The Knicks' 13-game winning streak was snapped Thursday in Chicago. They are in Cleveland Friday trying to start a new one.
Here are a few brief observations from the first half:
MELO STILL STEAMING: Carmelo Anthony has scored at least 35 points in each of the past six games. It seems like he's on his way to another 35-point night on Friday.
Anthony has 17 points, seven rebounds and two assists against Cleveland, which has been aggressive at times in double-teaming the Knicks' All-Star forward.
He's at it again against the Cavs, with three offensive rebounds.
JR'S GOT IT, TOO: During much of Anthony's hot streak, he's had J.R. Smith right by his side, scoring right along with him. J.R. was there again on Friday, with 14 points in the first half. At one point in the second quarter, he'd scored 10 straight Knicks points.
BOARD WORK: The undermanned Knicks are being outrebounded by just two through two quarters. Every Knick who played in first half has at least one rebound. Solomon Jones, who signed with the Knicks earlier Friday, looked a bit rusty in eight first-half minutes. He has two turnovers and was burned on a drive for a thunderous dunk in the first quarter. ... Kyrie Irving has 16 for the Cavs but has missed five of six threes.