The New York Knicks are for real.
After a stunning come from behind win against the Eastern Conference elite Miami Heat you can’t help but think the Knicks won’t continue to play as they did tonight.
However the New York squad was able to get the win tonight, surprisingly, due to their hustle and stifling defense.
Known for their scoring, the Knicks once again got off to a slow start offensively. Carmelo Anthony carried the load with a strong first half performance netting 16 points on 5-11 shooting en route to a 29 point 8 rebound effort. Chauncey Billups added nine points in the first half and Amar’e Stoudemire had eight points while grabbing six boards.
Miami’s big 3 (Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh) played solidly in the first half while James dropped 14, Bosh added 12, and Wade contributed eight.
But the first half was capped by a 16-0 run by New York including a deep three pointer at the buzzer by Bill “Luke Skywalker” Walker, that banked in on a sweet dish from Anthony for one of his two dimes, putting the Knicks up 52-51.
The second half was an offensive struggle as well but the Heat were able to reclaim their lead, going up by one at the end of the third quarter.
Melo had five points in the final minute and a half of the quarter to bring the Knicks within one at 66-65.
The fourth quarter was an absolute battle as the teams traded baskets for the final five minutes providing what may have been the most exciting game in the NBA’s season so far.
Chauncey “Mr. Big Shot” Billups took it upon himself to give the Knicks this much-needed win.
However, with a chance to put the game away, Billups tossed a pass to a cutting Bill Walker on an out of bounds play from the side of the court, Walker was unable to control the ball and surrendered the ball back to Miami.
Down by just one point, Miami now had a chance to win the game. James took Anthony one on one to the left side of the paint. As he maneuvered past Anthony, Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire came out of no where to reject James’ shot. Often criticized for his lack of defense, STAT came up huge with a game clinching rejection.
Shawne Williams corralled the loose ball and went to the line for a pair of free throws. After hitting them both, the Knicks were moments away from their second victory this season against the Heat.
Miami took over with 6 seconds and the ball at mid court. Once again, King James had the ball in his hands.
He caught the inbounds pass with a few open feet but opted to pump fake instead of take the rather open shot. Anthony attempted to recover after leaving his feet on the James fake, but could only slightly alter James’ shot. The shot clanked off back iron and Billy Walker skied for the board.
Walker netted two free throws to seal the 91-86 victory over Miami.
The newly acquainted big 3 of New York outplayed that of Miami in this thrilling but low scoring affair in just their third game together.
Carmelo Anthony had 29 and nine for the orange and blue, while Stat had 16 and ten rebounds, and Billups had 16 points to go along with four boards.
The Knicks improved to 30-27 to keep hold of their slim lead of sixth place in the East.
The Knicks are not even near their potential, and it will be very excited see this team explode as the season comes to an end!