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This was a gravy game for the Knicks, I’m not sure anybody expected them to come into Oklahoma City and beat the Thunder. But they have and now consequently have won twelve games in a row. They continue to play their best basketball of the season. This game didn’t disappoint either, the Knicks got a lead in the first quarter and were able to hold it till the fourth. Then it was simply back and forth between the two teams. The fact that they Knicks are able to go bucket for bucket with undoubtedly one of the best teams in the league shows how much they’ve changed from that awful west road trip. They are at pretty much full strength, even though they were playing without Kenyon Martin in this one. Tyson Chandler was huge, doing what he’s done all season, by being the force down low on defense and tipping out rebounds on offense for extra possessions. The key thing to take away from this game though was the Knicks efficiency on offense. They average the lowest amount of turnovers per game in the league, its part of the reason why they have played so good lately. They’re getting the most out of their possessions, and they certainly did that today with just six turnovers in the game. If you play good defense and don’t turn the ball over your going to get more out of your offense just on the fact that your getting more shots than the opposing team. J.R. Smith was huge down the stretch knocking down some big shots late in the fourth. One came when Raymond Felton had driven in the lane and gotten himself into some trouble but then was able to flick the ball out to Smith as he was falling down. J.R. was about five feet back from the three point line but nonetheless hit the shot and that was just demoralizing for the Thunder. It might have been the real difference in the game because the Knicks had serious problems with Russell Westbrook throughout. The Knicks are streaking right now and this win over the Thunder in their house must have only increased their confidence by that much more.
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