What a difference a night made for Kiki Vandeweghe.
Vandeweghe, held scoreless in his debut with the New York Knicks, scored 23 points in his second game to lead the Knicks to a 132-123 victory over the Miami Heat Thursday night at New York.
“It takes awhile to get my timing, learn the plays and handle the press,” Vandeweghe said, slightly embarrassed by his 0-for-4 performance in a loss at Milwaukee Wednesday night. “But it certainly helped to hit my first three shots.”
Vandeweghe was 8 for 15 and made all six free throws against the Heat, who lost their 16th consecutive road game and dropped to 1-25 away from home. The Knicks are 25-1 at Madison Square Garden.
Vandeweghe was playing his second game for the Knicks since he was traded to New York from the Portland Trail Blazers a week ago.
Sylvester Gray, led the Heat with season highs of 25 points and 14 rebounds.
Cleveland 112, San Antonio 84--John (Hot Rod) Williams scored 22 points at Richfield, Ohio, as the Cavaliers handed the Spurs their 13th consecutive loss.
The victory was the Cavaliers’ sixth straight overall and extended their team-record home winning streak to 22 games.
Brad Daugherty scored 22 points and rookie Randolph Keys had a career-high 14 for the Cavaliers, whose 43 victories are one more than they had last season.
Mark Price missed the game with a concussion sustained when he took a blow from Rich Mahorn in the Cavaliers’ victory over the Pistons Tuesday night. Price is expected to play against the Pistons tonight at Auburn Hills, Mich.
Indiana 131, Golden State 127-- Reggie Miller scored a career-high 36 points to lead the Pacers over the Warriors at Oakland.
Chuck Person scored 32 as Indiana won its fourth straight game and ended the Warriors’ 11-game home winning streak.
New Jersey 114, Charlotte 103-- Chris Morris scored 31 points and Lester Conner had a triple-double as the Nets ended a three-game losing streak by beating the Hornets at East Rutherford, N.J.
Conner finished with 13 points, 11 assists, 13 rebounds and 6 steals, center Joe Barry Carroll added 26 points and Roy Hinson had 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Phoenix 110, Sacramento 90--Tom Chambers had 32 points and 18 rebounds as the Suns defeated the injury-plagued Kings at Phoenix. Sacramento dressed only nine players for the game.
Denver 113, Houston 103--Alex English scored 26 points and Fat Lever had his sixth triple double of the season as the Nuggets beat the Rockets at Denver.