Post Game Recap
Final Score: Warriors: 105 Knicks: 109
The matchup between the Knicks and Warriors lived up to the hype as one of the more exciting games of the NBA season took place at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night. It was a high scoring affair with three pointers raining down from all over the court, mostly from one
Stephen Curry. The Knicks faithful got to see Kenyon Martin in action for the first time this season, albeit only for five minutes. He needs to get into the flow of things on offense, but brought energy to the defensive end on the court; exactly what he was expected to do when the Knicks signed him. This was a big win for the Knicks who are now riding a two game winning streak after some shaky play heading into their visit to the nation’s capital to take on the Washington Wizards Friday night.
- With his jump shot off again, Carmelo Anthony resorted to attacking the rim and once again the results were positive. Anthony ended the night taking 15 free throws, knocking down 13 of them en route to a 35 point night. With the offensive explosion from Stephen Curry the Knicks needed every point Anthony could muster tonight, who shot 10 for 26 from the field. Anthony also led the team in assists on the night with eight; getting his teammates involved often when the Warriors began double-teaming him. One player who benefited from Anthony being double-teamed was Amar’e Stoudemire who finished at the rim a number of times on Anthony assists.
- Stoudemire once again gave the Knicks a good spark on the offensive end, going six of seven from the field for 14 points on the night and four rebounds. Stoudemire took advantage of a team that was thin on the front line with David Lee serving his suspension and Andrew Bogut dealing with yet another injury. It was nice to see Stoudemire and Anthony working together on the offensive side of the ball, as Stoudemire was the beneficiary of a good portion of Anthony’s assists. Now if only they could get that same cohesion and effort on the defensive end of the court.
- J.R. Smith looks to be back in a groove, giving the Knicks yet another great effort off the bench. The Knicks needed everything Smith brought Wednesday night as he gave a helping hand across the game. Smith scored 26 points, going 10 of 19 from the field and knocking down six of his 11 three point attempts. Smith got hot in the right game, as the Knicks needed someone outside of Anthony to score the ball and keep up with Curry. Smith, who has rebounded the ball well all season, stepped up on the boards as well, grabbing five on the night, the second most on the team.
- Without Lee playing for the Warriors they were extremely deft of anything rebounding prowess. Tyson Chandler took full advantage, grabbing a career high 28 rebounds; 10 of the offensive variety and 18 of the defensive. There was no one on the Warriors who could contend with Chandler on the boards as he looked like a man amongst boys. Chandler would also score 16 points and add two steals and one block on the night. The 28 rebounds were the most by a Knick since Willis Reed in 1971.
- Jason Kidd continues to struggle from the field and it is getting to the point that he is becoming worthless on the court. Kidd missed another four shots Wednesday night, going scoreless for the third time in his last five games. Kidd’s percentages in February are as ugly as can be, as he will end the month shooting 19.6 percent from the field overall and 15.6 from the three point line. Kidd adds some intangibles while on offense, but looks like he could use a rest. Mike Woodson should move him to the second unit to limit his minutes or let him rest full games all together.
- The perimeter defense was torched in historic style Wednesday night by Stephen Curry. Curry ended the game with 54 points, the third most ever scored by an opposing player at the current Madison Square Garden. He shot 18 of 28 from the field, including a Warriors franchise record of 11 three pointers, one short of the NBA record of 12. Curry was on another level for most of the game, including a second quarter in which he went off for 23 points in alone. The Knicks had no answer for Curry the whole game until the final minutes when Raymond Felton locked in and stopped Curry, blocking his last jump shot to lock the game up for the Knicks. Curry got his teammates involved as well, as the Knicks decided the only way to slow Curry was to trap him and get the ball out of his hands; but he was a more than willing passer, picking up seven assists in the game as well.