The New York Knicks improved to 28-15, as they easily took care of the Orlando Magic, beating them 113-97.
Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points to set a team record with his 30th straight 20-point game, but unlike most other nights, Anthony was not the main story behind the win.
For whoever thought that the return of Amar’e Stoudemire would ruin any chemistry, or flow the Knicks had, was clearly wrong, well, at least tonight they were.
The main story is the Knicks’ big men.
Stoudemire had his best game yet of the season, and looked like the Amar’e of old. He was accurate, shooting 7-of-7 for 14 points. That’s 37 of his last 57 shots. Stoudemire has returned determined to prove doubters wrong, he returned healed and with fresh legs.
Tyson Chandler was the lead scorer, leading the Knicks with 21 points, shooting 10-of-11, and had seven rebounds and five assists. The big men with ‘Melo worked well, and look at the outcome.
If Anthony, Chandler and Stoudemire can co-exist, mixed in with Iman Shumpert, Raymond Felton, J.R. Smith, and the depth the Knicks now have on the bench, just imagine the possibilities for the Knicks.
The only concern that they need to work on is their perimeter defense. They allowed a struggling Magic team to shoot 62 percent from the field, and score 31 points in the first quarter.