Breathe a sigh of relief. The Knicks stopped their losing streak at just two, and are now 9-3, which is good for 2nd best in the Eastern Conference. They beat the struggling Detroit Pistons (3-11), who continue to try to rebuild and return to their championship roots. Led by Carmelo Anthony’s 29 point performance, the Knicks outscored the Pistons by 21 points. The Pistons high scorer was Brandon Knight who added 21. The Knicks continue to be undefeated at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks came out strong in the first half, as ‘Melo continued his hot scoring streak (he hit his first 6 shots). They headed into halftime up by double digits, and poised for an easy second half. The Pistons, however, came out strong and cut the lead to only 8 at one point before the Knicks regained control the rest of the way through.
The defense that had been missing the past couple games returned as the Knicks forced 19 turnovers, with 13 steals and 4 blocks. Players were diving on the floor and helping out teammates. There are still some issues though, and they were shown by the team getting out-rebounded yet again, and the Pistons shot 47% from the field.
The offense was without a doubt the high point of today’s game. Six players finished in double digits. Rasheed Wallace and J.R. Smith both finished with 15 points, and together shot 4-9 from beyond the arc. Raymond Felton had a double-double, finishing with 14 points and 10 assists. The team, overall, shot amazingly well from the 3-point line going 17-33.
Steve Novak stood out to me in the game today. Novak had been struggling as of late, but went 5-7 from the 3-point line. He scored 18 points, and played commanding defense finishing with 2 blocks and a steal. Hopefully this game will help him get hot in the games to come.
Tomorrow night the Knicks face the Nets for the first time this season in Brooklyn, and a win would start the mini rivalry off perfectly for Knick Fans. The Nets are currently 7-4, and are in second place behind the Knicks in the Atlantic Division. Tomorrow night’s game was originally postponed due to Hurricane Sandy.