Let me start this post by saying that keeping track of a basketball game on Twitter, on a phone, in a nursing home while eating and opening Christmas presents is really frustrating.
It got sweaty at the end and the Knicks actually blew a double digit lead but thankfully, so did the Celtics.
Carmelo Anthony carried the team, finishing with 37 points, eight rebounds and was 10-17 from the floor. Another stat of note: he was 13-15 from the free throw line, including the two shots he made to put the Knicks up for good in the waning moments of the game. Amare Stoudemire added 21 points and Toney Douglas had 19.
The Knicks who led by 17 in the first half, found themselves trailing by 10 in the fourth quarter, but then the miracle happened. They came back, pulled ahead AND they were able to pull out a Christmas victory against the much hated – by me – Boston Celtics.
Rajon Rondo had 31 points and 13 assists and almost led the Celtics – who were without Paul Pierce – to a victory. But thankfully, Kevin Garnett took the last shot, missed it and the Knicks won!
As I was following along on Twitter, Knicks fans were all tweeting “KEEP IT AWAY FROM RONDO!!!!!!!” Let me tell you, being in a place with no wifi or a TV was total torture. I kept hitting refresh and at the same time, flashing back to Rondo making a last second shot against the Knicks last season. I really don’t need my heart beating out of my chest on December 25. I’m getting too old for that kind of stuff.
And just in case you missed any of the action, here are the highlights!
Yes, I know it’s only one game but anytime the Knicks can beat the Celtics, it’s a good thing.
Happy Cinco de Mayo!! It’s been slow going news-wise in Knickland until yesterday when it was revealed that Toney Douglas had been playing with a torn labrum all season. Amazing. Here are some news links for you to peruse while you drink your Coronas!
Toney Douglas Has Arthroscopic Surgery to Repair Tear In His Shooting Shoulder – New York Daily News
Carmelo Anthony finished with 31 points and 11 rebounds, Amar’e Stoudemire scored 18 points and your New York Knicks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 97-92 to move into sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
The Knicks blew a 19-point lead and were trailing by one late in the fourth quarter. In mid-March, they probably would have lost this game but the climactic scene in this story was different. Instead of letting the Sixers take the lead and keep it, the Knicks fought back. Toney Douglas nailed a 3-pointer with 1:47 left in the game and put them ahead for good 90-88. He also knocked down two free throws with :42 left. After the Knicks scored two to make it 92-88, Andre Iguodala pulled the Sixers within one with his first 3-pointer of the game. For a brief moment Knicks fans were ready to form a prayer circle, that is until Carmelo Anthony delivered with a big-time 3-pointer and gave the Knicks a 95-91 lead.
Elton Brand led the Sixers with 24 points, nine rebounds and two assists.
Some bad news: Chauncey Billups was injured again late the third quarter, a bruised right thigh. Amar’e Stoudemire also injured his ankle in the fourth quarter. The late word was that he would sit out Friday’s contest with the New Jersey Nets.
After an abysmal March, the Knicks have won five in a row, are 40-38 and now are in line to match up with third place Miami in the playoffs. That is if the playoffs started today which, of course, they don’t. So we’ll have to wait and see how the Knicks finish the regular season. Right now, things are looking good.
Don’t look now New York Knickerbocker fans but the 131-118 win over the Toronto Raptors tonight and the Philadelphia Sixers’ 99-82 loss to the Boston Celtics inched the Knicks closer to the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference. I know, right?! They’re now sitting just a half game back of the Sixers and guess who they play next? You guessed it, the Sixers and not only that, the Knicks have now won four games in a row.
Toney Douglas led the Knicks with 28 points both Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire added 23 in the rout at the Garden. The Knicks were in control all night, scored a season high 78 points in the first half and they shot 58 percent from the field for the game.
With this victory, the Knicks are now above .500 once again with a 39-38 record.
Three was the magic number for the Knicks tonight. They snapped a three game losing streak and set a team record in three pointers in a 120-99 over the Memphis Grizzles at the Garden. Toney Douglas led the three point barrage against hitting nine shots from three point range and tying a record held by John Starks and Latrell Sprewell. He finished with 29 points.
Carmelo Anthony added 28 points and the Knicks as a team shot 52% overall and were 18 of 21 from the free-throw line.
Mike Conley scored 16 points for the Grizzlies.
Next up the Knicks face the Detroit Pistons tomorrow night at the Palace at Auburn Hills.