The Knicks had a lot riding on their game against the Thunder, with a win necessary to prove themselves not a fluke.
The team came out firing from all cylinders, pushing through for a defiant 112-98 victory against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder, one of the league’s best teams.
The Knicks continue to prove that when they’re good, they’re great. The keys to the victory just so happened to be some of the most staggering factors that have been attributed to their success all season long.
For starters (no pun intended), the Knicks received a balance attack from their starting five, with all of them scoring in double figures. Raymond Felton and Landry Fields both also had double-doubles; Felton recording 10 assists and Fields grabbing 10 rebounds. Their extra efforts are always crucial to the team coming away with a victory.
Ronny Turiaf, the subject of trade rumors this week, led an offensive spurt late in the first half that helped the Knicks back into the game after trailing previously. Turiaf does not simply just score the basketball, as his explosions on offense (and defense) usually cause the Garden crowd to go wild.
Wilson Chandler continued his offensive outburst for the season, keeping the pace in the first half, furthermore finishing with 21 points for the game. He almost went point for point with Durant, whom the Knicks slowed down considerably after he poured in 13 points in the first quarter alone. However, he was limited to just 13 more points the rest of way through the final three quarters.
As usual, Amar’e Stoudemire led the way with 23 points for the Knicks. The team also received positive performances from Toney Douglas and Shawne Williams off the bench.
A well balanced attack (even more specifically, a boost from their bench) has consistently led to good things for the Knicks. Tonight, however, the team’s will to win, as well as their equally effective defense on the NBA’s leading scorer, helped them pull away with this one.