CLEVELAND — Amare Stoudemire’s return from a back injury didn’t help the playoff-bound New York Knicks, who were stunned 98-90 by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.
Stoudemire had missed New York’s previous 13 games with a bulging disk. But even with him in the lineup, the Knicks couldn’t handle the Cavs, who snapped a three-game losing streak and won for just the fourth time in 19 games.
Stoudemire finished with 15 points and Carmelo Anthony had 12 before sitting out the fourth quarter.
Manny Harris had 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Cavs, and rookie Kyrie Irving scored 21 in his second game back from a shoulder injury.
Harris banked in a desperation 3-pointer from 42 feet as the 24-second shot clock expired in the fourth to keep Cleveland comfortably ahead.
In Dallas, Vince Carter had 19 points, including eight in a row for Dallas early in the fourth quarter, and the playoff-bound Mavericks finally pulled away from a young Golden State squad.
Carter’s personal streak ended when he had an assist on Jason Terry’s breakaway 3-pointer that stretched Dallas’ lead to 87-75 with 9 minutes left.
Brandan Wright added 17 points for Dallas, which is playoff bound.
GRIZZLIES 85, BOBCATS 80
In Charlotte, N.C., Mike Conley had 18 points and seven assists as Memphis extended Charlotte’s
franchise-worst losing streak to 19 games.
The Grizzlies overcame an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter and then held on to get an important victory in terms of playoff seeding in the Western Conference.
UNDER FIRE: The NBA union’s executive committee has requested the resignation of President Derek Fisher.
The NBPA said in a statement on its Twitter feed Friday that the executive committee voted 8-0 Wednesday that it had lost confidence in Fisher’s ability to lead.
Yahoo! Sports reported that Fisher was refusing to step down. Fisher has been the union’s president since 2006.
Fisher, a star point guard, made a brief statement to reporters at Friday’s shootaround in Sacramento, saying, “The quickest, most efficient way to say it is to say that I do and I’ve always taken my job as president of the players association very, very seriously.”