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Mar. 27, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7), shooting guard J.R. Smith (8) and small forward Iman Shumpert (21) smile on the court against the Memphis Grizzlies during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 108-101. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks starting to get hot at the right time

Thanks to the Chicago Bulls putting an end to the Miami Heat’s insane 27-game win streak, let’s put the focus back on the NBA’s hottest team right now.

The current longest win streak in the league belongs to the New York Knicks, who have seemed to figure things out by reeling off six consecutive wins, including back-to-back wins over playoff teams in the Boston Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies.

Mar. 27, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) high fives shooting guard J.R. Smith (8) and point guard Raymond Felton (2) against the Memphis Grizzlies during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 108-101. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

With the Charlotte Bobcats upcoming on Friday, you have to think that the streak will hit seven before things get very tough.

After the game against the ‘Cats, seven of the Knicks final 11 games come against teams currently in the playoffs, including a tough five game stretch upcoming that features a home game against Boston the Knicks have to travel to Miami and the Atlanta Hawks before returning home to take on the Milwaukee Bucks then heading right back to the road to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The final six games alternate bad team then good team as the Knicks face below .500 teams in the Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers and another matchup against the Bobcats, but also see the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers and finish the regular season at The Garden against Atlanta.

Combined on the season, the Knicks have a 13-9 record against the opponents they will face the rest of the season, but have losing records against the Bulls (0-3), Pacers (1-2) and Thunder (0-1).

The Knicks are still in the mix for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, which will be very big if they want to make a run to the conference finals.

They really control their own destiny, which is all you can ask for at this point in the season.

You want to be playing your best basketball heading into the playoffs and if the Knicks take care of business the final 12 games of the season, they could enter the postseason as one of the hottest teams in the league.

Is the recent six game win streak enough to make you forget about the recent two and half month stretch of mediocre play?

Not even close, but it is a very encouraging sign.

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