Monday, March 7, 2011

NY's efense? Knicks Win When "D" Is Not Missing!

Knicks Took the Fight Out of  the Hawks with Strong "D"
The Knicks surrendered 119 points to the Cavs two days ago, but after stressing defense in practice, NY clamped down on the Hawks on Sunday in Atlanta to hold them to only 79 points. Despite a poor shooting game by Carmelo Anthony (14 points on 6-8 shooting), and playing shorthanded without Chauncey Billups, Ronny Turiaf and Bill walker, New York managed to hold the 5th place Hawks to a Knicks' season low in opponent scoring. Keeping the surging Sixers a half game back in the standings, the Knicks won the low-scoring game 92-79, behind strong second-half defense and timely fourth-quarter stops.

Carmelo Anthony got poked in the eye in the first quarter by Al Horford. It caused 'Melo to get blurry vision and an instant migraine. As a result he did not play the final 10 minutes.

With Anthony on the bench, Amar'e Stoudemire took charge and led the Knicks in scoring with 26 points and 7 rebounds. Landry Fields chipped in with 15 points and Seane Williams had four 3-pointers for 12. Six Knicks shot double-digits, while New York out-rebounded Atlanta 31-27. The Knicks point guards played solidly with Tony Douglas having 10 points, 7 assists and Anthony Carter also contributing 10 important points in only15 minutes. The Knicks shared the ball well with 23 assists. It was a team effort with the bench contributing, including even the seldom-used Roger Mason. Interestingly enough, Knick fans in Atlanta often drowned out the Hawks fans. In the end, all that could be heard was the repetitive roar of M-V-P for STAT as the Knicks cruised to a decisive victory!

What a difference a game makes. New York is now 17-2 when holding opponents under 100 points. The Knicks are an amazing team when they can find the "D!" 

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