Round Two in the heavyweight rivalry that is the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets goes the the ‘Bockers. After being down by as much as 17 in the first half, the Knicks clawed their way back and pulled out an improbable 100-97 victory. Carmelo Anthony scored a season and Knicks career high 45 points. Jason Kidd, who hit the game-winning three-pointer, had 18 points, six rebounds and six assists in his first game against his former team as a member of the Knicks. Andray Blatche led Brooklyn with 23 points while Deron Williams had a double double with 18 points and 10 assists.
I was prepared not to write this. I was prepared to hit ‘Move to Trash’ on my first post as a writer for The Knicks Wall. Fortunately for us, the New York Knicks are now 2-0 versus the Miami Heat after another 20-point blowout, this time at American Airlines Arena. What makes this win even sweeter is the fact that Carmelo Anthony was absent, nursing a laceration on his non-shooting hand from a nasty tumble into the bench from the Knicks’ last-second win against the Bobcats.
Kicking off a three-game road trip, the Knicks began it on a winning note, winning a wild game against the Charlotte Bobcats by a score of 100-98 last night. Tyson Chandler led the Knicks with a monster 18 point, 17 rebound performance while Carmelo Anthony led the scoring attack with 23 points. Despite a tough shooting game from J.R. Smith, he finished with 13 points and the game-winning jumper as time expired. Second year guard and Bronx native Kemba Walker led the Bobcats with 25 points and 11 assists.
The Knicks ended their three-game road losing streak in resounding fashion tonight, running the Milwaukee Bucks off their own floor by a score of 102-88. Carmelo Anthony led five Knicks in double figure scoring with 29 points, along with eight rebounds. Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton chipped in with 17 and 12 points respectively. Steve Novak, playing back home and in front of his family, scored 19 points off the bench, knocking down 5-of-7 three-pointers while Pablo Prigioni had his best NBA game, scoring 11 points and dishing out seven assists. Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings combined for 35 points for the Bucks, but only five of those came in the second half.
Losers of three of their last four games (including the Battle for New York City to the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night), the Knicks (9-4, tied for 1st in Atlantic Division) end their quick two game road trip tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks (7-5, 1st in Central Division). The Knicks will again be without Jason Kidd, who missed Monday night’s game with back spasms. The team has him listed as day-to day. Ronnie Brewer, who dislocated his left ring finger in the loss to the Nets, will be available for the Knicks. There has been no word on who will replace Kidd in the starting lineup. Coach Mike Woodson could use his big lineup of Raymond Felton-Brewer-Carmelo Anthony-Kurt Thomas-Tyson Chandler or just replace Kidd at shooting guard with one of either J.R. Smith, Steve Novak or James White.
Beginning a three-game Western Conference road trip, the Knicks got off to a flying start, routing the Anthony Davis-less New Orleans Hornets by a score of 102-80. The win was the second in a row for the Knicks, who are now 8-1 in the young season and maintain the NBA’s best record. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 29 points, six rebounds and four assists. The Hornets were led by Ryan Anderson’s 15 points and eight rebounds.
For a moment there it looked like it was all going to blow up. Down 9 points with 7:14 left in the fourth quarter, the Spurs ran a perfect pick-and-roll for the 300th time in a row. Tony Parker whipped a one-armed bullet pass into a rolling Tiago Splitter, who laid it in and got hammered by Tyson Chandler after the fact. And-one. Time-out, Knicks. The game resumed, Splitter hit his free throw, and the Spurs went up by 12 points, with seven minutes remaining in the game.
With the NBA’s and Knicks’ season in full swing, the time has come for the return of TheKnicksWall’s “Three Man Weave” column. This week, we’re taking a look at the Knicks top rated defense, the play of their three-headed monster at point guard and the change in the overall play of Carmelo Anthony
After a stressful and emotional week in New York City due to the damage left behind by Hurricane Sandy, the city was in need of a huge pick-me-up. The Knicks were more than happy to abide. In front of an emotional crowd in Madison Square Garden, the Knicks defeated the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat by a score of 104-84. It was the home and season opener for the Knicks, after what was supposed to be their first game agains the Brooklyn Nets Thursday night was postponed. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 30 points and 10 rebounds while the Heat were led by LeBron James’ 23 points along with seven rebounds, five assists and three blocks.
With the Knicks set to take on the Philadelphia 76ers in their fifth preseason game, let’s take a look at notes from their two losses this weekend against the Toronto Raptors (a 107-88 loss on Friday) and Boston Celtics (a 109-88 loss on Saturday).
Simply put, Jason Kidd is one of the greatest floor generals the NBA has ever seen. Along with Grant Hill, he was the co-NBA Rookie of the Year in 1995, after averaging 11.7 points, 7.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds, while leading the league in triple doubles for the Dallas Mavericks. In 1996, he made the first of his 10 All-Star Game appearances. After being traded to the Phoenix Suns during the 1996-97 season, he led the franchise to five consecutive playoff appearances. As a Sun, he led the NBA in assists three straight seasons (1999-2001). After the 2001 season, he was traded to the New Jersey Nets, where he would make his biggest mark. In his first season in New Jersey, he finished second in the MVP voting while leading the Nets to their first of back-to-back NBA Finals appearances. The following season, Kidd had his highest scoring season, averaging 18.7 points while again leading the league in assists. In 2004, Kidd again led the league in assists while leading the Nets to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. After that season, Kidd underwent microfracture surgery, sidelining him until December. Despite missing time, Kidd still led the Nets to a playoff spot in 2005. With a fully healthy Kidd the next season, the Nets rebounded to gain the third spot in the Eastern Conference. In his final full season with the Nets in 2007, Kidd again led New Jersey to the Eastern Semi-Finals. During the 2008 season, Kidd would be traded to the team he got his start with. After playoff failures in the next three seasons with Dallas, Kidd finally got his elusive championship ring in 2011. In his career, Kidd has totaled over 100 triple doubles and is second all-time in assists and steals and third all-time in three-point field goals made. He has also won two Olympic Gold Medals as a member of Team USA, as his teams had a perfect record of 56-0 in international competition.