[sny-box]The Least You Should Know
Carmelo Anthony and Tim Hardaway Jr. lead the way with 29 points each.
JR Smith added 19 points, including a SICK crossover and three INCREDIBLE dunks.
Raymond Felton had 12 points and 9 assists.
Kyrie Irving had 24 points for the Cavs.[/sny-box]
If it wasn't safe to say the past three wins were a result of Bargnani being out, I think it is now. The team we saw tonight looked like last season's Knicks, including good JR.
Carmelo Anthony at the 4 allowed him space to dominate in the post against slower guys and allowed open 3's the rest of the team, which they often converted going 12-for-26.
Good JR hasn't made too many appearances for the Knicks this season, but he was in the Garden for this game. He was 8-for-16 from the field with only 5 of those attempts coming from behind the 3-point line. Melo said the difference for him lately has been health, but I also see a renewed focus on the court since his benching (AKA not attempting to untie shoes).
Tim Hardaway Jr. was a joy to watch as he poured in a career-high 29 points. He was simply on fire from behind the arch and showed maturity beyond his years by taking all good shots. Meanwhile, #1 pick Anthony Bennett was on the other end getting crossed up by JR.
And Raymond Felton was +33, the highest +/- on the team. Considering how he had gotten burned in the past against point guards like Kyrie Irving, it was good to see the bulldog limit Uncle Drew to an average game. The 9 assists were just gravy on top of that.