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Doin’ It All: Carmelo’s Second Career Triple-Double Leads Knicks Over Big Win Against Celtics
- Updated: April 17, 2012
On December 25th, the Knicks played the Celtics in the first NBA game of the shortened lockout season, Knicks won, 108-106. Since then, the Knicks have gone through more peaks and valleys than any other team in the NBA, but now with new head coach Mike Woodson, the Knicks have played some serious basketball.
With Amar’e Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin still out, Carmelo has been the hottest hand on the team, and perhaps the league. He posted his second career triple-double with 35 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists, but his main opponent, Paul Pierce, had 43 points himself.
Not all credit goes to Carmelo though as it was a complete team effort by the Knicks tonight. They hit an NBA record ten three pointers in the second quarter, and J.R. Smith along with the NBA’s “best shooter” (according to Charles Barkley) Steve Novak had 25 points each.
With the win, the Knicks have a full game lead at the 7th seed over the Sixers who lost to the Pacers tonight, and move only 3 1/2 games behind Boston for the division title.
More good news for the Knicks as Stoudemire’s return is anticipated this week, maybe as early as Wednesday when the Knicks play the Nets. As one of the NBA’s hottest teams, with arguably the NBA’s hottest player in Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks could certainly be a threat in the 2012 playoffs. One step at a time though, as the entire team re-iterated that they will take it “one step at a time”.
Slowly but surely, the Knicks are making the right steps, especially since Woodson took over. He has a 7-4 record against teams with winning records and has the Knicks playing smart and energetic basketball.
Of course, as the Knicks would tell you, the best basketball, is basketball taken a game at a time, so with that being said, the Celtics go on to face the Orlando Magic Wednesday night, and the Knicks play host to the New Jersey Nets.