The Knicks might be the oldest team in the N.B.A., but against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night, they went young. Chris Copeland, a rookie who went undrafted, started the first game of his career, replacing the injured Carmelo Anthony.
The Knicks certainly missed Anthony, especially in a wild final minute. But the youth movement, orchestrated by Coach Mike Woodson, ultimately worked as planned, as the Knicks escaped with a 103-102 victory at Madison Square Garden.
The game came down to free throws. The Knicks, who led for the entire fourth quarter, made 8 of 10 in the final minute. But with one second left, Anderson Varejao had a chance to send the game into overtime. He made the first of two free throws but missed