Andrea Bargnani scored 25 points on the night, but that was not his most impressive contribution to the Knicks' victory. It was his defense. With five blocks, a plus/minus of +14 and eight rebounds, Bargnani was a force on the defensive side.
He rose to the occasion of his first start at center in Tyson Chandler's absence and helped set the tone early. He was assertive, taking 25 shots in 35 minutes. Coach Woodson and Knicks fans will be thrilled if they get the same intensity every night.
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