The game didn’t start off great and it looked as though the Cavs would join the growing list of sub .500 teams who were able to come into the Garden and beat the Knicks.
Thankfully, the Knicks weren’t having that. They came out strong in the second half and once they took the lead with a couple of minutes left in the third quarter, they never relinquished it.
The number seventeen had a significant role in the game. The Knicks were down by as many as 17 points at one point, they ended up winning the game by 17 and Steve Novak came off the bench to score 17. Oh and the Knicks outscored the Cavs 71-42 in the second half and 71 is 17 backwards. SPOOKY!
Novak was discount triple checking all over the place in the third and fourth quarters. The crowd was even chanting for him to come back into the game when he was on the bench late in the game.
Carmelo Anthony led the team with 22 points, Jeremy Lin finished with 19 points, 13 assists and only committed one turnover. Tyson Chandler finished with 13 points and 15 recounds.
The Knicks finished the month 10-5. It’s their first 10-win February since the 1996-1997 season.
With tonight’s win and Philadelphia’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Knicks are now only three games back from the lead in the Atlantic Division.