Knicks Rely on Defense to Get the Win

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Knicks 88  Pacers 76

Knicks came into today’s game on a mission. A mission to get back in the win column . This game was sluggish at first, which was to be expected. Some early complaining by the Knicks had me wondering if this would be a repeat of the Memphis game.

Poor shooting by both teams had the score very low in the first half, but NY’s defense was stellar like is has been this young season. Marcus Camby got the call in the second period for a few minutes and he used those minutes to contribute nicely.

In the 3rd period the Knicks offense came alive with hustle and solid ball movement. Melo asserted himself offensively until he got his 4th personal half way through the 3rd. Raymond Felton controlled the team with ease, as he also added his much needed scoring. The Knicks were in control of the game most of the 3rd and 4th period, getting back to the style of play they were accustomed to early in this season.

The Knicks defense was top notch in the 4th as the Knicks hammered the Pacers in every way. The Knicks had solid contributions from Melo, Camby, Novak, and Prigioni. JR smith all season has been a stud on both sides of the court. The Knicks emptied the bench with under 4 minutes left as this game was over in the 4th. This was a great bounce back win for NY, they have a real chance to go on a nice run with the next 10 games against some challenged teams. The Knicks won the rebounding battle finally 48-47. NY only had 9 TO’s compared to 18 from the Pacers. The downside of the win was NY only shot 37% from the field and 28% from beyond the arc. They used defense to create offense, which in turn got them a win. Mike Woodson has not lost back to back games as the Head Coach of the New York Knicks.

Box Score

Notable Stats:

Melo: 26 Pts 9 Rbs

Sheed: 9 Pts 7 Rbs

JR Smith: 13 Pts 7 Rbs

Raymond: 11 Pts 8 Ast.

 

Peter A. Knickswag Chief Editor

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