The revenge game.
Following an overtime loss to the Brooklyn Nets just 15 days ago, that’s exactly what tonight’s game meant to the New York Knicks when they once again faced their crosstown rivals. And, fortunately for the Knicks, the sweetest of revenge was served.
Despite a lackluster first quarter in which the Knicks were outscored by 14 points, the team fought back to cut the deficit to just four at halftime, and behind a season-high 45 points from Carmelo Anthony, New York was able to keep within striking distance of Brooklyn throughout the second half.
And that’s when Jason Kidd happened.
Tied at 97 with just 25 seconds left to play, Knicks point guard Raymond Felton hit the wide open Kidd, who did just what he has done all season long–he made the big play when it needed to be made. This time, Kidd drained a go ahead and–after the Nets failed to score–ultimately game-winning three.
It was nothing more than yet another example of the Knicks’ theme for the season: just find a way to win. Throughout the past month and a half, the Knicks have continually found ways to win, while seemingly turning to someone different every night.
Tonight it was Carmelo Anthony and Jason Kidd, and tonight it was perhaps the best-feeling victory of the season. Tonight was about validating that the Knicks still run New York, and thus about validating that they are the class of the Atlantic Division.
This rivalry was meant to be the next big thing in the NBA, and it started out better than advertised; with the two teams tied at 9-4 for first in the Atlantic following the Nets’ dramatic win on November 26th, many began to think that this would be the next great rivalry in sports.
Since then, however, the tables have dramatically turned; New York has won seven of eight, capped off with tonight’s victory, while separating themselves from the rest of the pack in the Atlantic Division. Meanwhile, on the other side of town, the Nets have lost five straight, while making it obvious that they are far from elite status.
Sure, the rivalry could be special one day, but at least for now, the Knicks are the clear-cut class of New York.
About the Author
Written by Michael Burke
I'm Mike. I'm 16 and love sports. I'm a Knicks, Yankees, Colts and Notre Dame die-hard. My dream is to cover the Knicks professionally, so I hope that PSB can help me reach that goal. Follow me on twitter: @michaelburke47