After dropping four straight games, the visibly frustrated New York Knicks were sick of losing.
And on Sunday night, the Knicks’ bottled up frustration came out in the form of energy and effort en route to a 99-93 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Tyson Chandler highlighted the defensive effort with 12 rebounds and three blocked shots as New York held the opposing Sixers to just 40 first half points and 42 percent shooting.
Despite a poor shooting night, Carmelo Anthony (6-18) scored a team-high 29 points, while Amar’e Stoudemire added 22 off the bench on an efficient 9 of 10 shooting.
It wasn’t always pretty, but the Knicks did what they had to do in order to get victory number 33 on the season; New York made 27 of its 35 attempts from the charity stripe and capitalized on numerous second chance point opportunities.
However, the defensive effort and offensive score at all costs mentality weren’t the only forms of energy and excitement that the Knicks showed.
Staying true to Atlantic Division fashion, the game got rough with about seven and a half minutes remaining in the third quarter as Carmelo Anthony appeared to hit Sixers’ center Spencer Hawes in the back of the head while the two fought for rebounding position.
As the video suggests, the events that transpired went something like this: Carmelo hits Hawes in the head, Hawes doesn’t appreciate the gesture and thus jaws at Melo, Tyson comes to his teammate’s defense by shoving Hawes, and then everyone gets involved.
Carmelo was awarded a flagrant-1 for his actions, while Tyson Chandler and Spencer Hawes each received technicals, but one would have to think that the league will be looking further into this.
Although it’s not something that should happen with much frequency, the Carmelo Anthony/Tyson Chandler vs. Spencer Hawes incident was almost nice to see.
It showed that the Knicks’ recent struggles have done nothing to disrupt their fiery passion nor their bond as a team.
Tyson didn’t have to stick up for Carmelo and risk being ejected from the game, but he did, because this Knicks team truly is a team. No matter what kind of adversity they have had to face this season, the Knicks have continually overcame it.
And, with their four game losing streak now behind them, maybe tonight was a sign of better things to come.
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Written by Michael Burke
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