The New York Knicks are on a winning streak.
That sentence may not mean much on the surface, but after the Knicks lost 6 straight games including 13 of their last 15, New York winning back-to-back contests is headline news, and they got their second straight victory in a 108-81 blowout of the Utah Jazz on Saturday night. It was the New York offense that headed the way toward the win, and as usual, they were paced by their best player.
Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 29 points on 10 for 19 shooting, and he added three triples and a very encouraging 8 assists for good measure. Anthony needed only 32 minutes of court time to get his numbers (he sat for much of the second half), and it was a masterful all-court effort from the sometimes streaky shooter. In support of Anthony, Tyson Chandler had one of his better games of the year with 16 points and 11 rebounds in just 23 minutes, and even JR Smith had a nice night with 17 points on only 13 field goal attempts.
The New York defense, for a change, was also quite effective. The visiting Jazz shot only 41% from the field and 22% beyond the arc, and with that, only Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks (both scored 18 points on 6-8 FG) had above-average nights for Utah.
With the win, the Knicks are still very much looking up at the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff proceedings, but at the very least, they are playing better basketball.