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Knicks Pummel Buck for Sixth Straight Win
NEW YORK—With the specter of Phil Jackson’s hire at president of basketball operations looming for the better part of 10 days, the New York Knicks as a team started to play great basketball. Many observers on the outside believe that was the trigger switch that has the Knicks rolling, but as Carmelo Anthony said, “It is not a distraction at all. If anything it made us to come together as a unit to try to keep that on the outside.”
The Knicks did their part on a Saturday early afternoon game by defeating the Milwaukee Bucks, 115-94 and it really wasn’t that close. The Knicks, especially this season have historically had major trouble during the 12 noon games. “It was all mental today…to come out and fight through the early start to create energy and momentum to start the game,” Carmelo said.
The Knicks continue to shoot the ball splendidly and as a team they shot 55 percent from the field. That mark improved the team to 14-1 when they shoot over .500. The Boys from Gotham are also 12-1 when they score 110 points or more. And they’re at very solid, 21-11 whenever they hold their opponents under 100 points. Interesting concept here, shoot the ball well, score points, stop the other team from scoring points, and you win the game. Interesting.
Milwaukee is a team that for some reason despite the record has given the Knicks fits. But the team is now playing in a more focused and desperate mode. “Our backs are against the wall,” Coach Mike Woodson said. “We are trying to get in the playoffs. We have experienced playoff basketball the last two years and we have made some jumps. This year it has been a roller coaster ride for our ball club.”
Carmelo also lamented the fact that the team dug themselves such a huge whole. “It is unfortunate we waited until our backs are against the wall and we dug ourselves a hole. But it is time to win some games and see what happens.”
Rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. continued his stellar play as he joined Carmelo (23) in the 20 point category. He and fellow guard Iman Shumpert have become somewhat of a dynamic duo (34 points combined) off the bench. Shumpert as it turns out really wasn’t too thrilled with playing the small forward spot in the small ball line up. Coming off the bench in the instant energy fashion suits him better.
With Phil now in the fold, Knicks fans hope for the best of times to happen now.