The Least You Should Know
[sny-box]Iman Shumpert led the Knicks in scoring with 18 points on an impressive 7 for 7 from the field and 3 for 3 from behind the arc.
Carmelo Anthony and Andrea Bargnani played a ton of minutes together and each assisted on the others first points of the game in the 1st quarter. Anthony tied Beno Udrih for the team lead with 4 assists.
Metta World-Peace, Beno Udrih and Tim Hardaway Jr. made their debut for the Knicks and each looked very dynamic on both sides of the ball. World-Peace took a surprisingly high number of shots, finishing the game with 13 points, 4 rebounds and a 3 pointer.
The most surprising player was Cole Aldrich who played a very strong game with 5 boards in his 17 minutes.[/sny-box]
This game actually got very close after the Knicks blew a huge lead with the starters all resting deep in the 4th quarter. Tim Hardaway Jr. hit a big shot off of an inbound with eight seconds to go which ended up being the game winner.
The real story tonight was Iman Shumpert. He had a big game, not missing a single shot, leading the team with 18 points. He added 3 assists and 3 rebounds as he looks to lock up his starting shooting guard spot. The interesting thing about Shumpert's performance was that it came in direct contradiction to Mike Woodson's pre-game comments that the third year guard was not in playing shape yet.
The other thing that was nice to see in this game was the clear chemistry between Carmelo Anthony and Andrea Bargnani. The two played a large percentage of their minutes together and passed to each other early and often. If this can continue, the Knicks will have a formidable offensive front court.
The Knicks continue the pre-season on Friday night, taking on the Toronto Raptors in Toronto.