Since their Christmas Day win over the Celtics, the Knicks have not had too much to smile about. The offense rarely even seemed like an offense, the defense was its usual atrocious self, and their undisciplined play resulted in a 3-4 record, which included losses to Toronto, Golden State, and Charlotte. Even their most recent win came over a winless Wizards team; a game in which Carmelo Anthony had to bail the team out with a go ahead three in the final minute.
Saturday night, though, the Knicks played their best 48 minutes of the season, and came out with a 28 point win over the Pistons. Yes, the Pistons are a bad team, but tonight’s game was a very good sign for the Knicks.
The flow of New York’s offense was much better than on previous nights; the ball movement resulted in plenty of open jump shots, leading to 103 points, while six players finished scoring in double digits.
The Knicks performed equally as well on the defensive side of the ball, holding the Pistons to 37% shooting and just 80 points. The Knicks also forced 20 turnovers, while committing just 11 of them. New York even outrebounded Detroit, their second straight night outrebounding the opponent.
Basically, everything went right for the Knicks against the Pistons.
As was previously mentioned, six different Knicks had double figures in points tonight, and it was a total team effort. Carmelo Anthony struggled for a good portion of the night, and other guys had to step up for the Knicks to play as well as they did.
Unsurprisingly, Amar’e Stoudemire lead the team with 22 points on 8 of 15 shooting, but the Knicks had contributions from plenty of role players too.
Iman Shumpert scored 11 in his first game as a starter, and Josh Harrelson provided 11 points himself, off the bench. But perhaps the biggest contribution came from none other than Mike Bibby.
Bibby, who the Knicks signed to the disapproval of many fans, was on fire tonight, missing just one shot and draining all four of his three pointers in just 15 minutes of action.
Tonight was just a glimpse of what basketball fans expect of the Knicks. Remember, it took a few weeks for the Heat to finally gel last season, so maybe this is the beginning of the Knicks figuring it out.
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Written by Michael Burke
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