As we approach the All-Star break, let’s take a look back at the top highlights from 2012-13, a season we can all agree has been some crazy ride:
2-0 vs. Miami:
The Knicks announced loud and clear that they are the biggest threat to the Heat with two blow-out victories over the defending champs. Their 104-84 and 112-92 wins, the latter minus Carmelo Anthony, is the biggest reason Knick fans believe title aspirations for this season, are for the 1st time in a decade, realistic!
No Place Like Home:
The Knicks 10-game home winning streak to start the season was the best start since the Knicks opened the 1991-92 season 11-0.
Amare’ Stoudemire likes to mention the word “Swag” all the time but it has actually been Rasheed Wallace’s presence on the team that has given the team most of its “Swag” this season. His surprisingly good play and impact was probably the #1 reason the Knicks defense was so good earlier in the season. His “Three to the Dome” celebration after a made 3-pointer, was adopted by the entire team and his “Ball Don’t Lie” phrase, once looked down upon has even been embraced as some type of rallying cry. It’s not surprising that the word “soft” wasn’t associated with this team until Rasheed went down with injury.
The month of November was an historic one for the Knicks as their 11 wins during the month were the most wins recorded since the 1972-73 season.
The Knicks have had some impressive 1st half wins, but their sweep of perennial Western Conference power, the San Antonio Spurs stamped the team as serious title contenders. The 104-100 win at San Antonio and the 100-83 win in New York represent two of only 11 losses the Spurs have suffered this season while once again holding the best record in the league at 36-11.
Battle for NY:
After a disappointing lost in the first ever battle at the Barclays Center Nov 26th, the Knicks returned and rallied to take a dramatic 100-97 win over Brooklyn, led by Carmelo Anthony’s 45 pts and huge clutch 3-pointer from former Net, Jason Kidd. Arguably the most emotional victory of the season
JR to the Rescue:
In the midst of his best season, 16.2 pts ppg, JR Smith drills two last second buzzer beaters against Charlotte (Dec 5) and Phoenix (Dec 26), in the span of one month after never accomplishing the feat in his 9yr career.
Knicks in London:
In an effort to further globalize the NBA and seize upon the momentum gained during the summer Olympics, the Knicks & Pistons flew to London to play only the 3rd regular season game ever at the city’s O2 Arena. Just 5 months after helping TEAM USA capture gold, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler lead the Knicks to a resounding 102-87 victory. The game marked the return of Iman Shumpert and added further proof that Knick fans are everywhere!!
Three to the Dome:
Carmelo Anthony ties the Knicks franchise record with nine 3-pointers made in a hard fought 106-104 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
The Return of Shumpert:
The Knicks got off to a great defensive start in building an impressive record, but recently the defense has slipped and that’s largely due to the season long absence of defensive stopper, Iman Shumpert. During his return to the court January 17th in London, Shumpert showed glimpses of the athleticism that earned him All-Rookie selection by recording 8 pts, 2 rebs, 1 asst, and 1 block in just 15 minutes of play!