After losing what felt like 100 games in a row, the Knicks finally finished a game on top, by beating the Wizards 99-96, on the Wizards’ home floor.
Now, I’m not going to pretend that this was a good win, because it wasn’t. It was ugly and way too close. The Knicks found themselves down 14 after the first quarter, and risked losing the game before the halftime buzzer sounded. However, they were able to stage a comeback, by outscoring the Wizards 28-15 in the second stanza, after being outscored 18-32 in the first. At half, they found themselves down just one point.
In the second half, the Knicks found themselves up by a comfortable margin, but of course, relinquished the lead. With 47 seconds to play, the sensational John Wall made a close-range two-pointer, that put the Wizards in front, 96-95. Then, 15 seconds away from another loss, Carmelo Anthony saved us, by knocking down a 26-foot three pointer.
- Amare Stoudemire was a perfect 7/7 at the rim, but just 2-14 from anywhere else on the floor. We know that he’s athletic, so his success at the rim should be no surprise, and we know that he can shoot, so we should not worry about anything, yet. Amare is a talented player, and while he does not have both his inside and outside game going, Stoudemire is progressing smoothly, and will find his range as the season wears on.
- Entering tonight’s game, the Knicks were averaging nine offensive-rebounds a game. However, tonight, the Knicks corralled 15. Having multiple opportunities to score gives a significant advantage to a team. If the Knicks are able to raise their offensive rebounds, on a daily basis, they will give themselves more opportunities, while taking away possessions and clock time from their opponents.
- Tyson Chandler scored 12 points, on 3/6 from the field | 6/8 from the line, and snatched up 15 rebounds. Nine of Chandler’s 15 rebounds came on the offensive side of the floor, and while we cannot expect this every night, it is amazing having him so active around the hoop. I’m convinced that Chandler can averaged 10+ and 10+ a game this year, because he is attempting a career-high number of free-throws per game, as well as going for every rebound with gusto, since his teammates have proven to be incompetent on the rebounding front.
- Iman Shumpert started the second half, and might end up starting the next time the team hits the hardwood. Simply put, he was marvelous. Shumpert finished with 10 points, on a poor 4/11 from the field, including 1/5 from deep, but managed to dish out 7 assists, grab 3 rebounds, block a shot, and steal 5 BALLS. That was all achieved in 37 minutes, off the bench.
- The big three was really, really big. Carmelo Anthony (37), Amare Stoudemire (23) and Tyson Chandler (12), put the team on their back and carried them to the finish line. 72 of the teams 99 points came from the trio. That amounts to an amazing 72% of the team’s production. They did take 60 of the teams 89 attempts, but let’s not look at that…
Knicks are back in action tonight, as they face off against the Detroit Pistons.