The Knicks crushed the Nets by 30 on Thursday night, and they showed flashed of being back to what made them good last season. They hit a season-high in 3-pointers, and if their offense can click like that, watch out.
They were right back at it on Friday night at home, where they had lost seven straight games. The Knicks kept their hot offense going, hitting 17 three pointers on 34 attempts (50%), and that set a new season-high for threes, topping Thurday’s effort. Carmelo was efficient again, scoring 20 points on 6 of 10 shooting, and he added 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Andrea Bargnani and J.R. Smith had 17 each, and the Knicks looked like the team they did last year.
The game within five points at halftime, but the Knicks looked sharp on defense, holding the Magic to just 15 points in the third quarter. It would be more of the same, as they scored just 14 in the fourth, and would have just 29 second half points. The Knicks outscored the Magic 62-29 in the second half, and came out with the 121-83 win. We will see if they can keep this up.