- Knicks 108, Cavaliers 90: Maybe it was the anti-Knicks rally earlier in the day. Maybe it was the Cavaliers' looking forward to a night out on the town. For one game, the Knicks masqueraded as a team capable of beating almost anyone. Eddy Curry picked up two fouls and didn't play much of the first half. Stephon Marbury didn't play at all. Coincidence, or Dannon? David Lee dominated the first two quarters with 17 points and eight rebounds, and even seldom-used Malik Rose found his spots to contribute. Jamal Crawford and Quentin Richardson had the touch from outside. For fans expecting to hear "Fire Isiah" chants all night, Madison Square Garden was disappointingly quiet. LeBron James' 32 points weren't that soft, but he was the only player on his team to do anything. Those "Fire Isiah" posters stayed in the copies of the Daily News.
- Sabres 2, Islanders 1: If only they had committed five penalties. A late third-period goal came as the Sabres' sixth power play expired, and the Islanders dropped one at home. This was the second bit of bad news for the Isles, who saw
serial assaulterenforcer Chris Simon suspended for 30 games for stepping on an opponent's ankle.
Photo of David Lee by AP/Julie Jacobson