With a much improved defense and a consistent 3-point game, the Knicks edged the woeful Charlotte Bobcats last night by a score of 97-93, thanks to six 3-pointers in the final quarter of the game.
While the win over the Bobcats means nothing, after all, who hasn’t beaten the Bobcats, the victory is their 11th in 16 games. Even more impressively, the Knicks held their opponent to under 100-points for the 13th time in their last 15 games.
The Knicks used just eight players last night with Wilson Chandler staying on the court for almost the entire time while he scored 27 points and added seven rebounds and six assists.
David Lee and Jim Jeffries were on the court for most of the action as well as Lee scored 22 points and brought down seven rebounds while Jeffries continued his solid defensive play and brought down 10 rebounds.
Danillo Gallinari, the Knicks’ Italian 3-point wizard added five three pointers to the teams’ total of 12 overall.
The Knicks have been a much improved team over the past month or so as coach Mike D’Antoni’s system FINALLY seems to be working out for the usually hapless team.
The Knicks’ next two games are against the Houston Rockets on Saturday and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday, two pretty solid teams.
Could the Knicks really be a contender this year? Only time will tell but this is a team that has gone from a 4-15 record to a 15-20 record in the span of a month.