The Knicks were able to get a much-needed win in what was perhaps the most entertaining game of the 2012-2013 NBA Season. Despite a career-high scoring performance from Stephen Curry with 54 on 18-28 shooting (11-13 from three), The Knicks proved that team basketball and big stops in critical situations can get it done.
The Knicks started off hot in this game making momentum-boosting plays fueled by the outstanding rebounding by Tyson Chandler. He completely took advantage of the height missing from the Warriors lineup with Bogut and Lee out. Iman Shumpert pleasantly surprised Knicks fans showing tough perimeter defense that was a common sight before his ACL injury. Shumpert finished with only two points but had a career high in steals with five.
Kenyon Martin also made his Knicks debut tonight. Although his stat line was empty Knicks fans were excited to see him out there. Carmelo Anthony finished with 35 points on 10-26 shooting but his scoring performance was overshadowed by that of Stephen Curry.
Saying that Stephen Curry was on fire in this one was an understatement. Not only does his stat line prove his dominance, he approached offensive possessions with an extraordinary sense of confidence and took tough shots without a shred of doubt. The Knicks should feel very fortunate to get a win in a game that so strongly reinforces their lack of success containing the tougher point guards in this league.
Although Stephen Curry torched Felton for the first 46 minutes, it was the last two where Felton stood out and it was enough to close the game out for New York. He had a critical block on Curry and followed it up by a steal on a Warriors in-bounds pass and an offensive rebound off a missed free throw that contributed to a high-percentage bucket by Anthony that sealed the win.
The Knicks get a big win against Golden State and look to keep their success going against the Washington Wizards on Friday, February 29.
Knicks Game MVP – Tyson Chandler had a career night finishing with 16 points and 28 rebounds in a game where rebounding was particularly significant. If a couple of these missed shots became offensive rebounds for the Warriors, a couple of more second chance opportunities for Stephen Curry could have resulted in a Knicks loss.
Knicks Game LVP – Jason Kidd continued to convince fans that a change needs to be made to the Knicks starting lineup. He was a liability on defense and was 0-4 from the field; all shot attempts were from three.
Turning Point – In a game where Raymond Felton had been rendered useless in the attempt to even slow down Stephen Curry, Felton came up with a huge block out of nowhere within the final two minutes. The block led to a mid-range jumper by J.R. Smith that gave the Knicks the lead late in the game.
Play of the Night – It was a sight Knicks fans will hope to see for years to come. Chandler brought in a rebound that started the break. It led to Anthony penetrating the paint and when Golden State defenders stepped up, he threw a no-look pass right on the money to Stoudemire. Stoudemire, who was cutting along the baseline, caught it and immediately went up for the monster dunk.
What’s Next – The Knicks will travel to Washington DC on Friday to take on the Wizards at 7:00 PM. After a big win such as this one, the Knicks will hopefully continue their winning streak that will help them in the fight for a high seed in the playoffs.