Harris DeckerThere was only one constant in last nights game: J.R. Smith was dominant from outside the arc. Aside from that, the rest of this game was another nauseating ride on the ’13-’14 Knicks express.
In the win, Smith came within a single point of his season high in points, reaching 29 on a remarkable 10 for 19. What made things even better for Smith were his nine 3-pointers. He only missed threetimes from behind the arc all night and tied a Knicks record for 3-point shots made in a game.
Carmelo Anthony was also brilliant in the win. He scored 36 and shot over 57 percent from the field (63 percent from behind the arc). Things weren’t all great for Anthony. He came down hard in the fourth quarter and rolled his ankle. It was noticeable and as the game ended, he was clearly in pain, despite helping lift the Knicks over the Kings.
This was a game that almost got away for the Knicks. After leading by 24 points, they saw that lead evaporate and nearly disappear as DeMarcus Cousins destroyed the Knicks over and over. He finished with 32 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists, just two short of a triple-double.
In the end, Anthony hit a few clutch shots and Smith continued to fire away from behind the arc, leading the Knicks back into the win column. They pulled to three games back in the loss column as the Hawks lost on Wednesday to the TImberwolves.
While the season seems to be drifting to a close, it was a hard fought battle and a nice win for the Knicks. On Friday, the Knicks continue their west coast trip against the Phoenix Suns at 10:00pm from the US Airways Center.