With Mike D’Antoni gone, the Knicks rout the Trail Blazers 121-79
The New York Knicks routed the Portland Trail Blazers 121-79. In a day filled with trade talks surrounding Carmelo Anthony and Mike D’Antoni resigning the team came out to play and put all that behind them.
Carmelo Anthony tweeted, “Alright, enough with all this trade talk. It’s making me sick to my stomach to hear that I wanna leave NY.”
Anthony seemed to get his shot back early in this game. He only played 24 minutes but had 16 points and seven assists
The Knicks offense came to life. It was an issue during the teams six game losing streak. This game wasn’t close and it allowed the Knicks bench to get some minutes. According to NBA.com, J.R. Smith led the Knicks with 23 points shooting seven-for-14 from three-point range. Steve Novak added 20 off the bench hitting six three-pointers.
According to the New York Times Baron Davis and Jeremy Lin combined for 16 assists. The Knicks needed a game like this after the day’s events. Portland has lost six of eight with their last two wins coming against the New Orleans Hornets and the Washington Wizards.
Jarred Jeffries returned to action after missing four games with a sore right knee. He had four points and four rebounds in his return.
The Knicks start a home-and-home series with the Indiana Pacers on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.