CLEVELAND -- Power forward Amar'e Stoudemire scored a team-high 22 points in the New York Knicks' 102-97 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Knicks snapped a 10-game losing streak at The Q. Their last win in Cleveland was on Nov. 29, 2006.
The Knicks (36-21) played the second half without the NBA's leading scorer, Carmelo Anthony. The 6-foot-8 forward stumbled and fell on the court with 6:42 to play in the second quarter. He got up, walked directly to the locker room with a right knee injury and didn't return to the game.
The Cavs (20-40) had a 22-point lead when Anthony limped off.
That seemed to light a fire under the Knicks. Stoudemire replaced Anthony and immediately went to work. He was a beast around the basket, making 10 of 15 shots from the field and pulling down six rebounds.
Knicks swingman J.R. Smith added 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Forward Steve Novak scored 16 points and guard Jason Kidd 12 for the Knicks. None of the Knicks' starters scored in double figures.
Cavs power forward Tristan Thompson blocked a Raymond Felton layup with 12.9 seconds left. The Cavs got a stop when Stoudemire missed a 16-footer, but Kidd chased down a long rebound with six seconds remaining. He split two free throws for a 100-97 advantage.
Knicks center Tyson Chandler showed why he's the reigning Defensive Player of the Year. He blocked Kyrie Irving's 3-point attempt with two seconds left. Smith iced the game with two free throws with 0.7 of a second left.
Irving had 22 points, five rebounds and six assists in his return after missing the previous three games with a hyperextended right knee.
Center Marreese Speights paced the Cavs with a season-high 23 points and eight rebounds. However, he missed his last four shots from the field.
The Cavs are now 4-3 since All-Star break.
Cleveland hung on for a 74-70 advantage after three quarters. Irving was starting to pick up the pace with 17 points, five rebounds and five assists at that point.
The Cavs were shooting 53.6 percent from the field through three quarters.
Cleveland didn't made a field goal in the first 6:41 of the third quarter. By then, the Knicks had ripped off 10 straight points to pull to 61-59.
The Cavs missed 10 of their first 11 shots from the field in the third quarter. They were 4 of 18 in the quarter for 22.2 percent and were outscored 21-13.
Anthony had six points and one rebound in 14 minutes.
Without him, the Knicks closed the first half on a 19-9 run.
The Cavs were shooting 81.4 percent from the field at one point in the second quarter and led 61-49 at halftime. Speights matched his Cavs' season high with 21 points in the first half on 10-of-10 shooting from the field.
Speights helped the Cavs shoot 68.4 percent from the field in the first half.
Cavs forward Luke Walton had a season-high 12 assists in the game.
NOTES: On the night Irving returned to the lineup, the Cavs were forced to play the Knicks without starting center Tyler Zeller and shooting guard Dion Waiters. Both players went to the emergency room with illness. ... Irving missed the previous three games with a hyperextended right knee. "I landed awkwardly in practice," he said. "It was a deep bruise. When I was playing in Orlando and Miami, I could feel it, but I tried to play through it. It was limiting my ability to go to the basket and have confidence jumping off my right leg." He said he's not all the way back. "I wouldn't call it 100 percent yet, but close to it," Irving said. ... Zeller and Waiters went to the emergency room with stomach pain and vomiting. "They have some type of virus," Cavs coach Byron Scott said. "They were throwing up." Scott decided to start Wayne Ellington at shooting guard and Marreese Speights at center. "They are next in line, obviously," Scott said. ... Anthony was tied with Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant for the league lead in scoring. "He's the best pure scorer in the NBA," Scott said. "He can get you in so many ways. There are not many things he can't do. He's not just a jump shooter. He has the ability to get to the line. Offensively, he doesn't have any weaknesses." ... Knicks coach Mike Woodson said he's constantly fidgeting with his rotations. That's one of the reasons Amar'e Stoudemire played just 21 minutes against Miami on Sunday. "If I had my druthers, I'd have Melo and (Stoudemire) on the floor at the end of the game," Woodson said. ... Smith was 3 of 14 from behind the arc in the loss to the Heat. "If your jump shots aren't falling, let the free-throw line be your friend," Woodson said.