The New York Knicks came into their rivalry game with the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night with the second worst record in the Eastern Conference and, more depressingly, the NBA. They sat at a meager 3-13 and, for almost the entirety of the still young 2013-14 season, have looked like a shell of the 54-win team that they were last season.
New York’s defense has certainly been undesirable to start the season, but they weren’t exactly a brick wall last season either. The biggest issue this year has been the fact that their offense has taken a huge step back in comparison to last season.
On Thursday night, though, the Knicks looked more like the team that was one of the top seeds in the East last season. On their way to putting up 113 points on Brooklyn and winning by 30 points, the Knicks were able to put together an efficient, smooth, and respectable offensive game for the first time in quite a while.
New York had six players score in double figures while all 13 players that touched the floor scored at least two points for the Knicks. More impressive was the fact that the Knicks shot 57.1 percent from the field, shot a blazing 59.3 percent from three, and turned the ball over only 12 times.
Coming into this game, the Knicks were averaging just 99 points per 100 possessions, the eighth worst rate in the league. They were able to come out on Thursday against their in-city rivals, though, and completely dominate at a level they haven’t really been at all season until now. Granted, the Nets’ defense, which ranks last in the NBA in defensive efficiency, probably had something to do with New York’s success, but perhaps the Knicks can use this heated win to get on the right track and salvage this season. Most importantly, maybe this win will kick-start their team so they aren’t having to end nine-game losing streaks any more this year.