The hours leading up to tip-off on March 9, 2013 were about as grim as they could be during this past regular season. Carmelo Anthony was already sidelined with a sore knee when the news broke before the game that Amar’e Stoudemire would need his second knee surgery of the season. The Knicks needed Steve Novak’s services more than ever.
Thankfully for the team, Novak and the rest of the Knicks’ role players were up to the challenge.
New York blew out the Utah Jazz at MSG, largely in part to Novak’s prowess from downtown. J.R. Smith led the way with 24, but Novak added 20 of his own, on 7-of-12 shooting including five 3-balls.
Novak even mixed in an off-the-dribble bucket, which came with the shot clock winding down in the second quarter. Our 6’10” wing received the rock at the top of the key against Gordon Hayward and took two dribbles before Mr. Discount Triple Check slammed on the breaks to bury the pull-up J.
With the odds against them, Novak and the Knicks’ bench turned the tables in the double-digit romping.
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