Earlier this weekend, the Knicks earned their 50th win of the season and extended their win-streak another game. They added the Thunder only their sixth loss at home in this high scoring affair, 125-120.
Interestingly enough, althoughThunder scored 20 more fast-break points, 8 more in the paint, and shot 57.7 FG% and 52.9 3% and had 11 blocks, they still managed to lose the game.
Where the Knicks had the Thunder beat was turnovers (6-12), rebounding(19 offensive rebounds to 10, 41-37 overall) and total 3s made(15-9).
This was a game of great importance for both teams.
For the Thunder, this was a good opportunity to inch closer to the Spurs, as they were .5 game behind them for the one seed in the West. However, if the Spurs win tonight, they will be 1.5 games behind.
For the Knicks, they were able to beat the second best team in the league , go up 2.5 games on the Pacers and 6 games on the Nets, and clinch 50 wins for the first time in 13 years. Carmelo Anthony had 36 points, but the most important thing was that he had scoring help from Smith, 22, Felton, 16, Chandler, 15, Kid with 14, and Copeland with 13. The most surprising thing for me was the fact that the Knicks out rebounded the Thunder, when Camby, Thomas, and Martin all did not play because of injuries.
Favorite play of the game:
While as a Knicks fan I was suprised and happy that they won it, I still am not a believer. Is this just a hot streak? Can they sustain this type of play?
But for right now, I am just enjoying the ride.