The Knicks won their 8th straight game tonight as they beat up the Celtics for the second time in a week by a final score of 108-89. It’s the first time in 9 years that the Knicks won the season series against the Boston Celtics. The Knicks are now 46-26, 20 games over .500 for the first time in 14 years, and they finish this extremely difficult month of March with an impressive record of 12-6.
Knicks Game MVP – You could go a bunch of different ways on this one, but I am going to go with Raymond Felton. Felton finished the game on 6 of 10 shooting from the field, while scoring 18 points and 4 assists, while turning the ball over just one time. This all coming against the highly touted defender Avery Bradley who had been guarding him for the majority of the game. Felton rarely forced anything, made smart decisions, and in my mind really abused Avery Bradley tonight. He was also 3 of 6 from beyond the arc, and it’s really good to see his consistent shooting continue.
Knicks Game LVP –Nitpicking would be an understatement with this one, and I really don’t even know if there was a LVP tonight, so I am not putting anyone down for this one. The Knicks had six players in double figures, and while both Melo and J.R. Smith did not have the best shooting nights, they each had double-double’s and showed that they each can do other things besides just score.
Play Of The Night – This one is easy. Raymond Felton connected on a half court heave to end the half and give the Knicks a 65-48 halftime lead. Not sure if he called banks on it, but it still counted. And oh by the way, it was the Knicks 11th three of the half in which they shot 11-16 from downtown for an unheard of 69%.
Turning Point – The Knicks had been making it a habit of letting teams crawl back into games in the second half, and for a while it looked as though the Celtics were going to do it again tonight. However, the Knicks never let it get any closer than 11 points in the second half, and it was Raymond Felton’s baseline drive against Bradley in which he was fouled on and connected that gave the Knicks all the momentum they needed. It was also Bradley’s 4th foul, which was very big at that point in the game.
What’s Next – The Knicks take their 8 game winning streak into South Beach as they take on the Miami Heat, Tuesday night at 8 P.M. The Knicks may be getting back the Defensive Player of the Year from last year in Tyson Chandler, and it will be interesting to see who will be playing for the Heat. In tonight’s game against the Spurs, the Heat sat both Lebron James and Dewayne Wade, and their are talks that head coach Erik Spoelstra may in fact do that again Tuesday night. Either way the Knicks have to take care of their own business and continue this remarkable hot streak that they are on when they head into Miami on Tuesday night.