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  Tuesday, Nov. 2 7:30pm ET
Knicks never trail against Cavs

NEW YORK (AP) -- Larry Johnson had 24 points, his highest scoring game in two seasons, and cemented a late 14-0 run with one of his three 3-pointers to lead the New York Knicks past the Cleveland Cavaliers 92-84 Tuesday night.

The Knicks never trailed and barely had a scare against the Cavs, who were held scoreless for more than 5 1/2 minutes midway through the fourth quarter after pulling within two.

Larry Johnson, Danny Ferry
New York's Larry Johnson, right, goes up for a shot as Danny Ferry tries to stop him.

Allan Houston added 18 points, including a 3-pointer that started the game-breaking run, Latrell Sprewell scored 17 and Marcus Camby added 14 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks.

Shawn Kemp had 17 to lead Cleveland in Randy Wittman's regular season coaching debut.

Wittman, the 12th coach in Cavs history, had Kemp on the bench early in the fourth quarter when Brevin Knight scored on a drive, Wesley Person hit a jumper and Bob Sura made a 3-pointer to pull Cleveland to 74-72. The Knicks scored the next five points before Kemp returned, and Johnson then hit a 3-pointer for an 82-72 lead.

It was the highest-scoring game for Johnson since he had 35 against Miami on Feb. 1, 1998. His high game last season was 23.

Johnson also had seven rebounds and three assists.

New York scored the next six points as the Cavs were struggling through an 0-for-8 stretch with three turnovers, and Sprewell made it 88-72 on two foul shots with 5:01 left.

Sprewell made the first basket of the game, an 18-footer, and the Knicks opened a 16-7 lead in a 3-pointer by Houston just over five minutes in. The lead grew to 15 on a putback by Camby with 4:14 left in the first, and the best Cleveland could do over the rest of the half was pull within three points midway though the second quarter.

New York's lead wasn't endangered during a third quarter in which Johnson scored 10 of the Knicks' 19 points, although the Cavs quickly made it close in the fourth.

Notes: This was the first time in 14 years that the Knicks opened the season at home. ... Patrick Ewing's condition has improved slightly, although coach Jeff Van Gundy described his latest movement as a "slow jog." The 14-year veteran is recovering from a ruptured Achilles' tendon. ... Derek Jeter and Chuck Knoblauch of the World Series champion New York Yankees sat in the front row. ... The Cavs debuted new black road uniforms with blue, orange and white trim and the word "Cleveland" written across the chest.


NBA Scoreboard

Cleveland Clubhouse

New York Clubhouse

Washington 94
Atlanta 87

Charlotte 100
Orlando 86

Miami 128
Detroit 122

Indiana 119
New Jersey 112

New York 92
Cleveland 84

San Antonio 89
Philadelphia 76

Boston 103
Toronto 90

Dallas 108
Golden State 96

Milwaukee 98
Houston 93

Denver 107
Phoenix 102

Seattle 104
LA Clippers 92

LA Lakers 91
Utah 84

Portland 106
Vancouver 86