Coming off a much-need victory on Thursday night against the crosstown Nets, the Knicks kept the good times rolling putting on another offensive clinic, destroying the Orlando Magic, 121-83, on Friday night.
These last two nights have been as good as it can get for the Knicks and their fans, as the team is playing more cohesively, while seemingly not missing any shots. Sure, the competition has not been stellar in the last two games, but that didn’t stop the Knicks from underperforming earlier in the year against supposed inferior opponents.
Maybe the Knicks can gain some confidence from these two back-to-back routes and start to build some serious momentum in a weakened Eastern Conference.
Let’s take a look inside the box score with four key takeaways.
· Once again the Knicks distributed the wealth, as they upped the ante from Thursday night (when they had six players in double figures) to have seven score in double figures on Friday night. Carmelo Anthony led the parade of scoring, notching 20 points on the night while securing a team-high 11 rebounds to go with four assists and three steals. Once again the assist to turnover ratio was sensational, as the Knicks dropped 25 dimes (Pablo Prigioni leading the way with six), while turning the ball over only 10 times. Altogether, the Knicks shot 53 percent (44-83) from the field and just overwhelmed the mismatched Magic.
· The Knicks pounded the boards against Orlando, out-rebounding the Magic 45-31. While Anthony was the only one in double figures, six Knick players had at least four rebounds. It was a good group mentality and gang rebounding is critical without Tyson Chandler in the middle.
· The threes keep falling. Once again the Knicks could not miss from the outside, nailing 50 percent (17-34) of their trifectas. It was nice to see Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith make a combined 10 three pointers off the bench. For once, Smith looked locked in and in the zone. If the Knicks can get that type of scoring off the bench on a consistent basis, they will be tough to beat.
· It was nice to see Metta World Peace chip in and play a vital role. World Peace was one of the seven Knicks in double figures, scoring 12 (4-7 from the field; 2-3 from three-point range) points. If the Knicks have ideas of winning consistently, it has to get better production from World Peace moving forward. Hopefully, tonight was an encouraging signs of things to come.
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