Knicks 106 Suns 99
Usually the Knicks and afternoon games lead to disasters. However this year the Knicks have turned the page on the past and have played very well on Sunday’s.
The Knicks looked focused and in charge this afternoon getting off to a quick 12 point lead. The Suns eventually battled back as basketball is a game of runs. Melo, Tyson and Raymond were all on their game in the first half.
Rasheed Wallace was ejected early in the half for arguing about a foul and was given 2 tech’s a minute apart. The loss of Sheed was a double blow since Marcus Camby was unavailable due to a sore foot.
Chris Copeland stepped in to fill the void that was left from Camby and Sheed. Cope was energetic, smart and efficient with his game in the 1st half. Cope’s position will undoubtedly be filled when Stat come’s back from injury, but Cope’s contribution has been noted and now we all know what to expect from him. I expect Coach Woodson to use Copeland over the next month until the return of Amare.
The half ended with the score 59-42 Knicks. Many players contributed to the half, of course Melo led the team, but Cope, Ray and Novak all had them rolling to a big lead.
The Knicks started the 2nd half with the same ball movement and unselfish play that they started with. However, the Suns hung around and did not give up on this game, cutting the lead several times from 20 to 12. Carmelo put the Knicks on his back, capping off a 3 point basket at the end of the 3rd.
The 4th started a little different. The Knicks took their foot off the gas pedal and let the Suns and New York native Sebastian Telfair drive his team right back into the game. The Suns cut the one-time 20 point lead to 6, but the Knicks had some timely hoops and steadied the ship. The Suns however did not quit and stormed back to cut the lead to 4. Raymond Felton was the man tonight who hit big shots to help the Knicks close out the Suns, along with JR Smith’s clutch free throws to seal the victory.
Copeland’s 1st half spark helped the Knicks as well as Steve Novak’s second efficient game in a row. They were a large part of the Knicks victory today. Furthermore, Melo, Ray, Brewer and Tyson were the glue and the engine that made this game possible for NY. I am glad to say that the NY Knicks are the deepest team in the league. Yup, I said it. The Knicks lose the rebounding battle 43-45, but limit their turnovers to 7 compared to the Suns 17.
Melo: 34 Pts. 6 Rbs.
Felton: 23 Pts. 7 Ast. 0 Turnovers.
Chandler: 15 Pts. 12 Rbs.
Novak: 12 Pts. 4-9 from three.
Copeland: 8 Pts. 3 Rbs. 2 Ast. 1 Blk.
Peter A. Knickswag Chief Editor