Knicks Preview: Keys to Defeating the Houston Rockets

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Nov 15, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Langston Galloway (2) drives past New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. New York Knicks won 95-87. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

4. The Second Unit

When the second unit is clicking, the New York Knicks are tough to beat. There isn’t a household name, a recognized standout or a favorite for Sixth Man of the Year, but the depth is undeniable.

The common theme during New York’s three-game winning streak: someone has stepped up off the bench.

Against the New Orleans Pelicans, Langston Galloway scored 15 points and Kevin Seraphin had 12. Matched up with the Charlotte Hornets, Seraphin tallied 10 points and Galloway put up nine with five assists, including three key 3-point field goals.

In the most recent outing, a 93-90 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Lance Thomas put up 12 points, Derrick Williams scored nine, and Galloway recorded five steals.

There may not always be a balanced effort, but when New York wins, someone steps up. Galloway is the most common name, but he needs a partner in stabilizing the attack.

If New York gets that against Houston, it can move to 8-6.

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