Knicks 107, Hornets 88

Posted: March 3, 2011 in Knicks

Following last night’s tough loss to the Magic (a game the Knicks led by double digits late in the third quarter), the Knicks bounced back big time tonight by thrashing New Orleans at home.
I was a bit worried when I found out Chauncey Billups would miss this game due to an injury, but Toney Douglas stepped up big time with 24 points and five assists on 10-13 shooting.
Amare Stoudemire had 24 points and 7 boards, and Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points in 29 minutes. But the X factor in this game was the fact the Knicks actually got production from other players. In addition to Douglas’ big game, Shawne Williams scored 16 off the bench and Landry Fields added 11. In his first game back in a Knicks uniform, Jared Jeffries contributed six rebounds and solid defense.
The game was such a blowout, Mike D’Antoni used 12 players tonight. Even the wretched Roger Mason scored five points late in this one.
On a side note, former Knick Anthony Randolph, traded as part of the 3-team deal that landed Carmelo and Chauncey, finally got some extended playing time and showed what he could do. Randolph scored 19 points and pulled down 10 boards as the Timberwolves topped the Pistons tonight. Always wondered why the kid never got to play for the Knicks. Just Mike D’Antoni being stubborn, I guess.
Also, the Dallas Mavericks signed Corey Brewer to a two-year deal immediately after the Knicks inexplicably waived him. I swear, I don’t understand the decisions this team makes sometimes.
Oh well, the Knicks are back in action Friday night against the Cavs. This should be an easy win at home, but the Cavs have beaten the Knicks twice already this year. Can’t see it happening three times, as the first two games were in Cleveland.

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