Last night, the New York Knicks defeated the Atlanta Hawks by a score of 113-112. Carmelo Anthony continued his domination in April, notching 39 points and collecting 10 rebounds. This marks ‘Melo’s seventh 30-plus point performance in 11 April games. Simply put, remarkable.
Amare Stoudemire, while playing center, recorded 22 points, on an efficient 9-13 shooting, and grabbed 12 rebounds. This was just Amare’s second game back from injury and he looked better than he looked before the injury.
The 36-year old Baron Davis also had a fantastic game, in which he recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists. Believe it or not, Boom Dizzle actually got up for a dunk last night. He also proceeded to knock down three of the four triples he attempted.
I’m convinced Baron and Amare found a time machine before last night’s game, and hopefully, they’ll continue to use it throughout the playoffs.
Since the Knicks won, and the Magic fell to the Nuggets, the Knicks still have a shot at the 6th seed. It’s still a long-shot, especially the part where the Magic need to lose at home to the Bobcats, but the Knicks still have a shot. Personally, I want to face the Heat in the first-round, but a first-round reservation with the Indiana Pacers would be okay on my watch.
One final positive coming from tonight’s game was that every Knick seems to be hitting their stride right when it counts. Even Landry Fields who has had a god-awful offensive year, had what have might been his best game this season (18 points, on 7-8 shooting, and 4 rebounds).
Two more regular season games, then it’s on to the playoffs. Let the fun begin!