New York Knicks Show Flashes Of Last Season As They Make Playoff Push

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They aren’t done yet.

The New York Knicks played what was probably their best game of the season against the Minnesota Timberwolves. It started with a 38 point outburst in the first quarter, which hasn’t been an aberration for the Knicks, as they also got off to a fast start in Detroit as well and surrendered the lead later in the game.

The difference between those two games was the production of Raymond Felton and JR Smith. In this game, those two combined to go 11-19 and combined for 32 points. Felton dropped eight assists to only two turnovers, and JR hit two three-pointers.

The Knicks of last year had an identity of nailing three-pointers at a historic rate, but that three-point percentage has dropped off this season, with Felton and JR Smith having down years from three and the departure of Steve Novak and other three-point specialists. The Knicks combined to his 11 threes in this game, and although they took 27, the 11 that they made were at key points in the game, as they never gave up the lead.

The Timberwolves made a run in the middle of the third quarter, which made most Knicks fans think, “here we go again,” as the defense started to collapse and Ricky Rubio started carving the Knicks inside. However, for much of the case last year, the Knicks had the bend but don’t break mentality as they never surrendered the lead.

Carmelo Anthony had his usual game scoring wise, but also had five assists. When Anthony has more than three assists, the Knicks usually win. This is only one win, but the Knicks desperately needed to get back on track, and this might trigger a run by them in a stretch of winnable games.

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