The Knicks came out flat against the Cavs. They allowed Cleveland to knock down 53 percent of its shots in the first half, including six of 11 3-pointers. New York was down by as many as 17 in the first half. And Tyson Chandler wasn't happy about it. He had a message for the rest of the Knicks at halftime.
"I just let my teammates know that if we really want to be true contenders, on nights like this we've got to show it. Nothing's going to come easy," said Chandler, who won a title with the Mavs last season.
The Knicks responded, rebounding to win by 17 and climb back to .500.
After the game, Mike D'Antoni was effusive in his praise of Chandler, calling him "an All-Star on and off the court."
He also appreciated the half-time speech.
"He's a champion and he's won a ring and that's how you do it," he said. "He's shown the way."
Chandler finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds. He said his left wrist, which has been bothering him since Feb. 19, felt better as the game went along.
STEP BY STEP FOR DAVIS: Baron Davis played a season-high 14 minutes on Wednesday. It was his most productive night as a Knick -- he finished with four points and eight assists.
He was asked afterward if he could've played 20-25 minutes.
"That was enough for me," he said with a laugh. "Let's not get ahead of ourselves."
NO HARRELLSON: Josh Harrellson was healthy enough to play on Wednesday but he didn't see the floor. Harrellson had been out since January 21 with a fractured right wrist. It will be a challenge for Mike D'Antoni to spread minutes among Harrellson, Steve Novak and Jared Jeffries.