Knicks win fourth straight

Posted: November 24, 2010 in Knicks

Toney Douglas led a balanced scoring effort with 22 points.

When I last posted on the Knicks, they were in the throes of a six-game losing streak, looking much like the team we’ve seen for a better part of a decade. As much as I ripped Mike D’Antoni in my last post, I have to give him some credit now as the Knicks have reeled off four straight wins, including tonight’s 110-107 victory at the Garden over the Charlotte Bobcats.

For the most part, D’Antoni has scrapped the pick and roll plays because point guard Raymond Felton (more of a combo guard) just isn’t that good at it. The team has gone to a more cutting and slashing approach, still kicking out for threes but getting to the line much more frequently.

The Knicks had six players in double figures tonight, led by Toney Douglas’ 22 points off the bench. Felton, who exploded for a 35-point effort on the West Coast swing, continues to play well with 16 points and nine assists tonight. Amar’e Stoudemire (17), Danilo Gallinari (16), Landry Fields (14) and Ronny Turiaf (12) were the others in double figures.

I love Turiaf’s energy and defensive prowess, they really missed him when he was out for a bulk of the losing streak. While Fields isn’t flashy, he does a lot of things well and was a great find by Donnie Walsh in the second round of this year’s draft.

The Knicks are now 7-8, or 1 1/2 games worse than the Dream Team, aka Miami Heat. They get another crack at the Bobcats tonight on the road in the second of a home and home series. Hopefully by this time tomorrow night, the Knicks will be back at .500 for the first time since they were 3-3.

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