The Knicks defeated the Celtics, 114-88, on Tuesday night.
You know those games that feel like a video game? This was that game for the Knicks. There were alley-oops, threes dropping like crazy and big blocks.
The Knicks dominated from the start, leading 31 to 15 after the first quarter. They led by as much as 30 in the latter stages of the game.
Despite sitting much of the 3rd and 4th quarters, Carmelo Anthony finished with 24 points on 8-for-15 from the field.
The supporting cast came up big for the Knicks. Every single player who played in the game scored at least two points. Beno Udrih was the only dressed player to not play.
Harris DeckerThis was a fun game to watch if you’re a Knicks fan. They blew out the Celtics from the start, jumping out to a big lead on the backs of Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and J.R. Smith. As well as the Knicks played, the Celtics looked absolutely horrendous. Rajon Rondo scored only seven points (five assists) and Jeff Green continued his miserable shooting streak, shooting 4 for 13.
The Knicks had everything working from an offensive perspective tonight. They were hitting shots from all over the court. Specifically, J.R. Smith had a great game, scoring 17 to go along with Tim Hardaway Jr.’s 16. Even Jeremy Tyler, helped by the huge lead, scored 17 points on a very efficient 7 for 9. The great offensive show led to some great defense as they team recorded 9 steals and 7 blocked shots. Anthony had four of the steals.
Tyson Chandler also had a great game, scoring a double double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. A few of those 12 points came off of alley oop assists from Smith who had the lob working brilliantly. Smith finished the game with 5 assists.
In the blowout, it was nice to see Mike Woodson pull his front line troops out. With the team up by 27, Anthony, Felton and Chandler sat out the entire fourth quarter, getting some much needed rest. Anthony finished playing just over 28 minutes, the second fewest of the season.
There were also two injuries in the game. Kenyon Martin, who was returning to the court after missing 10 games, left in the second quarter after aggravating his leg. Earlier in the game, Iman Shumpert left with what the team is calling a sprained shoulder. We will have updates on those two tomorrow morning.
The Knicks continue the home stand on Thursday against the Cleveland Cavaliers at 8pm