[sny-box]The Least You Should Know
The Knicks were up huge in this game early. They let a 25 point lead early in the 3rd quarter slip away and ended up winning a close game.
Carmelo Anthony led the team in scoring with 19, despite leaving in the 3rd quarter with ankle injury. Raymond Felton also left the game with a leg injury. Stay tuned to TKB for more information as it becomes available.
Tyson Chandler and Iman Shumpert played huge parts in this game on both ends of the ball. Chandler had a few momentum swinging jams and Shumpert played excellent defense in the 4th.
The Knicks once again had a hard time containing opposing guards as Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo combined for 43 points.[/sny-box]
There are a number of key story lines that will come out of tonights game. From a momentum perspective, a win is a win. Unlike the "win" against the Bucks last week, this game felt like a hard earned win. After getting up huge early, the Knicks held off the storming Magic with some great play late from the reserves.
Carmelo Anthony left the game in the 3rd quarter after scoring 19 points, 9 of them from behind the arc. He was fighting for a rebound when he came down funny on his ankle. He limped around and stayed on the bench for a few minutes before heading to the locker room. This type of injury could obviously have huge repercussions on the team but we'll hold our collective breathe for now.
Raymond Felton returned to the court and had an excellent game before he left in the 4th quarter with an injury. He had 13 points and 4 assist before exiting.
Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith and Tyson Chandler truly were the stars in this game. Smith had an excellent offensive game, making some key shots down the stretch and really taking the pressure off of the rest of the team in Anthony's absence. He also pulled down 10 rebounds and added 2 blocks on defense. Chandler was a monster on both sides of the ball contributing 10 points and 13 rebounds. He drove the teams energy throughout the game, yelling at players who were not hustling up and down the court repeatedly.
Finally, Shumpert had a great bounce back game. He looks much more confident and hopefully can build off of this performance. He had a clutch steal late that allowed him to run the court uncontested and finish with an easy layup. It was a game the Knicks should have won, taking care of business against the much less experienced Magic. They were burned again by the guards but were able to cool Nelson and Affalo off when the game was on the line.
Next up for the Knicks is a Christmas Day matchup at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder at 2:30 p.m.