Don’t look now but the Knicks had a really good week and really seem to be on a roll.
This week they went 3-1 and their only loss, even though it was a blowout, was to the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Knicks started off the week with a win against the Sacramento Kings in the Garden, and quite frankly they played like a team that wanted it more. They came into the matchup with a 9-3 record at home and played the game like protecting home court meant something to them.
Kristaps Porzingis got a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds, Derrick Rose added 20 points with six rebounds and six assists. Lastly, Kyle O’Quinn and Brandon Jennings were both huge off the bench. Jennings totaled 19 points and O’Quinn grabbed nine boards.
The usual suspects for Sacramento had good games ,Demarcus Cousins scored 36 points and 13 rebounds. Rudy Gay scored 22 points, grabbed nine rebounds and four assists, although it wasn’t enough for the win.
However by no means did the Knicks play a perfect game. They had 19 turnovers to Sacramento’s 10, committed 25 fouls resulting in 27 points and only shot 70% from the free throw line.
The Final score was 106-98.
The Knicks’ second matchup of the week was in Miami against the struggling Miami Heat, who are currently 7-17.
The Knicks had a good shooting night, shooting 49% from the field, which is a little better than their 47% FG that they average during their wins this season. They out-rebounded the Heat 65-52, got 19 points off of turnovers and scored 20 more points in the paint 56-36.
Porzingis had another triple-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds, Melo added 35 points, Noah added 10 points and 10 rebounds, Jennings added nine assists off the bench and O’Quinn scored 12 points and seven rebounds off of the bench.
Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside stepped up for the Heat but it wasn’t enough to get the win for them. Dragic scored 29 points and dished out seven assists. Whiteside added 23 points and 14 rebounds.
Despite having so many players have a good game, this actually wasn’t a blowout. As a matter of fact the Knicks were down 54-53 at halftime. However a strong-scoring second half helped them out when the Knicks outscored the Heat 61-49.
The final score was 114-103.
The third matchup was against the Cleveland Cavaliers who sit atop the Eastern Conference at 17-5.
The Knicks only shot 35% from behind the arc, got out-hustled by only scoring eight fast-break points compared to the Cavs’ 23 and also committed 22 fouls resulting 26 points at the free throw line for the Cavs.
Porzingis only scored 12 points (on 5-15 shooting), grabbed three rebounds and Melo only scored eight points. Brandon Jennings, who was in the starting lineup because Rose was out with back spasms, was the leading scorer with 16 points.
On the other side of the ball the big three of Cleveland all scored 20+ points and Tristan Thompson added 20 rebounds.
The Knicks were outscored 36-26 in the first quarter and never were able to get back in the game.
The final score was 94-126.
The final matchup of the week was against the Kings again. The Knicks came out with another W, but not as easily as last time.
This time the Kings got off to a better start, being down only one point at halftime, 54-53. but it wasn’t enough for a win.
The Knicks played good team ball out-rebounding the Kings 62-46, got six blocks compared to Sacramento’s one, and scored 25 points off of turnovers compared to the Kings’ nine.
However, this also wasn’t a perfect game for the Knicks who didn’t shoot well from behind the arc once again, shooting only 34.5%, but it didn’t end up hurting them because the Kings only shot 25% from the behind the arc. Also the Knicks were outscored in the paint 50-32 and only had three steals compared to the Kings’ 10.
The final score was 103-100.
Despite poor shooting from downtown in the last two games, the Knicks had a pretty good week overall. Even in that category they’re currently ranked 13th in the league in 3FG%. This week they averaged 104.25 PPG and the bench averaged 36.5 PPG compared to their opponents’ 30.25 PPG. They also are 5th best in the league at reboundin