The Knicks continued their excellent play of late, stringing together three straight double-digit victories over the Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, and Sacramento Kings, en route to a perfect 3-0 week.
The wins extend the Knicks’ current winning streak to four games, their longest such streak since mid-December. New York (30-15) stands just one half game behind the Miami Heat for first in the Eastern Conference.
Ask an NBA champion what it takes to win the NBA Finals and he will likely tell you that two things are most important: defense and rebounding. The Knicks did both well this week.
New York allowed just 88 points per game–a point and a half better than the Grizzlies’ league leading 89.5 opponent points per game for the season–and had a rebounding differential of +37 in the three wins.
Big men shine:
Many questioned whether Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler could complement each other well enough for the Knicks to succeed.
Well, they have done more than that, proving that–along with Carmelo Anthony–they make the league’s best frontcourt.
Tyson Chandler had 21 points on 10 of 11 shooting in Wednesday night’s victory over Orlando, and followed that up with two straight 20-rebound games.
Amar’e Stoudemire, on the other hand, shot over 81 percent from the field (22 for 27) to go along with 17.3 points per game in just 22 minutes per game.
Home sweet home:
After appearing to lose their edge at home, the Knicks have now won four straight home games to improve to 18-6 on the season at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks finish up their home stand against the Detroit Pistons on Monday night, before finishing the week with road games against the Washington Wizards and Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday and Friday, respectively.
Michael Burke @michaelburke47 – Knickswag Contributor
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