KNICKS 100 KINGS 85 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it happened:
With minimal rest after the exhilarating win in Toronto last night, the Knicks looked like a well-oiled machine on Wednesday. The winning streak extended to seven and New York easily dispatched Sacramento 100-85 at Madison Square Garden.
In what has become routine, Jeremy Lin dictated the pace early with the game’s first bucket and successful old fashioned three-point play. The Knicks used the first quarter to create a highlight reel of outstanding plays, including several alley-oop dimes from Lin to Tyson Chandler and Landry Fields. In his second contest back since the four-game absence, Amar’e Stoudemire scored 9 of his 11 points in the first period.
Defensively, New York was just as sharp by holding the Kings to 36 first half points and a dismal 32.6 percent from the floor. While Sacramento was handcuffed offensively, the Knicks pounded them from inside the paint and on the perimeter.
The lead balloned to 28 points and the balanced effort featured seven players in double figures with Fields leading the way by registering 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting from the floor. Bill Walker chipped in 14 in a starting role while Carmelo Anthony recovers from a strained groin muscle.
Aside from the Spurs, New York is the hottest team in the league and is just one game behind the Celtics for the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference standings at 15-15.
“Very honored and very humbled. Wow…the President…nothing better,” Lin on receiving compliments from President Barack Obama.
For the eighth straight game, the Knicks have not allowed the opposition to score 100 points.
Lin controlled the game in a different manner on Wednesday night by penetrating the Kings defense and quickly dishing to open teammates for easy buckets in the paint. The NBA’s newfound star posted a career-high 13 assists and scored 10 points in the victory. The key number for Lin was the 26 minutes he logged after a string of 40+ nights. The rest on Wednesday evening combined with the day off on Thursday should provide the 23-year old time to heal before Friday’s matchup against New Orleans.
Following the completion of the back-to-back set, the Knicks will have the day off on Thursday and return to Madison Square Garden on Friday to host the New Orleans Hornets.