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About New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

It’s the classic battle between New York and Cleveland. One is the financial capital of the world with world famous landmarks. While the other is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the 1994-2004 ABC show The Drew Carrey Show. For Cleveland however, that’s not all. The Ohio city is also home to the 2016 NBA Champions the Cleveland Cavaliers. And as for New York, it will always have the Knicks.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the New York Knicks may have gone up against each other a number of times, but these two Eastern Conference teams do not have a particularly famous rivalry. That is not to say they’re not competitive; since the first time they faced each other on November 21, 1970, the Knicks and the Cavaliers have played to win.

Here is a recap of some of the memorable games between these two teams.

Memorable Games between the Knicks and the Cavaliers

December 15, 2012 – This was a tough game for both the Cavaliers and the Knicks. The New York Knicks were red hot with the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers on the other hand had Kyrie Irwing in a Dark Knight mask. The game was a nail biter with both teams fighting for every point. With Madison Square Garden packed to the rafters, the rookie point guard gave one of his best performances. Irwing ended the game with a then career best 41 points and 5 assists. Tyson Chandler for the Knicks scored 23 points with 10 rebounds. The game went into the last second when Anderson Varejao had the chance to score on a free throw to level the game. Having made the first free throw, he was unable to do it the second time, giving the Knicks a win 103-102.

Cleveland Rocks! – Its February 4, 2017 and the Cavaliers are in New York for their four game trip. They have already beaten the Knicks in October and December and February is no different. Even with Irwing out, the Cavaliers decimate the Knicks in Madison Square Garden. Even though the Knicks launched a spirited comeback in the third and fourth quarters, the Cavaliers with LeBron James turned out to be a little too tough to chew. The Cavaliers ended the game with a 111-104 win and marked their win streak to nine games in a row.

The Cavaliers and the Knicks go Head to Head

Here is how the Cleveland Cavaliers have performed against the New York Knicks

Games Played Wins Losses Win %age Points Scored Points Allowed
219 103 116 .470 21,809 22,181

The Knicks and the Cavaliers have met in the playoffs on three occasions. On all three occasions, the New York Knicks have defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Legends behind the Knicks and the Cavaliers

With two NBA Championships, eight Conference titles and five Division titles, the New York Knicks have had some remarkable athletes on their roster. The list for the greatest Knicks starts with Center Patrick Ewing. This 11 time All Star averaged 21 points per game with 9.8 rebounds per game. Small forward Carmelo Anthony is a 10 time All Star and part of the new generation of Knicks. And then there is the 2 time NBA Champion Walt Frazier. This Point Guard played for the Knicks from 1967-1977 in which he was a 7 time All Star.

The Cleveland Cavaliers on the other hand have one NBA Championship, four Conference titles and six Division titles. The list for the Cavaliers greatest players starts with LeBron James. He is a 3 time NBA Champion and a 3 time NBA Finals MVP. Next up for the Cavaliers is point guard Kyrie Irwing. He is a 4 time NBA All Star and NBA Rookie of the Year in 2012. And to round off the Cavaliers list is center Kevin Love. In addition to being a 4 time All Star, Love also has the distinction of being an NBA Champion in 2016.

Watch the Knicks take on the Cavaliers

The New York Knicks and the Cleveland Cavalier games are always exciting to watch. To experience the excitement, get Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks tickets from here. Check the New York Knicks schedule and Cleveland Cavaliers schedule first. Also go through the Quicken Loans Arena and Madison Square Garden seating charts to get the best seats. You can buy cheap Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks tickets from here.

Frequently Asked Question About the Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks

How many times have the Knicks played the Cavaliers?

As of September 2022, Knicks and Cavs have played each other 219 times in the regular season. The Knicks lead the series 116-103

When was the last time the Knicks won the NBA Championship?

The Knicks last won the NBA Championship in 1973.

What is the Cavs best record?

In 2008-2009 the Cleveland Cavaliers won 66 games

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