Armstrong, in June.

However the Knicks are not among the three teams with whom Rose is considering signing, according to the New York Post's Fred Kerber. Rose reportedly met with the Milwaukee Bucks in early July.

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Frank Isola on Melo rumors 00:06:11
Frank Isola stands by his report that LeBron James has urged the Cavaliers front office to trade for Carmelo Anthony.

Cavaliers F LeBron James said a report that he's pushing for a trade that would bring Kevin Love to the Knicks in exchange for Carmelo Anthony is "trash."

"It's trash," James said in a postgame interview Monday night. "And the guy who wrote it is trash too, for writing that, especially during the game like that. So it's always about outside noise, and that's just outside noise for us. We got to focus on what needs to be done and that's to continue to compete for a championship. And we got who we got. Our GM will do a great job of figuring out if we need something else, but right now we're in a good place."

The NY Daily News' Frank Isola had written that James had been trying to persuade the Cavs to trade for Anthony even if it meant trading Love, even though the Cavaliers reportedly rejected such a trade offer last month.

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Jan 27, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) is fouled by Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) during the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 27, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) is fouled by Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) during the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)

LeBron James scored 31 points, Kyrie Irving added 28 and the Cleveland Cavaliers ended a turbulent week with a 124-116 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.

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Jan 23, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward David Lee (10) fouls Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 23, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward David Lee (10) fouls Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets head to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS: 

  • The Cavaliers have won each of their last seven home games against the Nets, their second-longest active home win streak versus any team (eight straight versus Orlando). Cleveland has outscored Brooklyn by an average of almost 15 points per game over the course of the streak (105.7-90.9).
  • The Nets lost, 109-106, at home versus the Heat on Wednesday despite leading, 89-71, at the end of the third quarter. The loss was Brooklyn's first all-time when leading by at least 18 points entering the fourth quarter.
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(Anthony Gruppuso)

NEW YORK (AP) -- LeBron James scored 36 points, carrying Cleveland while Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love had slow starts in their return to the lineup, and the Cavaliers beat the Brooklyn Nets 116-108 on Friday night.

Irving added 32 points and Love had 17 points and 13 rebounds, but both shot poorly early as the Nets kept it competitive for 1 1/2 quarters. James helped the Cavs open a double-digit lead by halftime and they led comfortably most of the rest of the way in the opener of a six-game trip.

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The Nets take on the Cavaliers at Barclays Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night.

According to STATS...

  • The Cavaliers led by as many as 46 points in their 119-99 home win over the Nets on December 23. But Brooklyn has won seven of its last 10 home games against Cleveland.
  • Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love both sat out Wednesday's loss to the Bulls. The Cavaliers are now 0-4 all-time when both players miss the same game.
  • Brooklyn is pulling down 45.6 rebounds per game in its home contests this season. That is an improvement of +3.6 RPG from its final home rebounding average for the 2015-16 season (42.0).
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Dec 23, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket between Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) and forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 23, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket between Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) and forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)

CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James scored 19 points, Kevin Love added 14 points and 15 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled past the Brooklyn Nets, 119-99 on Friday night.

Cleveland, which has won four straight and nine of 10, hosts Golden State on Christmas in a rematch of the last two NBA Finals. 

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony during a game at Target Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony during a game at Target Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony empathized with NBA players skipping games and road trips to get some additional rest, adding he may take a game to rest in the near future.

"I think everyone needs a rest day, to be honest with you,'' Anthony said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. "I think if you're an NBA player, professional athlete, you need a rest day. It's a matter of when you take it, how you take it. The decision is not just mine. It's a collective as a whole -- whatever is the best situation for that individual."

Anthony's comments come at the heels of several Cleveland Cavaliers players, including LeBron JamesKyrie Irving and Kevin Lovenot traveling to Memphis for back-to-back games and the Cavaliers' fourth game in six nights, instead choosing to remain in Cleveland and rest before the Cavaliers' next game. The Grizzlies took the same approach by not having Marc Gasol travel to Cleveland for Tuesday's game but playing on Wednesday.

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New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings ripped the team's effort in Wednesday's blowout loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, calling the loss "embarrassing."

The Knicks lost at home 126-94 in a nationally-televised game in which the Cavaliers shot 48.8 percent from the field and 55 percent from 3-point range. The Knicks gave up 63 points in both halves and several Cavaliers were seen playing games on the bench during garbage time.

"It's definitely embarrassing to get blown out on national TV," Jennings said, according to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy.

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Dec 4, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with players during the third quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. New York Knicks won 106-98. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 4, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek talks with players during the third quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. New York Knicks won 106-98. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks host the defending NBA champion Cavaliers on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. 

According to STATS...

  • The Cavaliers have won the last seven meetings against the New York Knicks, their third-longest active winning streak against a single opponent.
  • The Cavs are averaging 11.8 points less per game on the road (103.5) than at home (115.3) this season, the third largest differential (road worse) in the NBA.
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Oct 25, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) in the second half at Quicken Loans Arena. Cleveland won 117-88. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 25, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) in the second half at Quicken Loans Arena. Cleveland won 117-88. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Knicks guard Derrick Rose said he wants the Knicks to use the pick-and-roll more in the team's offense after Tuesday's loss to the Cavaliers, according to Newsday's Al Iannazzone. Rose, making his regular-season debut with New York, finished with 17 points on 41.2 percent shooting from the field. He had missed two weeks with his civil sexual assault trial and is still getting used to working within the offense. But Rose said, after watching the Cavs, that New York needs to do more of what Cleveland did Tuesday night.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) high fives forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the first half against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. (Jennifer Stewart)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) high fives forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the first half against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. (Jennifer Stewart)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

With the release of the 2016-17 season NBA schedule, here's a look at what figure to be some very key matchups for the new-look Knicks. 

Oct. 25 -- visiting the Cleveland Cavaliers

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James handles the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the third quarter in game seven of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James handles the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the third quarter in game seven of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports Images)

The Cleveland Cavaliers completed the biggest comeback in NBA Finals history and spoiled the Golden State Warriors' record-breaking season by winning Game 7 of the NBA Finals, 93-89, Sunday at Oracle Arena.

LeBron James had a triple-double of 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists as the Cavaliers rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Warriors three times in a row for Cleveland's first championship in one of the four major sports since 1964.

Stephen Curry scored 17 points for the Warriors, who broke the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' record for most wins in a single season. Golden State won 88 games including their 73-9 regular-season record, but fell one win shy of matching the Bulls with a ring.

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James handles the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the third quarter in game seven of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James handles the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the third quarter in game seven of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports Images)

The Cleveland Cavaliers completed the biggest comeback in NBA Finals history and spoiled the Golden State Warriors' record-breaking season by winning Game 7 of the NBA Finals, 93-89, Sunday at Oracle Arena.

LeBron James had a triple-double of 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists as the Cavaliers rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Warriors three times in a row for Cleveland's first championship in one of the four major sports since 1964.

Stephen Curry scored 17 points for the Warriors, who broke the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' record for most wins in a single season. Golden State won 88 games including their 73-9 regular-season record, but fell one win shy of matching the Bulls with a ring.

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Good to be King 00:02:17
The DNL panel discuss if the Cavaliers, behind LeBron's strong game three performance, have a better chance at making it a series in Finals.
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Kristaps Porzingis is listed as doubtful for Friday's game against the 76ers. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Kristaps Porzingis is listed as doubtful for Friday's game against the 76ers. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Knicks face the Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • Cleveland (3-0) will be looking to sweep this season series for the first time since 2009-10. The Cavaliers have now won their last five games against the Knicks, holding them to 87 or fewer points in each of these contests.
  • The Cavaliers have hit at least 10 three-pointers in each of their last nine games; that is the longest single-season streak in franchise history.
  • The Knicks have done a good job protecting the rim, as opponents have made just 58.1 percent of their dunk and layup attempts versus the Knicks this season; entering this weekend, that was the lowest opponent field-goal percentage in the NBA.
  • Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James have faced each other 25 times in the regular season, with Anthony holding a 13-12 lead. Anthony has averaged 23.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists in these contests, compared to James' 26.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg and 6.8 apg.
  • Cleveland is 21-1 (.955) this season when Tristan Thompson has at least 10 points and 10 boards in the game. Entering this weekend, that was the best win percentage in a season for any player since 1985-86 (minimum 20 G with 10+ pts & 10+ reb).
  • Kristaps Porzingis has recorded a double-double in each of his last two games. The longest such streak of the rookie's career is three games, Nov. 29-Dec. 4.
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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) react after a shot by Porzingis (6) during second half against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. The New York Knicks defeated the Chicago Bulls 107-91. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) react after a shot by Porzingis (6) during second half against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. The New York Knicks defeated the Chicago Bulls 107-91. (Noah K. Murray)

(AP) -- Kyrie Irving's return has the Cleveland Cavaliers largely healthy and close to peak form nearing their most anticipated game of the season.

The New York Knicks, meanwhile, are holding their breath over Carmelo Anthony's new injury.

Anthony's availability for Wednesday night's road game against the rolling Cavaliers is in question after he sprained his right ankle in the Knicks' last outing.

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