Knicks Dominate Stoudemire’s Return to Phoenix

I can’t remember the last time I expected a Knicks victory on the west coast before last night. Coming into the game, I would’ve been disappointed if the Knicks lost to the depleted Suns. Last year, I didn’t expect any road victories – even in New Jersey. Last night the Knicks won their eleventh game on the road, matching their total last season.

Felton Recorded His First Career Triple Double

I know that the Knicks have been an offensive powerhouse all season long, but now they’re actually playing some defense. Having only given up 92 points against the Pacers last week and 96 last night, it seems that their defensive efforts have significantly improved. Chandler and Stoudemire have definitely stepped up their game on the opposite side of the ball. Hopefully this effort can continue for the rest of the year because without defense, this team will not go anywhere in the playoffs. As we’ve seen, the Heat and the Celtics play solid defense. The Knicks haven’t since D’Antoni was hired.

This is the main reason why the Knicks aren’t an elite team in the NBA. As for the game last night, Felton and Amare were outstanding. With both scoring 23 points and Felton recording his first triple double, this duo is becoming one of the best in the league. And let’s not forget my man Shawne Williams dropping five threes off the bench! The guy was on fire! It was also good to finally see some of the bench players get some burn at the end of the game. I haven’t seen Andy Rautins and Anthony Randolph play all season. It’s nice to see the main guy in the David Lee trade actually get some small playing time this season. The Knicks take on the Lakers at the Staples Center tomorrow night at 9:30. If the Knicks can beat the Lakers on the road, I’ll start calling this team legit.

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