History has been made here for the Turn OnThe Knicks team, as the The New York Knicks register their first win since the website was launched over a week ago. The Knicks finally end their four game losing streak by defeating the Phildelphia 76ers 99-93, earlier tonight at Madison Square Garden.
The game started off with a roar of intensity mixed with ugly play, as the Knicks were able to build a favorable lead led by the strong play of Carmelo Anthony, as he ended the game as the Knicks leading scorer with 29. Amare Stoudemire immediately made an impact off the bench with energy on the defensive and offensive end, finishing with 22 points on 9-10 shooting from the field in only 21 minutes. Stoudemire put the Knicks on his back in the fourth quarter, easily showcasing his best game since returning from injury.
Jrue Holiday was one of the few bright spots for the Sixers, finishing with 30 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Evan Turner also had a stat-stuffing evening for Philadelphia, ending the game with 21 points, six rebounds and eight assists.
With the largest lead by the Knicks reaching 20 points in the second half, the Sixers were able to put together a few spurts that brought the game within striking distance. After Philadelphia continued to flirt with the lead changing from 9-12 points, Stoudemire’s late play helped seal the game off for the Knicks. The Sixers kept playing hard and was able to bring the contest within five points with under a minute to go, but it was just too little too late.
The Knicks will look to continue with the winning streak when they take on the Golden State Warriors on Feb. 27.
Knicks Game MVP - Amare Stoudemire had his best game this season as a Knick, finishing with 22 points and 5 rebounds on almost a perfect shooting night. He brought energy all night long, and ultimately carried the Knicks through a 4th quarter stretch that Anthony was on the bench for. If STAT can bring this type of play to the table on a nightly basis, this Knicks team will be much harder to beat. Stoudemire elevates the bench to a championship level with this type of aggression.
Knicks Game LVP – Jason Kidd’s shooting woes continued tonight, as he shows his legs are dwindling by the day. the 39-year-old shot only 1-7 from the field, and 0-6 from downtown in over 26 minutes. On top of missing 37 of his last 44 three-pointers, Kidd also missed a free throw tonight, capping off his stat line with three points and two assists. Kidd was able to contribute on the glass by grabbing nine rebounds, but he needs to find a way to get his shot going.
Turning Point – The Knicks began the 2nd quarter on a torrid pace led by Amare Stoudemire. Outscoring the Sixers 17-4 through the first half of that quarter, they never found there way back into the game outside of a couple runs to start the third quarter. Some thought after Carmelo’s flagrant on Spencer Hawes the Sixers could have changed the momentum in the game, but they couldn’t quite take advantage of it. The Sixers did happen to bring the game within five points with under one minute to play, although the effort just wasn’t enough.
Play Of The Night – I believe”spinning and winning” was the phrase Clyde Frazier chose after the flashy dunk by Amare Stoudemire early in the 2nd quarter. Stoudemire looked as if the knee problems were never an issue with that move, and finish was just as clean. You read about STAT’s stats in the “Knicks Game MVP,” and we can only hope the intensity continues. Oh by the way, if you want to just see some of the smoothest drive-to-the-lanes-and-finishes, then just cop a highlight reel of Jrue Holiday.
What’s Next – The New York Knicks will host the Golden State Warriors at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The game will tip of at 7 p.m. Yet another Garden return for the Knicks good friend David Lee will be in store wednesday, with the Knicks looking to continue the winning streak to two.