Record rebounding from Chandler pushes Knicks past Pistons
It has been quite the recent turnaround for Knicks center Tyson Chandler, whose output rebounding output looked to be flagging near the end of last month.
Chandler’s third straight game with at least 20 rebounds or more helped lead the way for the Knicks to nudge their winning streak out to five games with an easy 99-85 victory over the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden on Monday.
In pulling down exactly 20 boards for third time in four days, Chandler joined rarefied air: no Knick has enjoyed such a streak since Willis Reed turned the trick in his epic 1969-1970 campaign, in which he was eventually named league MVP, All-Star game MVP and Finals MVP.
“Whenever you’re mentioned in the same breath or you’re able to accomplish all the records that [Reed] has, it’s a tall task,” Chandler said to ESPN’s Ian Begley.
Carmelo Anthony paced the Knicks, who sprinted out to halftime lead of at least 20 points for the second straight game, with 27 points on 10-17 shooting, but even Anthony readily ceded the spotlight to his teammate, especially since San Francisco-area native Chandler did his post-game interview wearing a Baltimore Ravens hat after he lost a Super Bowl bet with Anthony.
“That made my day,” Anthony told the New York Daily News. “You just don’t know. It made my day.”
He was talking about the hat. But as far as Knicks fans are concerned, he could just as easily have been talking about the game.