With the Bucks’ loss to the Indiana Pacers tonight, the Knicks have clinched a playoff birth for the second consecutive year.
So, even though four games remain before the season officially concludes, no matter the outcome of those games, the Knicks will be playing playoff basketball. Mathematically, the Knicks could still end up with the 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th seed, and with the recent new coming out of Orlando, who knows what’s going to happen to the Magic. Could they lose out? Definitely. Could they win for Dwight? Definitely. One things for sure: The 6th seed is still in play.
After defeating the Celtics last night, the Knicks traveled to New Jersey to play the New Jersey Nets for the last time. Ever.
The Knicks earned a season split against the Boston Celtics with a 118-110 win tonight at Madison Square Garden. Carmelo Anthony had his second career triple-double, pouring in 35 points along with 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Paul Pierce led all scorer’s with 43 points in a losing effort.
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.
After last night’s exhibition against the Wizards, the Knicks record improved to 31-28. A Sixers (31-28) loss moved the Knicks back into seventh in the Eastern Conference and an Orlando (34-25) loss left the ‘Bockers three games behind for the sixth seed. They remain two games ahead of the Bucks, who defeated the Pistons last night. Let’s take a look at the three “other” teams the Knicks are fighting for a playoff spot.
In what turned out to be a scrimmage before their nationally televised matchup with the Miami Heat on Sunday, the Knicks completely destroyed the Washington Wizards Friday night at MSG, 103-65. J.R. Smith led New York with 23 points and six assists off the bench. The Wizards were led by Jordan Crawford’s 17 points.
In a game that for sure left fans at the edge of their seats, biting off their nails, screaming at their TVs and gasping for air, the Knicks pulled out a huge win over the Bucks in Milwaukee, 111-107. Carmelo Anthony continued his hot streak, leading New York with 32 points and 10 rebounds. Monta Ellis had his best game as a Buck, scoring 35 points and filling the stat sheet with 10 assists, six rebounds and four steals.
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.
I’m still on overdrive after the Knicks comeback win over the Chicago Bulls today, Easter Sunday. It was a game full of resurrections (D-Rose and Bulls in third, Carmelo and the Knicks in late fourth and overtime). Here’s a special edition of the Three-Man Weave.
Ok. Got my breath back. Heart rate back to normal. After coming back from a 10-point deficit with 3:45 left in the fourth quarter, the Knicks defeated the Chicago Bulls in overtime, 100-91. Carmelo Anthony, who hit both the game tying three-pointer to send the game to overtime and the winner, led the Knicks with 43 points on 16-for-31 shooting. Derrick Rose led the bulls with 29 points.
Two national TV games versus Orlando. Two Knicks blowouts. Nice.
The Knicks defeated Orlando for the second time in as many weeks, as they blew out the Magic 96-80. Tyson Chandler led the way with a solid 12 points and 12 rebounds. He shut down Dwight Howard for the 3rd time this season, holding the Magic center to 8 points and 8 rebounds. The scoring was balanced as five different Knicks scored in double figures.
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.