The New York Knicks lost in Cleveland for the second time this year, but there were a few noteworthy accomplishments in the game.
Our friends at the Elias Sports Bureau tell us Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups became the second and third Knicks to score at least 20 points in each of their first two games with the Knicks. The other player to do so was Bill Cartwright in the 1979-80 season.
Anthony missed his last seven field goal attempts from 5+ feet on Friday night against the Cavaliers and scored just eight of his 27 points in the second half. Anthony is now 7-27 (25.9 percent) from that range as a Knick. He shot 39.3 percent with the Nuggets.
Cleveland is now 2-0 vs the Knicks this season, but 9-47 vs the rest of the league.
Elsewhere in the NBA:
After seven players missed part of the shootaround in Philadelphia, the Detroit Pistons played only six players in a 110-94 loss. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, they became the fourth team since the merger -- and first since November 2009 -- to play six or fewer players in a game.
WadeWith his 41-point explosion, Dwyane Wade scored 40 for the second time in his last five games. It was also the 32nd 40-point game of his career. Since Wade entered the league in the 2003-2004 season, only Kobe Bryant (79) and LeBron James (45) have more.
Dwyane Wade was the focal point of the Miami Heat offense on Friday against the Washington Wizards. Wade either scored or assisted on 45 of Miami's 121 points (37.2 pct). With LeBron James and Chris Bosh making just 10 field goals, and Wizards guards Nick Young and John Wall combining for 62 points, Miami needed Wade's magic, as they were +10 with Wade in the game, and minus-2 without him.
Before hitting five of his last nine shots Friday over the final three quarters, Chris Bosh went through a stretch where he missed 20 of 21 shots from the field dating to the previous game.
Friday marked Kevin Love's 200th career NBA game (and 45th straight double-double). Only three active players had more rebounds in their first 200 career games than has Love, who has 2,301: Shaquille O'Neal (2,590), Tim Duncan (2,399) and Dwight Howard (2,307).
Also, Kobe Bryant scored 24 points for the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night taking him over the 1,500-point mark for the 11th consecutive season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that’s the longest such streak by an NBA player since Karl Malone reached that milestone in each of 12 straight seasons (1986-87 to 1997-98).