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Carmelo Anthony (sprained ankle) sits vs. Cavaliers

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Cavaliers fend off Knicks (1:06)

LeBron James scores 24 points as the Cavaliers beat the Knicks 91-84. (1:06)

New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony missed Wednesday's 91-84 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers due to a sprained right ankle.

Anthony suffered the sprain in the second half of Monday's loss to the Orlando Magic after getting tangled up with Robin Lopez.

The veteran forward said Tuesday that he hoped to play against the Cavs but needed to see how his ankle responded to treatment.

Wednesday's game was the second that Anthony has missed this season for the Knicks (14-16). Lance Thomas got the start in Anthony's place, scoring eight points in 34 minutes.

Anthony is averaging 21.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game -- production that will be difficult for New York to replace against the Cavs.

The Knicks also were without reserve forward Kyle O'Quinn, who missed his second straight game due to a right ankle sprain.