On Sunday night at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks (15-5) defeated the Denver Nuggets (10-11) by the score of 112-106. Box Score
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring with 34 points on 10-24 shooting from the field with six rebounds and two steals. He scored 11 points in the fourth quarter.
Jason Kidd had 17 points, four rebounds and seven assists. He shot 4-7 from the field, including 3-4 from three point range
Ty Lawson led the Nuggets in scoring with 23 points on 7-15 shooting with four rebounds and six assists. Former Knick Danilo Gallinari had 21 points and led the Nuggets with nine rebounds.
Tyson Chandler had 15 points and led the Knicks with 12 rebounds with 6 on the offensive glass, the Nuggets as a team only had 5
Denver shot 56% from the field while the Knicks only shot 43% from the field
The Knicks are now 8-0 at home which is the best start at home since they went 9-0 in the 1992-1993 season.
The Knicks are now 13-2 this season when scoring 100 points or more.
When the score was 88-80 early in the fourth, I thought the tired legs of the Knicks, playing in their fourth game in five nights, would let them down in the end. Boy, it feels good to know I thought wrong. The Knicks really stepped it up on the defensive end, Novak hit a back to back three’s and Jason Kidd once again played with a brilliant savvy that helped lead the Knicks to victory. They have earned a day off tomorrow and now are back on the winning end and kept the home winning streak alive and well.
Let me say this again, welcome back Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks down the stretch against the Bulls showed how much they missed Melo, and tonight against Denver, that point was proven. He got off to a rough start from the floor, shooting 5-17, but was going to the line at will which got him 23 points through three quarters. In the fourth, with the Knicks needing a closer, Melo did what he is paid to do and closed the door on his former team. He shot 5-7 from the field for 11 points in the fourth, finishing with 34 points overall and helped provide the killer instinct the Knicks needed to win this game.
I think it’s safe to say that rooting for Jason Kidd, instead of those years rooting against him, is a lot of fun. His performance in the fourth quarter as the lead point guard helping the Knicks come back while Melo was on the bench in was huge. I have never seen a player do a better job getting steals and use his hands while not fouling on defense. His passing always seems to be on point and his three point shooting has been exceptional. He filled up the stat sheet tonight which he may not always do, but the intangibles he brings to the court never takes a night off. Nothing shows us more about the value of Jason Kidd than this game tonight because when the Knicks needed a steady hand leading the way, he provided it and helped get the Knicks the win.
This play out of a timeout just shows some the value Mike Woodson brings as a head coach for this team. He has done a great job this year and is a perfect fit for what the Knicks are trying to accomplish. (H/T to Jonah Kaner at The Knicks Wall)
Tyson Chandler had another double-double tonight as he continues his strong play the past eight games. Ronnie Brewer had a great game defensively as he helped force the turnovers the Knicks needed in the comeback from down eight. J.R. Smith and Raymond Felton did not shoot the ball particularly well again, as they combined for 25 points on 9-34 shooting. But give Smith credit for pulling down nine rebounds and Felton for dishing out six assists.
The Nuggets are an interesting team. They have a lot of talent and Ty Lawson is an absolute blur on the court. Danilo Gallinari certainly has improved his all around game and had moments where he almost took over, but he disappeared down the stretch. They are going to be a playoff team in the West and will be a tough opponent for anyone in the first round of the playoffs. But, I think, a little bit more maturity and time playing with each other will make them even better than a team one game under .500.
The Knicks should be very happy with this win because of the effort they showed when they could have mailed it in and to be honest, I don’t think the Knicks last year win this game. They were able to control the tempo for the most part, got a boost from the Garden crowd and when they needed to make plays in the fourth quarter, they did. The Knicks are making MSG a hard place for the road team to win again, and that is great to see. Now the Knicks will have their first “Revenge” game of the season when they cross the East River and pay a visit to the struggling Brooklyn Nets.
Coming up next, the Knicks go back on the “road” and look to get a win for the first time in Brooklyn, as they take on Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center. The game will begin at 7:00 pm on Tuesday and will be shown on MSG and ESPN