The Knicks came out flat early on, and it was ugly. At the beginning, the Knicks defense forgot to show up for the game as they allowed Cleveland to hit 22 of their first 27 shots. The team was down at one point by 22 points, but they fought back to take over the game and beat the Cavs, 102-97.
There was a little scare with their star forward when he left the game with a knee injury. The Knicks were down 52-30 in the second quarter when Carmelo Anthony caught a pass near midcourt then suddenly dropped to the floor. Scary moment. Anthony said that his knee has been bothering him the past few weeks but when he underwent an MRI, the results came back negative.
With Anthony out, coach Mike Woodson had no choice but to play Amar’e Stoudemire longer than he wanted to. Stoudemire scored 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting, while J.R. Smith added 18 points. The Knicks got a huge lift from their bench and Steve Novak. Novak added 15 points, and made three of the Knicks’ seven three-pointers in the fourth quarter, while Jason Kidd, for the secon straight game, shot well. Kidd finished the game with 12 points, going 3-of-5 from beyhond the arc.
The come-from-behind win was impressive because the visiting Knicks did it sans Anthony. The Knicks got back in the game before halftime, cutting the Cavs lead to only nine due to a 17-4 run. The comeback was a complete team effort, as they buckled down on defense, and moved the ball well.
The Knicks face the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, which may be manageable without Anthony. But what about beyond that? Stoudemire may not be able to carry the Knicks if Anthony were to miss some time. If that were to happen, the Knicks are in trouble.