With four more victories, the Knicks extended their season-long winning streak from eight games to 12 this week.
Even more impressive? They came over four different playoff-bound teams; the Knicks took down the Heat, Hawks, Bucks, and Thunder.
The Knicks improved to 50-26 with the strong week, and with a six game lead over the Brooklyn Nets, they now have a magic number of just one in order to win the division. New York also has a three game advantage in the loss column over the Indiana Pacers for the Eastern Conference’s number two seed.
Carmelo on Fire:
Carmelo Anthony went on an absolute tear this week, and his play ought to garner an Eastern Conference Player of the Week award.
He scored 50, 40, and 41 points in the first three games of the week, tying Bernard King’s franchise record of three consecutive 40-point games set in the 1984-85 season, before capping off the week with an impressive 36-point game against the Thunder.
And with Durant scoring only 27 points in the face off between the league’s two leading scorers, Carmelo now holds the lead in the race for the scoring title.
Season Series Win:
With a victory over the Miami Heat on Tuesday, the Knicks clinched the win in the season series against the defending world champions.
It was the first time in five seasons since they won the season series against the Heat, and it will undoubtedly give them a psychological boost if the two teams get together in the playoffs.
The Knicks inched closer to full strength, as All-Star center Tyson Chandler made his return from a neck injury that caused him to miss ten straight games.
After contributing very little while playing with reduced minutes in his first two games back, Chandler had a strong performance against the Bucks on Friday night, with ten rebounds and six points in 37 minutes of play.
He followed up Friday’s game with 15 points, two blocks, and five rebounds in the Knicks’ win on Sunday.
The Knicks play four times–twice on the road–in the next seven days as they get closer and closer to the playoffs.