Carmelo Anthony is a great player because he never quits on his team. On Wednesday night, Anthony led the New York Knicks to a very important Eastern Conference victory against the Indiana Pacers, improving their record to 28-40.
New York is currently in ninth place in the East, and doing their best to make a last season push towards the playoffs. In their 92-86 victory, the Knicks completely dominated the Pacers. New York controlled the tempo of the game throughout all four quarters; the Pacers’ only lead was 9-8 early in the first quarter.
Carmelo came up with a huge performance on Wednesday. He had 34 points, five assists, three rebounds and three steals. Even through of all the Knicks’ hard times this season, Anthony continues to produce at high levels. He also has shown the utmost professionalism, refusing to never give up on New York this season.
Against the Pacers, the Knicks’ defense proved itself worthy of a playoff spot. The team held Paul George to only 17 points, five less than his average. New York did a great job defending George all night long, as their defense held him to only 4-for-17 from field goal range. They also held the Pacers to only 42 percent from field goal range and 21 percent from behind the arc.
George was not the only Pacer the Knicks were able to shut down. Against a more dominating rebounding team, the Knicks were able to win the rebounding matchup. New York shut down Roy Hibbert on Wednesday night, as he only grabbed three boards.
New York introduced Phil Jackson as the new team president recently. This was his first game with the Knicks, and he has to be happy with New York’s win. The Knicks are continuing to improve team chemistry, and Amar’e Stoudemire is producing the more he plays. If the Knicks keep this up, they have a strong chance at grabbing the eighth seed.