After a rough start to the season, the Knicks are starting to figure it out. A win Wednesday night over the Sixers is the fourth straight for New York, and their biggest win on the year.
Yes, it was the third and final game of a back to back to back for the Sixers, and yes, the Knicks were idle yesterday. Nonetheless, this victory was an impressive one for the Knicks over a Sixers team that rode a five game winning streak into the game.
If anything, with the way the Sixers have been rolling, playing this many games is an advantage for them; they are very young and deep, and virtually unaffected by playing back to back’s.
Carmelo Anthony led New York with 27 points on a mere 9 of 24 shooting, while Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner each put in 16 for the Sixers.
The Knicks once again received a nice contribution from rookie Josh Harrelson, who scored 13 points in just 23 minutes. Amar’e Stoudemire added 20 points on a solid 8 of 14 shooting, along with grabbing 10 rebounds.
New York’s most impressive play, however, came on the defensive side of the ball, where they held the Sixers to just 79 points on 39.5% shooting. This is no new thing for the Knicks though, as their opponents have averaged 82 points on under 40% shooting in the last three victories for the Knicks. And it has not stopped there for New York; the Knicks have outrebounded their opponents in each game on this four game winning streak, something they have not been accustomed to in the past.
Shutdown defensive play and domination on the glass are two things that Knicks fans are not familiar with, and the new style of play is very exciting to see.
If anyone can be credited for this sudden change, it is none other than Tyson Chandler.
Chandler, who has averaged 12.5 rebounds and a block per game on the win streak, is single handedly bringing a new culture of basketball to the Knicks. If they continue to rebound and defend this well, the success will not stop.
This victory over the Sixers, and the fashion it came in, reassures that the Knicks are the team to beat in the Atlantic division, and wins over them and Boston make it nearly impossible to deny this.
The Knicks go on a two game road trip next, and will take on the Grizzlies on Thursday night.
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Written by Michael Burke
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