The New York Knicks improved to 4-0 after beating the Dallas Mavericks by 10, 104-94. It is the first time the Knicks have started 4-0 since the ’93-’94 season. Carmelo Anthony led the way with 31 points and JR Smith added 22 points off the bench. It was a big win, as the Knicks will now head into a tough road trip that will take them through Orlando, San Antonio and Memphis in four nights.
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- The minutes Woodson played the backup big men were interesting, as Rasheed Wallace was first off the bench in the first quarter and played 18 minutes, which I thought was a little extreme. Marcus Camby played 8 minutes in his first action of the season and Kurt Thomas did not play. Camby’s minutes should go up as he gets healthier, although it seems Woodson really has an affinity for Wallace.
- Where Camby will help is on the boards, as the Knicks got out rebounded 50-43 tonight, which has been the only Achilles heel so far for the Knicks this season. They have now gotten out rebounded in every game this season except for opening night when they were tied with the Heat.
- Speaking of rebounding, Carmelo Anthony had seven, as he continued his outstanding effort on the defensive end. He also had two of his amazing swipe blocks. He scored an efficient 31 points, excelled in the post again and made rookie Jae Crowder look helpless at times. Melo drove to the hole with abandon and looks so much quicker this season.
- Raymond Felton continued his trend of having amazing first quarters and struggling some the rest of the game. Felton had five first quarter assists and ran the pick-and-roll beautifully with Tyson Chandler. However, Felton missed four free throws in the fourth and struggled to finish, as he only shot 3-for-13 from the field. Felton’s stamina hopefully will pickup as the season goes along, and until then, Woodson’s point guard rotations will be interesting.
- Chandler was a monster in the foruth quarter. It was not only his huge put back slam, but it was his swarming defense. He was absolutely everywhere, helping on everybody. He showed Dallas why they shouldn’t have gotten rid of him.
- JR Smith stepped up when the Knicks needed him the most. After Anthony picked up his fourth foul only about five minutes into the third, Smith took over the scoring for him, as he scored nine points in the third, and the Knicks extended their lead with Anthony on the bench. Smith then got a little over aggressive in the fourth as he committed some bad fouls. However, as long as he continues to play as hard on defense as he has, I can live with those errors.
- Jason Kidd was splendid again. He scored six points, had three assists and three steals in only 15 minutes. It was interesting though that Smith and Ronnie Brewer got the minutes down the stretch instead of Kidd.
- The Knicks really turned up their defense in the second half. They allowed only one three-pointer after allowing seven in the first half and held Dallas to only 37 points after allowing 57 in the first half. Dallas shot a minuscule 36% in the second half.
- The Knicks won a game, while only going 8-for-23 from three-point range. That is a good sign.
- The Knicks are now 4-0 and the teams the Knicks have beaten are a combined 12-1 against the rest of the NBA.
The Knicks will return to action on Tuesday night, when they will face off against the Orlando Magic down in Florida.