NY Knicks: Why 7th Straight Win vs Hornets is Best of Streak

NY Knicks (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
NY Knicks (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) /
2 of 4
NY Knicks
NY Knicks (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /

The NY Knicks stay competitive through every game

I think I can speak for most Knicks fans when I say the first-half display was concerning at the very least. Every PJ Washington three-pointer was a draining sight.

However, the Knicks themselves certainly weren’t fazed by Charlotte’s offensive onslaught.

We briefly mentioned that the Knicks held their own in the first and second quarter, being just as great on offense as their opponent despite their best players coming up short, and it didn’t end there…

New York stayed hot, scoring 31 points in the third quarter after scoring 30 in each of the prior quarter as well.

While the offense continued to percolate, the defense was locked in with Nerlens Noel leading the charge. The Knicks gave up only 16 points in the third quarter. It then translated to the fourth, where they allowed 15.

Charlotte proved tonight that despite being short-handed, they are still a team that can be competitive. But, it was the Knicks who didn’t just prove that they can stay competitive themselves, but they proved that they can take over a game they had given up control of to a degree.

Tom Thibodeau made defensive adjustments that the Knicks executed perfectly, which was much more like the team we’ve become accustomed to.

The first half struggles wound up being a non-factor by the game’s end. The Knicks grabbed the steering wheel with both hands, and they were able to do so in part also because of a certain player who took over.