In Stoudemire’s first missed game of the season, the Knicks beat the Kings 114-92, on New Years Eve.
The Knicks jumped out to an early lead, due to a 15-0 first-quarter run. Landry Fields, in particular, was very active. He showed flashes of his old self. He wasn’t worrying about creating, rather, he let the game come to him. He had two buckets in the first-quarter that came on put-backs.
During the Knicks’ 15-0 run, 9 points came from second chance opportunities and Toney Douglas knocked down three three-pointers, something we haven’t seen from him in ages.
The Knicks ended the first-quarter up by 15, 35-20, and did not look back after that.
Here are some things that stuck out to me:
- Josh Harrellson finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds in his first NBA start. This was encouraging, especially considering Amare Stoudemire will sit out some games this year, to rest. If Harrellson can continue to rebound, score and play great defense, he will prove to be a valuable role player for this squad.
- Despite picking up 3 fouls in the first half, Tyson Chandler finished with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. This was the first game we’ve really seen Tyson perform on the offensive side of the floor, and I could get used to it. Also, he was a perfect 10/10 from the line.
- Toney Douglas was good. And we haven’t had reason to say that this season, yet. He finished with 17 points, 8 assists and 2 steals. He was 4-6 from deep, after starting the season 2-15. One thing I’d like to see Toney do more frequently, is get into the paint and draw more fouls. He’s an excellent free-throw shooter, but has only attempted four free-throws this year.