Originally written on Knickswag  |  Last updated 11/18/14
By, Max Marcilla – Knickswag Contributor Earlier in the day the Knicks received horrible news. Amar’e Stoudemire, who has been producing nicely off the bench, is in need of surgery on his right knee and will be out at least 6 weeks. On top of that, the team was also informed that leading scorer Carmelo Anthony would be out for the third straight game with a sore knee. The question was, would the Knicks second unit be able to score the basketball and who would step up in the absence of the superstars? The answer was yes! The Knicks would be able to score the ball. In fact, they scored with ease, dropping 113 points on 51% shooting. What made this feat even more impressive is due to the fact that the scoring was balanced. The Knicks had six players in double digits in points, including two over 20. Offensively, the Knicks had everyone step up. Steve Novak was the star of the game, as he finished with 20 points (a season high) and 4 three-pointers. However, probably the most encouraging part of Novak’s game was his ability to score off the dribble. Another bench player that was just as impressive as Novak was J.R Smith. Smith finished with 24 points and shot an efficient 10/18 from the field. After Smith scored 36 against Oklahoma City, he has shown his ability to score with the absence of Anthony. However, the offensive success was overshadowed by the outstanding defensive effort New York showed. The Knicks held Utah to 39% from the field, including 30% from beyond the arc. The defensive success could be attributed to the switches and defensive schemes that the Knicks played to perfection tonight. Kenyon Martin once again showed his athleticism and ability to take over the paint. This was the 2nd straight game for Martin where he has gotten minutes in the double digits, and thrived in his playing time. With the injury to Stoudemire, Martin will most likely be the player to fill in his role. Furthermore, it is hard to single out any other Knicks, as all of them played great defensively. Steve Novak is starting to play better defense without fouling, Tyson Chandler is blocking anything that comes his way, as he is averaging 1.8 blocks in his last 10 and once again, Iman Shumpert is looking explosive on defense. Overall, tonight was one of the best nights of the year for the Knicks, as they showed their potential, even without STAT and Melo. This is a great game to build off of, especially if Melo is out for more time. The post Knicks Dominate Jazz Without Anthony, Stoudemire appeared first on Knickswag - A New York Knicks Blog - News, Rumors, and more!.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Wolves trade Corey Brewer to the Rockets

Yankees trade Prado to Marlins for Eovaldi in 5-player deal

Brandon Browner fined $8K for throwing Brandon Gibson to turf

Report: Sharper, NFLers called spiked drinks 'horny juice'

Rex Ryan: My wife could coach Tom Brady

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jim Harbaugh won in laser tag by 'hunting' 10-year-old kid

Eddie Lacy is ‘very blind,’ refuses to wear goggles

Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI, gets probation

NFL scouts not in love with Amari Cooper?

Report: No teams interested in trading for Lance Stephenson

It is not Chip Kelly's fault if Eagles miss playoffs

Video: Grizzlies buy car for assistant who had his stolen

Video: LeBron takes pass to the face from Dion Waiters

New video of Ray Rice incident emerges

President Obama calls James Franco “James Flacco”

NBA games of the weekend: Rondo's Dallas debut, Bulls-Grizz

Tuscaloosa students will have two days off if Bama plays in National Championship

Brady scares the **** out of his teammates celebrating

Longhorn Network’s yule log? Five hours of BEVO

Will a Chiefs WR finally catch a TD in Week 16?

Jon Lester and the Cubs

The Toronto Raptors reveal their new logo

Things Johnny Manziel, Browns can do to avoid a bad repeat

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Jon Lester and the Cubs

Report: NFL players used 'horny juice'

Top 10 worst NBA related commercials of all-time

Phelps gets probation for DUI

NFL coaches on hot seat in Week 16

The Roy Williams-Terrell Owens horse collar turns 10

Most underpaid NFL players in 2014

Gronk jokes about Brady compliment

In Matt Kemp, did the Dodgers find a pigeon in Padres?

Why the Saints are legit playoff threat

Impact of U.S.-Cuba relations on MLB

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.