Karma could be on the side of the Knicks, since the last time that they played the Heat in the first-round they went onto play the Spurs in the Finals. In addition, during that 1999 season, the NBA also had a lockout shortened campaign, that saw the team hurt by the injury to Patrick Ewing.
The Knicks lost 98-90, to the Cavs, who were previously 4-18 in their last 22 games. This was Amar’e Stoudmire’s first game back after missing 12 games, so this loss proves that it will take time for the defense to get back to what it was before his return.
Even though the Heat were 3-8 in their last 11 road games, the Knicks defense could not contain Dwayne Wade or LeBron James, as they lost 93-85 to the Heat. Wade and James combined for 57 of the Heat’s 93 points.
The Knicks were not able to beat the best team in the league for a second game in a row as they lost to the Bulls, 98-86, and now only have a one game lead over the Bucks for eighth place. They play the Bucks tonight in Milwaukee.
The Knicks lost a heartbreaker to the Pacers, 112-104, as they had an eight-point lead at the half, and a 15-point advantage going into the fourth, but they were not able to play with as much fire and desire in the final quarter.
The Knicks had the chance to pull within 2.5 games of the Hawks for the sixth seed, but they were not able to get enough scoring outside of Carmelo Anthony (36 points) and Iman Shumpert (25 points). Those two players scored 61 of the Knicks’ 90 points, and shot a combined 20-38 from the field.
The Knicks beat the Raptors, 106-87, and with the win, the Knicks have won all four games Mike Woodson has coached and all four of those wins have been by double digits. The win also pushed their record at MSG to 14-10.
Carmelo Anthony (16 points, seven assists, two rebounds and a +15) played one of his best all around games of the season, while deservedly hearing a mix of boos and cheers during the 121-79 victory for the Knicks. They played tenacious defense and have not scored in the 120s this season.
The Knicks played better defense than they had during their previous five losses, but could not make plays that they needed to down the stretch, which led to the Bulls getting the 104-99 win. A stat that proves that the Bulls wanted it more is that they pulled down 56 rebounds (22 offensive) to only… More
The Knicks lost to the Celtics, 115-111, in overtime, in a game they definitely could have won. New York is now one game below .500 and has not defeated the Celtics in Boston since Jamal Crawford, Nate Robinson and David Lee were all on the team.