In one of the most riveting regular season games an NBA fan can ever ask for, the New York Knicks went on the road to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 102-97. The win snaps the Knicks ten game losing streak at the Quicken Loans Arena, storming back from a 22-point deficit despite losing their best player and All-Star, Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony left the game in the second quarter when he seemed to trip over his own feet, buckling his knee in the open court. This certainly raises a concern for Knicks nation, but MSG’s Tina Cervasio reported their were no scheduled tests or MRI’s in store for Anthony as of now.
The Cavaliers shot an unreal 68 percent from the field in the first half, showcasing a total team effort across the board. Mareese Speights contributed heavily to the hot start, shooting 10-10 from the field with 21 points in the first half alone. Kyrie Irving was spectacular all night as well, finishing with 22 points, five rebounds, and six assists, but it wasn’t enough as the Cavs let off the gas petal. Fortunately for the Knicks, the Cavaliers started the second half 0-8, totaling only 13 points throughout the third quarter. It seemed as if the Cavaliers were expecting the Knicks to lay down and hand them the win after the Anthony injury, but the team showed an immense amount of poise to execute the 27-point turnaround.
Amare Stoudemire was the star of the game, punishing the rim the entire second half while replacing Anthony in the starting lineup. Stoudemire finished with 22 points and 6 rebounds, shooting a stellar 10-15 from the field. Steve Novak and Jason Kidd combined for seven three ball’s, which is a key ingredient to the Knicks nightly success.
A victory in the nature the Knicks got it tonight can be just what this team needs to get going. Knicks fans will hold their breathe until another official report comes out on Anthony, but the day off tomorrow will do nothing but help. The Knicks deserve to be proud of a victory under fire the way they were, and it’s vital they keep the momentum rolling throughout the season.
Knicks Game MVP – Amare Stoudemire – STAT started for the injured Anthony in the second half, and made a statement all night long. STAT had that same swagger on the court from when the crowd was chanting M-V-P for him every he shot a free throw, and his play reflected. He’s been shooting at a torrid pace for the Knicks of late, and nothing changed tonight, as he went 10-15 from the field.
Knicks Game LVP – I’m going to go ahead and give this to Head Coach Mike Woodson for one reason: he started James White. I know he only played four minutes, so his play didn’t affect the game all that much, but he started right? The Knicks were getting smoked early in the game right? I don’t know what it is, but I hope Woodson ends the James White experience tonight. I’d like to think White wouldn’t have started even if the lineup didn’t need to be shifted in the second half due to the Anthony injury, but who knows.
Play Of The Night – The entire second half. Enough said. Extremely fun game to watch. (Although, STAT did have a sick reverse, two-handed flush off a beautiful feed from Raymond Felton midway through the 3rd)
What’s Next – The New York Knicks will look to continue the winning streak when they go on the road to face the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, March 6. Tip-off at 7:30 p.m.