Carmelo Anthony continued his scoring ways, following his 62-point effort Friday night, and the 35 points he had on Sunday; Anthony had 24 on Tuesday night, despite only playing 28 minutes.
Four other Knicks, Tyson Chandler, J.R. Smith, Jeremy Tyler and Tim Hardaway Jr., joined Anthony in double figures as a part of the Knicks’ 114-point effort.
The bad news coming out of this one revolves around Iman Shumpert. He left the game in the first quarter with a shoulder injury. He did not return, and it was announced that he had suffered a sprained right shoulder. If Shumpert has to miss significant time, it would certainly hurt the streaking Knicks. However, with the improving play of Smith and Hardaway, the Knicks could certainly keep their heads above water in his absence.
The Knicks’ offense is red-hot right now, and tonight they showed what their defense could do when they are at their best.
The effort they showed tonight is one they must sustain in their next two games, against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat. Both of those games will take place at Madison Square Garden, and the Knicks must begin to own their home court if they want to have a run into the playoffs.
The Knicks had a horrible start to this season, but if Anthony continues playing at this high level, they can climb back into contention and wipe all those negative feelings away.