Knicks keep rolling, beat the struggling New Jersey Nets
The New York Knicks have been rolling on all cylinders since head coach Mike Woodson took over, and they did not slow down Wednesday tonight, beating the lowly New Jersey Nets 104-95.
The win means that the Knicks have won 15 out of their last 20 games, and that they are now only three games behind Orlando for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference standings, and a full one game up on the Philadelphia 76ers.
Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony had another monstrous game, scoring 21 points in the first quarter alone, and finishing with 33 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists on 11-21 shooting.
“I don’t think I’ve felt like this in a while,” Anthony said. Just feeling good about myself, feeling good about my body, where I’m at, physically, where I’m at. Mentally, everything is just clear. I have a lot of clarity right now. Everything is just fun.”
After receiving MVP chants in the Nets arena during the game, Melo played it off when asked about it after the game.
“It felt good, but I’m not the MVP,” Anthony said. It felt good, though, just to be here in Jersey, on the road, just to see all those Knicks uniforms in the stands, the Knicks fans out there. It was a great Knicks atmosphere out there tonight.”
The Nets, playing without starting point guard Deron Williams struggled defensively and offensively all night. Gerald Wallace scored 21 points on 7-14 from the field, but it was not enough.
The Nets continue their dismal season Saturday when they play Milwaukee on the road, while the Knicks look to keep rolling when they play Cleveland on Friday.