Knicks’ Streak Falls in OT Thriller in Chicago
With an 118-111 loss, the Knicks suffer defeat for the first time in their last 14 games. Though the streak may be over, the Knicks still sit comfortably in second place in the East. Carmelo Anthony continued his streak of at least 35 points for the 6th straight game and has solidified the Knicks as the top threat to the Heat in the East.
The Bulls seem to have a knack for ending win streaks on their home floor. Two weeks ago, Miami strolled into Chicago looking to extend their record seeking streak to 28. The Bulls were up to the test and handed them a tough loss. The Knicks took a smaller win streak into Chicago, but came away with the same result.
Coming into the game, the Knicks knew they were up for a test. Tyson Chandler (neck) and Kenyon Martin (ankle), the Knicks only big men, would be forced to sit out of the game. Lacking a true center, the Knicks expected Chicago to take advantage on the boards.
The Knicks were on fire to start the game, getting out to a 23-6 lead. The Bulls answered the run, climbing to within 7 to end the first quarter. During the quarter, J.R. Smith hit a 3 pointer, giving the Knicks the record for most 3's hit in a single season. New York has relied on the 3-ball all year, but have been consistent in making their shots.
The Knicks played good basketball for much of the second and third quarter. Though Chicago cut the lead to 2 late in the second, the Knicks found a way to respond time after time. The Bulls took the lead with 10:25 to go in the fourth, remaining in control for most of the quarter. They received a major boost from backup PG Nate Robinson, who finished with 35 points. Robinson surely had it out for his former team on this night.
The Knicks pushed the Bulls to OT but Robinson proved too quick for Knicks' guards Jason Kidd and Raymond Felton. Carmelo Anthony had another MVP effort, putting up 36 points and 19 rebounds. We all know Melo can score, but when relied upon for his rebounding as well, he proved he's an all-around star. Still in the lead for the scoring title, Melo should be taking home some big awards this season.
The Knicks are having an incredible season by all accounts. They've already reached 51 wins and have clinched the Atlantic division. The next step for New York is to clinch the second spot in the East, ensuring home court until the Conference Finals. With Chandler and Martin out again Friday, the Knicks will take on Cleveland with a chance to clinch. With a win by the Knicks during their Sunday showdown with the Indiana Pacers, the Knicks could gain momentum heading into the postseason.
The Knicks' up and down season has been a rollercoaster ride for fans as well. It's not sure when and where their season will end, but they have big expectations for the playoffs. With the question currently in everyone's minds, were asking you Binghamton: How far can the Knicks go?