The New York Knicks brought their talents to Boston and got a much needed road victory. Will they make it two in a row tonight?
With the odds stacked against them, the New York Knicks came out and put together the best team performance of the season on Jan. 18. New York defeated the Boston Celtics 117-106 at TD Garden.
On a night where Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah didn’t play and Carmelo Anthony shot 5-of-14 for 13 points, the Knicks mustered up a gutsy victory against a playoff-caliber team.
Unfortunately, I predicted that the Knicks would fall short in Boston. However, I alluded to the fact that the Knicks can go out and show opposing teams that they are willing to battle and defend for a full 48 minutes.
Last night, the Knicks did just that.
The Knicks’ bench scored 55 points and the team as a whole had 27 assists. With that type of production, the Knicks will be hard to beat every night.
Mindaugas Kuzminskas had 17 points, six rebounds, and two assists in 29 minutes. Willy Hernangomez had 17 points, 11 rebounds, and a +/- of +9 in just 20 minutes of play.
Courtney Lee had nine points, eight rebounds, and seven assists in 38 minutes off the bench. Brandon Jennings poured in 11 points, four rebounds, and five assists in 27 minutes.
Derrick Rose had arguably his best performance of the season, tying his season high with 30 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, two blocks, and two steals in 33 minutes.
Hopefully Rose is right and this road win sparks some momentum and confidence in the Knicks. One thing is becoming clear: the Knicks are winning without Noah.
Last night’s game proved that Hernangomez should be playing more minutes.