Don’t call it a streak. The Knicks (26-40) have won 5 of their last 5 games, including tonight’s match up vs. the Celtics. That ties the Knicks season-high for wins in a row (don’t call it a streak).
Carmelo Anthony only needed 28 minutes to score 34 points (11-25, 4-7 3FG), 19 of which came in the first half. Speaking of streak(y), the Knicks have connected on 61-of-140 shot attempts (43.5 percent) from beyond the arc, a league-best over the last 5 games.
“We’ve been shooting the hell out of the ball these last five games and our defense has been on par as well so it’s a good combination to have. Again, we just got to continue to grow, take it one day at a time and see what happens.”
— Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson /NBA.com
The Good – The Knicks’ prospects put on show tonight, as Cole Aldrich recored a double-double in first start as a Knick . Tim Hardaway Jr. appears to have found a little groove, scoring a combined 50 points (16-24 FG, 8-12 3FG) in back-to-back games.
The Bad – Jeff Green lit it up for Boston with 27 pts, including 17 points in the 3rd (the whole Knicks team had 17 pts in that quarter). Earl Smith III (aka J.R.) is known for his defensive chops, but Green looked like a Varsity player in a JV game that period. The Knicks recovered with a 31-17 fourth quarter.
The Ugly – The young boy Jeremy Tyler played solid (7 rbs, 1 blk off the bench), but ended up on the wrong side of the Top 10 plays tonight:
The Difference – The Knicks cracked open a 23-7 point lead to start game, and never looked back. All 5 of the Knicks starters scored in that stretch, capped off by an Iman Shumpert 3-pointer with 5:38 left in the first.
Playoff Picture: The Knicks have moved into the 9th spot, only trailing the Atlanta Hawks by three games for the final playoff spot in the East. The Knicks can make it six in a row Saturday back in the Garden vs. a pitiful Bucks team. The real challenge will be next Wednesday, when the first place Pacers come to town.
P.S. – Tyson Chandler (personal reasons) missed his second straight game. Amare (knee) took the night off. Rondo didn’t play for the Celtics after logging 41 minutes last night in a loss to Indiana.