[sny-box]The Least You Should Know
Amare Stoudemire played like vintage Stat tonight, totaling 21 points to along with 5 rebounds. His scoring resembled his past All Star caliber style that included post moves and several monster slams, including an electrifying put back dunk.
J.R. Smith returned to action tonight in the 2nd quarter, and enabled the offense with assists and scoring. His decision making in regards to shooting and passing was on point.
Carmelo Anthony did a bit of everything tonight, tallying 18 points, 9 rebounds and a season high 7 assists.
Iman Shumpert led the way on defense with 4 steals to go along with 7 rebounds and 7 points.
The Knicks were previously 1-4 in their own division this season, and have now won 4 out of the last 5 games.
The Knicks won this game early, going up big in the 2nd quarter and expanding the lead in the 3rd. The 76ers looked completely outclassed by the Knicks who ran a balanced offense all night.
Amare Stoudemire really stole the show. He scored 21 points in 22 minutes, going 8 for 10 from the floor. His dominant play in the post was back and just like in the game against the Heat, he was unstoppable when catching the ball near the rim. He added 5 rebounds and was the Knicks leading scorer.
Another key in this game was J.R. Smith's return. After sitting out against the Heat, he came in as the 3rd shooting guard, not playing until deep in the first half. He backed up Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. but played great. He had an efficient 14 points, going 5 for 8 and adding 6 assists. It was nice to have him back and he played a very team oriented game.
Overall, this was another great win for the Knicks. They aren't winning because Carmelo Anthony is scoring 40 points. They are running a balanced attack, playing great defense and passing the ball more than at any point this season. Raymond Felton's return is a huge part of this but other guys are getting in on the passing action. Anthony (7 ast), Smith (6 ast) and Andrea Bargnani (3 ast) all added nice passes throughout the game.
The Knicks look to continue their winning ways on Monday when they take on the Phoenix Suns at 7:30pm