Knicks Morning News (Thursday, Feb 28 2013)

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks beat Warriors despite Stephen Curry's 54 points (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:38:39 EST)

    The smallest player on the court received the kind of treatment from the Madison Square Garden crowd that Kobe Bryant and LeBron James usually hear, and it was deserved. Stephen Curry put on a shooting show that had the place buzzing.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Notebook: Curry big, but Smith clutch (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 02:24:30 EDT)

    For most of the first half Wednesday night, J.R. Smith was the only Knick who made a 3-pointer. He was 2-for-4, while the team was 4-for-14, hitting only two long balls late in the second quarter.
    Those misses continued after halftime, and the Knicks finished the game 11-for-34 (32.4 percent) from downtown.
    But Smith continued to sizzle. In fact, while Stephen Curry was going off in the second half — connecting on seven 3-pointers — the Knicks’ sixth man had two big, quick-release 3-pointers down the stretch that gave his team the lead both times.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Curry cools off in time for Knicks to hold on (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 01:26:31 EDT)

    They doubled teamed him. They sent traps at him. They tried face-guarding him.
    But, really, there was only one thing the New York Knicks could do to stop Stephen Curry on Wednesday night.
    “Just hope that he misses,” Carmelo Anthony said after the Knicks’ 109-105 win over the Golden State Warriors.
    He didn’t miss much.
    Curry channeled his inner Reggie Miller at Madison Square Garden, scoring a career-high and NBA season-high 54 points on just 28 shots.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Chandler capitalizes on Warriors sans Lee (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 01:09:51 EDT)

    On Wednesday afternoon, the Knicks received bad news: Rasheed Wallace needs surgery and will be out for eight weeks with a broken bone in his left foot.
    The team had no immediate answer at backup center, as Marcus Camby’s return from a strained left plantar remains uncertain.
    But who needs a backup center when your starting center records 16 points, a career-high 28 rebounds, two steals and a block? That’s exactly what Tyson Chandler did on Wednesday night in the Knicks’ 109-105 win over the Golden State Warriors.

  • [New York Daily News] STEPH OFF, KID! Curry’s 54 not enough to beat Knicks, Melo at MSG (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 06:57:38 GMT)

    Stephen Curry placed himself in that rarefied air Wednesday night with a performance at the World’s Most Famous Arena that was every bit as mesmerizing as anything the aforementioned group has produced. The big difference, of course, is that Jordan, LeBron, Kobe and Reggie capped their memorable moments with a victory.

  • [New York Daily News] Lawrence: Perfect timing for block party (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 06:24:43 GMT)

    What saved the Knicks in the end, when they held on for a 109-105 victory? Defense, for a change, even on a night when they allowed one of the top shooters in the NBA to fire in 11 three-pointers.

  • [New York Times] Lawson Has 30 in 111-109 Denver Win Over Blazers (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 06:53:42 GMT)

    Andre Miller scored the go-ahead layup with 24.9 seconds left against his former team and the Denver Nuggets held off the Portland Trail Blazers 111-109 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory.

  • [New York Times] Hot Curry Throws Up 54 in Loss to Knicks (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 06:17:01 GMT)

    Golden State guard Stephen Curry scored a NBA season-high 54 points but only earned praise and not a win as the New York Knicks prevailed 109-105 against the Warriors at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

  • [New York Times] Suns End Spurs’ 18-Game Home Streak, 105-101 in OT (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 06:14:26 GMT)

    After a 25-day, nine-game road trip, the San Antonio Spurs were glad to be back in their own building, relaxed and ready to add to their 18-game home winning streak.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Womens Basketball: Chamique Holdsclaw Is Indicted on Aggravated Assault Charge (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 05:53:41 GMT)

    Chamique Holdsclaw, a former W.N.B.A. player and Olympic gold medalist, is being indicted on charges of aggravated assault, criminal damage and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Suns End Spurs’ Home Streak (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 05:52:41 GMT)

    Wesley Johnson hit a 3-pointer to force overtime, and the Phoenix Suns beat San Antonio, 105-101. In other action, the Bucks escaped the Rockets.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 109, Warriors 105: Stephen Curry Scores 54, but Knicks Beat Warriors (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 05:33:54 GMT)

    The Knicks escaped Golden State despite a career-high 54 points from the Warriors’ Stephen Curry, who sank 11 3-pointers.

  • [New York Times] Knicks Overcome Curry’s 54 to Beat Warriors (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 05:07:07 GMT)

    Stephen Curry rose for another jumper, and by then even the Knicks probably figured it would go in.

  • [New York Times] Durant Gets Triple-Double in 119-74 Thunder Rout (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 04:58:01 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook warned Kevin Durant that he was going to come off a pick-and-roll and then make a backdoor cut to the basket.

  • [New York Times] Horford Leads Hawks Past Jazz 102-91 (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 04:47:02 GMT)

    Al Horford scored 34 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, while Josh Smith added 24 points 14 rebounds to help the Atlanta Hawks hold off a fourth-quarter rally by the Utah Jazz and claim a 102-91 victory Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: A Garden Homecoming for the Warriors’ Jackson (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 04:33:51 GMT)

    Golden State Coach Mark Jackson said he did not think a lot about his first game as an N.B.A. coach at Madison Square Garden. But when Jackson entered the Garden before Wednesday’s game, he said he was reminded of how special the arena was and how significant the moment was.

  • [New York Times] Hot Curry Throws Up 54 in Loss to Knicks (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 04:27:47 GMT)

    Golden State guard Stephen Curry scored a NBA season-high 54 points but it wasn’t enough as the New York Knicks prevailed 109-105 against the Warriors at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

  • [New York Times] With Johnson Out, Williams and Nets Show They Can Still Win (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 04:16:52 GMT)

    With Joe Johnson sidelined with a heel injury, Deron Williams has stepped up for the Nets. He scored 33 points, 11 in the final 90 seconds, against the Hornets.

  • [New York Times] Grizzlies Match Largest Comeback, Top Mavs 90-84 (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 04:10:06 GMT)

    Zach Randolph scored 22 points and Marc Gasol added 21 as the Memphis Grizzlies matched their largest comeback in franchise history, rallying to beat the Dallas Mavericks 90-84 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Section 15: New York Rivalry Is Born (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 04:09:57 GMT)

    For the Brooklyn native John Galea, the Nets never really existed until they discovered his hometown.

  • [New York Times] Ellis’ Last-Second 3 Lifts Bucks Over Rockets (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 03:52:05 GMT)

    Monta Ellis sank an off-balance 3-pointer just before the final buzzer to give the Milwaukee Bucks a 110-107 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Irving-Less Cavaliers Down Raptors 103-92 (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 03:03:54 GMT)

    Rookie Dion Waiters scored 23 points, Shaun Livingston added 15 and the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a horrendous start and playing without injured All-Star Kyrie Irving for the second straight game, beating the Toronto Raptors 103-92 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Knicks’ Rasheed Wallace to Have Season-Ending Surgery (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 02:56:09 GMT)

    The veteran Rasheed Wallace helped push the Knicks to a 17-5 start before his injury.

  • [New York Times] Big Shooting Night Lifts Kings Over Magic, 125-101 (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 02:42:54 GMT)

    John Salmons had 21 points to lead six players in double-figures and the hot-shooting Sacramento Kings cruised to a 125-101 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Led by Knight’s 32, Pistons Beat Wizards 96-95 (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 02:27:56 GMT)

    No matter how well things are going for either team, the Detroit Pistons nearly always get the better of the Washington Wizards.

  • [New York Times] Knicks: Wallace Has Broken Foot, Needs Surgery (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 01:13:47 GMT)

    The New York Knicks said Wednesday new X-rays of Rasheed Wallace’s left foot showed a broken bone, and he is expected to miss another eight weeks, possibly ending his comeback season.

  • [New York Times] Hibbert, Lee Suspended After Warriors-Pacers Fight (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 01:05:25 GMT)

    Pacers center Roy Hibbert and Warriors forward David Lee have each been suspended a game without pay for starting an altercation during their game that drifted into the courtside seats.

  • [New York Times] Davis Skips OKC Trip With Shoulder Sprain (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:44:18 GMT)

    No. 1 draft pick Anthony Davis did not travel with the New Orleans Hornets for Wednesday night’s game at Oklahoma City, and guard Eric Gordon was also out of the starting lineup.

  • [New York Times] Sore Knee Sidelines Cavs’ Irving for Second Game (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:03:03 GMT)

    Kyrie Irving is following Cleveland’s prescribed plan of rest.

  • [New York Post] Knicks’ Wallace out for at least rest of regular season (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 03:46:13 -0500)

    Coach Mike Woodson called Rasheed Wallace’s ongoing foot surgery “a blow,â? but he hasn’t given up on the defensive forward making a return for the playoffs.
    The Knicks’ fears regarding Wallace were realized before Wednesday night’s 109-105 win over the Warriors at the Garden. The team announced…

  • [New York Post] Warriors guard explodes for 54, but Knicks clamp down late (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 03:43:22 -0500)

    Michael Jordan turned 50 this month and last night Stephen Curry turned the Garden into his 50-point playground â?? just like His Airness used to. The difference, however, was Jordan would have willed his team to victory, which Curry could not.
    Carmelo Anthony poured in 35 points, Tyson Chandler ripped down…

  • [New York Post] Chandler grabs 28 rebounds in â??W’ (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 03:36:34 -0500)

    On any normal night, Tyson Chandler might have been the first and the last player discussed regarding the Knicks’ victory at the Garden.
    But seeing an opponent â?? seeing anybody â?? score 54 points will sort of divert the conversation.
    So Chandler’s spectacular, career-high total of 28 rebounds, the second highest…

  • [New York Post] Felton hit: Block of ages (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 03:36:34 -0500)

    No one needed a degree in logic, nuclear physics or even animal husbandry to figure where the ball was going for Golden State with roughly a minute and a half left last night and the game tied. Stephen Curry had 54 points. Every other Warrior had 51. Figure it was…

  • [New York Post] Marathon man Steph goes distance in loss (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 03:36:34 -0500)

    The Golden State Warriors trudged into the Garden last night coming off a physical, emotional war in Indiana. They entered without their suspended All-Star power forward David Lee and injured center Andrew Bogut.
    So Stephen Curry, who toiled 37 minutes in Indiana, figured he might have to be special.

  • [New York Post] Jackson has a lot to be proud of in MSG return (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 03:22:11 -0500)

    It Was already going to be a special night for Mark Jackson, who was coaching his first game at Madison Square Garden, where his basketball dreams took root. But it became even more special by the way Stephen Curry made his coach proud.
    Even in defeat, Jackson couldn’t find…

  • [New York Post] Suspension meant no Garden return for Lee (Thu, 28 Feb 2013 02:39:02 -0500)

    David Lee did not receive a warm, fuzzy reception at Madison Square Garden as a member of the Warriors Wednesday night. But the former Knick didn’t get booed and trashed, either. In fact, Lee heard nothing, saw nothing at all.
    That’s what happens when you get suspended by…

  • Knicks 109, Warriors 105

    Golden State Warriors 105 FinalRecap | Box Score 109 New York Knicks
    Carmelo Anthony, SF 40 MIN | 10-26 FG | 13-15 FT | 1 REB | 8 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 35 PTS | +11If you’re in the “Melo needs to be our primary creator” camp, this may have been your favorite performance by him in some time. On a night when the jumpers were (mostly) not falling, he broke down the defense off the dribble, got to the line a ton, and mixed in some filthy post moves and breathtaking passes. Bullied smaller guys, went around slower guys, drove with his head up ready to see cutting teammates, hit a gorgeous baseline fadeaway to make it a two-possession game in the final minute. Solid defensive effort as well. Good marks all around and only a cold night on jumpers kept it from being a singularly great performance.
    Tyson Chandler, C 42 MIN | 5-9 FG | 6-7 FT | 28 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +8Speaking of singularly great performances, everything we love about Tyson Chandler was on display tonight. A smash here, a swat there, screens and cuts aplenty and, my goodness, the rebounding. He hit double digits in the games first 7 minutes and didn’t look back, completely controlling the glass and, by extension, the game at both ends. Lost in the confusion generated by the Stephen Curry Pain Tornado was the fact that the rest of the Warriors offense was actually pretty brutal — Curry had 54 points on 35 possessions used (154 O-Rating, not so bad) while the rest of the team had 51 on 59 (86 O-Rating). Chandler’s switching, contesting, and ball-hawking was a major factor there. If the rest of the Warriors offense had been even mediocre, Curry’s night for the ages would have stood up. Chandler was the biggest reason it didn’t.
    Jason Kidd, PG 19 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +2Read all about Kidd’s performance here.
    Raymond Felton, PG 39 MIN | 3-10 FG | 2-6 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 4 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | +11Shot poorly and ceded the evening’s playmaking responsibilities to Carmelo Anthony so in terms of offensive value, not so much. On the other end, was the main culprit in the stunning amount of space that Curry continued to have on pull-up threes, even as he registered heat check readings a couple degrees north of “Fires of Mount Doom.” Why did he play 39 minutes when he wasn’t being utilized in the offense and was overmatched in his attempt to check the Warriors sole offensive threat tonight? That’s a great question. But just at the moment when his matchup on Curry seemed most likely to give the game away, he came up with a vicious block on a long jumper and then a game-icing steal in the dying seconds. Waddle waddle. Woof woof.
    Iman Shumpert, PG 22 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 6 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 2 PTS | +12Had some very clean looks on jumpers tonight and didn’t even come close to knocking them down. His dribble penetration looked good but his inability to finish confidently (aside from a nice roll off a pretty Eurostep on his lone make of the evening) rendered it largely moot. Now shooting 19% in his last 5 games and in real danger of dropping below 30% on the season. Needs to be put in position to be an impact defender to have value because he’s a weight around the neck of the offense right now.
    Amar’e Stoudemire, PF 20 MIN | 6-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -4Another night with a great FG% and a bad +/-. In isolated games that’s a pretty meaningless statistic but as a trend it certainly suggests some measure of defensive liability, an inference supported by the eye test on this night. Still, I’d say a little more good than bad for STAT.
    Kenyon Martin, PF 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -10A 5 trillion with a -10 for K-Mart in his Knick debut. Actually liked what I saw from him on defense — he may prove our only option that combines iron in the low post with any kind of mobility, although that distinction likely says more about our motley crew of frontcourtsmen than about Kenyon himself. Let’s go with a cautiously optimistic B- here. I’m interested in seeing more.
    Steve Novak, SF 9 MIN | 0-4 FG | 3-3 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -7Hey look it’s like we always say about Novak, he can’t make any outside shots but you know he’ll always get to the line.Please stop getting beat on defense and then compounding the error with horribly lazy-looking recovery fouls.
    Pablo Prigioni, PG 9 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -7Played a little at the two tonight and hit an open three. I’d imagine that even the most ardent Felton supporters would have a hard time justifying the 80/20 split in minutes between he and Prigs.
    J.R. Smith, SG 35 MIN | 10-19 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 26 PTS | +4As well as Melo played and as much as Chandler dominated the paint, Hurlin’ Earl brought this thing home. Shot 6 of 11 from deep on a night when the rest of the team (5 for 23) couldn’t establish much of an outside presence, had two late go-ahead makes, and turned it over only once on 21 used possessions in 35 minutes. Long live Good J.R.
    James White, SG 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0The only noticeable thing he did was decline to put up a full-court heave at the end of the first quarter, presumably to protect his Field Goal Percentage. Pro tip, Flight: that’s gonna be the best look you get a lot of nights. Don’t be that guy.
    Chris Copeland, SF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | There was a role for him tonight. Didn’t love the DNP.
    Mike WoodsonI don’t think there was much we could have done about Curry tonight but he really did have a lot of space on too many of those pull-up threes. It’s not like it should have been a surprise after about a quarter and a half of this one. I know he doesn’t like to cross-match but Curry is a particularly bad matchup for Felton and if the worst outcome of using Shump on Curry is that Harrison Barnes might torch us then I’m willing to take my chances at least for a little while. Minute management at the point also wasn’t great. Not a horrible night but if Curry makes one more three and JR misses one, he has some tough questions to answer in the post-game presser.

    Four Things We Saw

    1. You basically have to be in open denial at this point to not feel like the Knicks’ postseason is going to end at the hands of a quick ballhandler. It’s nice to think that Shumpert will emerge as a panacea to our defensive woes but Woodson isn’t an idiot and the fact that after 2 months he still won’t use him on a player like Curry might be telling us something about how ready he is. I’m not taking anything away from Steph — he was absolutely sublime and would have gone off against basically any team in the world tonight — but the fact that we just concede that nights like this are the cost of doing business is a total bummer. It’s a point guard league and we can’t defend them.
    2. David Lee almost certainly swings this game if he’s not suspended — Golden State had absolutely zero inside presence on offense and were unable to hinder Chandler from controlling the glass on both ends. Given the decisiveness of those two factors, you would think Lee would have been worth at least the 4 point that made up the margin.
    3. It’s funny: we usually get a lot of iso-Melo in late game, hero-ball situations but it seems to me that the best time for it is actually right out of the gate. When he starts the game with an obvious mismatch — like he did tonight against Draymond Green or, more notably, a couple of weeks ago against Blake Griffin — a few strong drives and some physical post play can put an opposing player in quick foul trouble. I like iso-Melo early as long as we move away from it once the mismatch is corrected.
    4. Obviously Curry deserves more of a write-up but what is there to say, really? He just made all his shots. It was like Davidson’s Elite 8 run all over again. I watched the game with a Warriors’ fan friend who, about 5 three-pointers into this one, said without a hint of irony, “I’m really happy they chose him over Monta.” Crazy that it was ever a question and seems crazier by the day.

    Game Preview & Thread: Knicks vs Warriors

    J.M. Poulard of Warriors World was kind enough to elicit my thoughts on why Raymond Felton guarding Stephen Curry terrifies me. It appears later on in Poulard’s splendid preview of tonight’s game:

    Preview: After getting involved in a scuffle that resulted in posturing more than actual displays of toughness and unity, the Golden State Warriors (33-24) were defeated last night by an Indiana Pacers (36-21) team that now occupies the second seed in the Eastern Conference standings.

    The Pacers recent five-game winning streak helped them steal the spot from the New York Knicks (33-20).

    Indeed, the Knicks just recently rebounded from a four-game losing streak with a home victory against the Philadelphia 76ers (22-33) and will be looking to win back-to-back games when they host the Dubs tonight at Madison Square Garden.

    The Knickerbockers have one of the best offenses in the league and Mike Woodson deserves a huge amount of credit for it.

    Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, Amar’e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert were all at one point in their respective careers considered to be ball stoppers. They would endlessly pound the rock and monopolize the offense for the one moment where they felt comfortable with settling for whatever shot they could manufacture against the set defense.

    Ah but the times they be changing….

    Check out the whole preview here
    ! Also, use this as your forum for counting Klay Thompson three pointers.

    Rasheed Wallace to Have Surgery on Left Foot, Out At Least 8 Weeks

    According to Alan Hahn (and many others):

    Knicks say Rasheed Wallace had x-rays on his [injured left] foot, which showed progression to fractured fifth metatarsal. He will have surgery.

    He’ll be out for at least 8 weeks, which means he’s done for the regular season. I would bet dollars to donuts that he won’t be ready for the postseeason, but I guess there’s a chance!

    Wow, this sucks.

    Tip of the hat to Frank for the head’s up!

    (NOTE: Hahn wrote right foot originally, but he has since corrected it)

    Knicks Morning News (Wednesday, Feb 27 2013)

  • [New York Daily News] Former Knick Jackson returns to MSG with Warriors (Wed, 27 Feb 2013 07:28:10 GMT)

    Mark Jackson will finally make his coaching debut at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night, 123 games into his career with the Golden State Warriors and four years after he nearly ended up on the Knicks bench. “Honestly, it’s just another day at the office,â? Jackson said.

  • [New York Daily News] Amar’e approves of Knicks’ 30-minute limit (Wed, 27 Feb 2013 04:50:47 GMT)

    Amar’e Stoudemire’s ceiling, as determined by the Knicks’ medical staff with some input from Mike Woodson, is the same as your standard television sitcom: 30 minutes.

  • [New York Times] LeBron, Wade Help Heat Topple Kings in Double OT (Wed, 27 Feb 2013 07:24:42 GMT)

    LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 79 points as the Miami Heat prevailed 141-129 in a double overtime marathon against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday.

  • [New York Times] Clippers Blow Out Bobcats 106-84 (Wed, 27 Feb 2013 06:01:01 GMT)

    Blake Griffin scored 24 points, keying a decisive second-quarter burst that put the Clippers in command, and Los Angeles beat the Charlotte Bobcats 106-84 on Tuesday night to improve to 23-6 at home.

  • [New York Times] Nets 101, Hornets 97: Nets’ Brook Lopez Finds Spark Against His Brother (Wed, 27 Feb 2013 05:27:23 GMT)

    Facing his twin Robin Lopez of the Hornets, Brook Lopez had his best game since the All-Star break, finishing with 20 points to help the Nets to victory.

  • [New York Times] Suns Survive OT for 84-83 Win Over Wolves (Wed, 27 Feb 2013 05:25:02 GMT)

    Marcin Gortat hit big shots at the end of regulation and overtime, helping the Phoenix Suns end a three-game losing streak with an 84-83 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Heat Win 12th Straight, Outlast Kings in 2OT (Wed, 27 Feb 2013 05:03:04 GMT)

    Heat coach Erik Spoelstra summed up the efforts of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in three words: “Video game numbers,” he said.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: With James, Heat Survives 2 Overtimes (Wed, 27 Feb 2013 04:34:17 GMT)

    LeBron James had 40 points and a career-high 16 assists, Dwyane Wade scored 39 and the Miami Heat pushed their winning streak to 12 games by outlasting the Kings, 141-129.

  • [New York Times] LeBron Scores 40 as Heat Topple Kings in Double OT (Wed, 27 Feb 2013 04:27:38 GMT)

    LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 79 points as the Miami Heat prevailed 141-129 in a double overtime marathon against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday.

  • [New York Times] Ellis Spoils Nowitzki’s 20-20 Game, Bucks Top Mavs (Wed, 27 Feb 2013 04:22:16 GMT)

    Monta Ellis scored 22 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks spoiled Dirk Nowitzki’s first game in nearly 10 years with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds with a 95-90 victory against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Pacers Beat Warriors After 4th-Quarter Scuffle (Wed, 27 Feb 2013 04:10:06 GMT)

    If the Indiana Pacers learned anything from their 108-97 win over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, it’s exactly how close they are as a team.

  • [New York Times] Williams, Lopez Lead Nets Past Hornets, 101-97 (Wed, 27 Feb 2013 04:04:33 GMT)

    Deron Williams scored 33 points, Brook Lopez added 20 points and four blocks while playing against his twin brother, Robin, and the Brooklyn Nets snapped a two-game skid with a 101-97 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Cavs Stop Slide Against Bulls With 101-98 Victory (Wed, 27 Feb 2013 03:49:07 GMT)

    Dion Waiters scored 25 points to help make up for the absence of Kyrie Irving, and the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped an 11-game losing streak against the Chicago Bulls with a 101-98 victory on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Magic End Road Skid at 10, Rout 76ers (Wed, 27 Feb 2013 02:51:56 GMT)

    Arron Afflalo and Tobias Harris scored 16 points apiece, and the Orlando Magic snapped a 10-game road losing streak with a 98-84 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: The Baffling Benching of Lopez (Wed, 27 Feb 2013 02:47:31 GMT)

    Center Brook Lopez, the Nets’ leading scorer, has sat out the fourth quarter in three of four games since his first All-Star appearance.

  • [New York Times] Hibbert Ejected for Fight in Pacers-Warriors Game (Wed, 27 Feb 2013 02:31:25 GMT)

    Indiana center Roy Hibbert was ejected and four other players received technical fouls after a skirmish between the Pacers and Golden State Warriors spilled into the seats behind the baseline.

  • [New York Times] Dennis Rodman Arrives in North Korea for Tour (Wed, 27 Feb 2013 02:23:20 GMT)

    The frequently pierced former N.B.A. star known as the Worm embarked on a tour with three Harlem Globetrotters for a documentary film.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Revamped Warriors Use Small Fixes for Big Gains (Wed, 27 Feb 2013 02:10:56 GMT)

    After a season in which they won only 23 games for a .348 winning percentage, the Golden State Warriors are 10 games over .500 this season and have a talented young core of players.

  • [New York Times] Dennis Rodman Gets His ‘Gangnam Style’ Mixed Up in Pyongyang (Wed, 27 Feb 2013 00:15:40 GMT)

    Former NBA star Dennis Rodman appears to have mixed up his Koreas on a visit to Pyongyang, tweeting that he expected to run into South Korean rapper Psy on his trip to the North.

  • [New York Post] Knicks’ 3-point plan: Shoot, shoot & shoot again (Wed, 27 Feb 2013 02:47:56 -0500)

    As the final seconds of an intense scrimmage clicked off the clock at the Knicks practice facility yesterday, Chris Copeland launched a baseline jumper that swished through the net to give the white-jersey team a buzzer-beating tie, yes a tie, with the blue team.
    You would have thought they had…

  • [New York Post] Jackson wowed by 1st Garden gig (Wed, 27 Feb 2013 02:12:49 -0500)

    Mark Jackson finally will make his coaching homecoming Wednesday night at the Garden. To some New Yorkers, it comes 5 1/2 years too late.
    Jackson, runner-up to Mike D’Antoni in 2007 to become the Knicks’ head coach, arrives with his swashbuckling Warriors club, led by All-Star ex-Knick David…

  • [New York Post] Anthony praises Amar’e for accepting reduced role (Wed, 27 Feb 2013 03:01:05 -0500)

    Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire have not grown into the perfect tandem, but Anthony has grown to love Stoudemire for his sacrifices.
    One day after coach Mike Woodson revealed Stoudemire is on a 30-minute cap the rest of the season, Anthony saluted the Knicks $100 million backup power forward…

  • Knicks Morning News (Tuesday, Feb 26 2013)

  • [New York Times] U.S. Ex-Basketball Player Rodman Bound for North Korea: AP (Tue, 26 Feb 2013 06:48:39 GMT)

    Retired U.S. basketball player Dennis Rodman is to visit North Korea to film a television documentary and will arrive in the capital Pyongyang on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.

  • [New York Times] Pierce Lifts Road-Weary Celtics Over Jazz in OT (Tue, 26 Feb 2013 06:24:54 GMT)

    The Boston Celtics weren’t too tired after playing five games in seven days back and forth across time zones.

  • [New York Times] Chandler Leads Nuggets Past Lakers, 119-108 (Tue, 26 Feb 2013 06:09:46 GMT)

    It’s a good thing Danilo Gallinari was a late scratch for the Denver Nuggets. With a bruised left thigh, he couldn’t have kept up with his hustling teammates as they sped past the aged and aching Los Angeles Lakers.

  • [New York Times] Pierce Lifts Road-Weary Celtics Over Jazz in OT (Tue, 26 Feb 2013 05:36:54 GMT)

    Paul Pierce scored 26 points, including seven straight in overtime, and the Boston Celtics beat the Utah Jazz 110-107 on Monday night to close out a five-game road trip.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: The Baffling Benching of Lopez (Tue, 26 Feb 2013 04:28:13 GMT)

    Center Brook Lopez, the Nets’ leading scorer, has sat out the fourth quarter in three of four games since his first All-Star appearance.

  • [New York Times] Wizards Discover Some Second Half Magic as Surge Continues (Tue, 26 Feb 2013 04:24:40 GMT)

    With just five wins from their first 33 games there was certainly nothing magical about the Washington Wizards’ start to the National Basketball Association (NBA)season.

  • [New York Times] Woodson Sees Free Throws as a Key to Knicks’ Victory (Tue, 26 Feb 2013 03:39:16 GMT)

    The Knicks, known for their 3-pointers, made 27 of 35 free throw attempts in their victory over the 76ers on Sunday. Carmelo Anthony was 16 of 18 in free throws.

  • [New York Times] Horford’s Big Game Leads Hawks Over Pistons (Tue, 26 Feb 2013 03:09:56 GMT)

    Al Horford had 23 points and 22 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Detroit Pistons 114-103 on Monday night for their fifth win in six games.

  • [New York Times] Wizards Beat Raptors 90-84 for 3rd Straight Win (Tue, 26 Feb 2013 02:55:16 GMT)

    Bradley Beal scored 20 points, Nene had 11 points and nine rebounds, and the Washington Wizards beat the Toronto Raptors 90-84 on Monday night for their third straight victory.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Best N.B.A. Games of the Week (Tue, 26 Feb 2013 01:38:09 GMT)

    The week’s best N.B.A. games feature the Lakers at the Nuggets, the Clippers at the Pacers and the Heat at the Knicks.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Video: Knicks update (Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:58:50 EDT)
  • [New York Daily News] Melo out! Anthony, Knicks need to chill (Tue, 26 Feb 2013 03:38:26 GMT)

    By NBA standards, Carmelo Anthony gave Sixers’ center Spencer Hawes a love tap as the two fought for position under the basket during the third quarter of the Knicks’ victory on Sunday.

  • [New York Post] Resurgent sixth man Smith working on jump shot (Tue, 26 Feb 2013 03:51:32 -0500)

    J.R. Smith was having fun at the end of Knicks practice yesterday, rifling the ball right-handed from three-quarter court, quarterback-style. He fell short on three attempts but not by much.
    “I was a little short but still better than [Tim] Tebow,” Smith said jokingly about the Jets quarterback.

  • [New York Post] Anthony must learn to keep cool (Tue, 26 Feb 2013 03:35:53 -0500)

    The most significant chapter in the book on Carmelo Anthony, certain to be read verbatim by opponents from Miami to Brooklyn to Boston and all points west, is the one that describes the tactics and methods advised to psychologically impair him and thereby destroy the Knicks.
    Kevin Garnett has already…

  • [New York Post] Woodson, Knicks to keep cap on Amar’e court time (Tue, 26 Feb 2013 01:44:49 -0500)

    The $100 million man will be the 30-minute man the rest of the season.
    Amar’e Stoudemire has truly joined the 30-30 club. He turned 30 in November, and coach Mike Woodson said yesterday he won’t be permitted to play him more than 30 minutes the rest of the…

  • Knicks Morning News (Monday, Feb 25 2013)

  • [New York Daily News] For Knicks to have shot, Kidd must find his (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 05:38:01 GMT)

    If Jason Kidd needed yet another reminder about his protracted longevity, the old memory bank was jostled again on Sunday when Kenyon Martin walked into the Knick locker room and donned a uniform in the neighboring cubbyhole.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Amar’e OK with bench role (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 05:37:55 GMT)

    Should the Knicks go cold, however, as they did in the four games prior to Sunday’s win, Stoudemire hinted he might not be so thrilled about it.

  • [New York Daily News] Stat and Melo get Knicks back on track in win over Sixers (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 02:49:17 GMT)

    The Knicks were determined to end their four-game losing streak Sunday night, and if they needed to do a little pushing and shoving to get there, they were prepared to do just that.

  • [New York Times] Matthews Scores 24 as Blazers Beat Celtics 92-86 (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 05:39:58 GMT)

    Wesley Matthews had 24 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with less than a minute to go, and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped their longest losing streak of the season at seven games with a 92-86 win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Thunder’s D Back to Form in 102-72 Rout of Bulls (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 05:18:53 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook scored 23 points, Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka both contributed double-doubles and the Oklahoma City Thunder held Chicago to the worst shooting performance in the NBA this season, beating the Bulls 102-72 on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Knicks’ Stoudemire, Role Limited, Shows All That He Can Do (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 05:08:36 GMT)

    Twenty-three games into his season, Amar’e Stoudemire has had to return to shape and adapt to a new role. Thus far, he has done both.

  • [New York Times] Grizzlies 76, Nets 72: Nets Point to a Noncall, but Have Themselves to Blame in a Loss (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 04:52:54 GMT)

    The Nets were frustrated by their own ineptitude against the Grizzlies and incensed over the officiating, specifically the lack of a foul call after Deron Williams was hammered with 26 seconds to go and the game tied.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 99, 76ers 93: Knicks Defeat 76ers to End Four-Game Losing Streak (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 04:35:11 GMT)

    Coach Mike Woodson put Tyson Chandler on the court with his four regular reserves, helping the Knicks earn their first win since the All-Star break.

  • [New York Times] Randolph, Gasol Lead Grizzlies Over Nets 76-72 (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 04:32:09 GMT)

    Zach Randolph had 16 points and 14 rebounds, Marc Gasol scored 14 points and the Memphis Grizzlies won their seventh straight game, 76-72 over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Bryant Outdoes Nowitzki as Lakers Beat Mavericks (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 04:05:25 GMT)

    Dirk Nowitzki had a season-high 30 points, but Kobe Bryant had 38 to lead Los Angeles past Dallas.

  • [New York Times] Mills, Leonard Lead Balanced Spurs Past Suns 97-87 (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 03:51:52 GMT)

    Patty Mills and Kawhi Leonard scored 16 points apiece to lead six San Antonio players in double figures, and the Spurs ended their nine-game road trip Sunday night with a 97-87 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

  • [New York Times] Knicks Beat 76ers 99-93 to End 4-Game Skid (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 02:59:59 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points, Amare Stoudemire had a season-high 22, and the New York Knicks snapped their longest losing streak of the season at four games by beating the Philadelphia 76ers 99-93 on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Heat Blow Huge Lead Then Beat Cavs for 11th in Row (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 02:46:07 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade got hot down the stretch, and LeBron James missed a layup in the final minute.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Salley Offers a Healthy Assist (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 02:23:28 GMT)

    John Salley, a 6-foot-11 power forward and center, became a vegetarian in January 1991 after he felt he had to make changes in his lifestyle.

  • [New York Times] Young, Smith Lead A’s Past Angels 7-5 (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 02:13:29 GMT)

    This early in spring training, the Oakland Athletics want to be careful with even the slightest twinge.

  • [New York Times] Essay: Return of SuperSonics Would Fill Void for Seattle Fans (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 02:09:53 GMT)

    Seattle fans feel hopeful but also wary, and somewhat guilty, with the sale of the Sacramento Kings and the prospect of the SuperSonics’ return.

  • [New York Times] Davis, Gordon Lead Hornets Past Kings 110-95 (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 01:46:09 GMT)

    Anthony Davis had 20 points and eight rebounds, and Eric Gordon added 17 points and eight assists to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a 110-95 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.

  • [New York Times] Greinke Goes 2 Innings, Dodgers Tie White Sox 2-2 (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 01:34:18 GMT)

    Zack Greinke felt right at home in his new uniform.

  • [New York Times] Kazmir Goes 2 Innings, Indians Beat Brewers 7-4 (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 01:09:54 GMT)

    Scott Kazmir hopes Sunday was a big step on his road back to the major leagues.

  • [New York Times] Hinske, Prado Lead Diamondbacks Over Rockies 8-6 (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 00:58:07 GMT)

    Eric Hinske feels right at home in Arizona, and the transition to playing for the Diamondbacks has been pretty comfortable as well.

  • [New York Times] Bryant Silences Cuban With 38 Points in Lakers’ Win (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 00:36:40 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant fired back at Dallas owner Mark Cuban with 38 points as he lifted the Los Angeles Lakers past the Mavericks 103-99 on Sunday.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Is Amar'e eyeing a role change? (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 02:11:07 EDT)

    Amar’e Stoudemire’s fine with coming off of the bench and sitting down the stretch of games — as long as the Knicks win.
    So said Stoudemire after the Knicks’ win over Philly on Sunday.
    “(If) we keep winning then we’re good. When we start losing a little bit then you start thinking about it,” Stoudemire said after scoring 22 points in 22 minutes against the Sixers. “But we won the game and we played well down the stretch.”
    Since returning from injury on Jan.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Physical practices fuel Knicks on defense (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 00:28:33 EDT)

    Two days before they faced the Celtics on Jan. 24, the Knicks said they had one of their best practices of the season, where, as Carmelo Anthony described it, they “really competed and got after each other, fouled a little bit, got physical out there.”
    The Knicks went on to win 89-86, avenging their Jan. 7 loss to Boston at the Garden.
    A similar storyline unfolded on Sunday night in the Knicks’ 99-93 win over the 76ers. Not only did the Knicks lose to the Sixers previously on Jan.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Woody: Melo has to control his emotions (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 00:07:50 EDT)

    Mike Woodson winced a little bit when he saw Carmelo Anthony — his best and most important player — square off with Philadelphia center Spencer Hawes on Sunday.
    Nothing came of the skirmish.
    Anthony was whistled for a flagrant and Hawes and Tyson Chandler — who came to Anthony’s defense and shoved Hawes out of the way — received technical fouls.
    But it was the latest example this season of Anthony letting things get under his skin.
    “He’s just got to control his emotions,” Woodson said.

  • [New York Newsday] Amar'e Stoudemire sparks victory in highly efficient effort (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 00:10:00 EST)

    Injury-prone, overpaid and unmovable.

  • [New York Post] Anthony, Amar’e spark needed win over 76ers (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 06:02:42 -0500)

    And you were worried about the Knicks.
    There was nothing wrong with them that being at home against a team that entered with its own four-game losing streak, a record of nine games under .500 and a schedule that had them playing the tail end of a back-to-back wouldn’t…

  • [New York Post] Chandler rides to Melo’s defense (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 04:25:28 -0500)

    So maybe it was a bit of a cheap shot by Carmelo Anthony when he smacked Sixers center Spencer Hawes in the back of the head after the two tussled for position on a missed shot by Nick Young.
    Anthony was eventually issued a flagrant foul for his retaliation for…

  • [New York Post] Amar’e comes up big (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 04:52:52 -0500)

    In only 22 minutes last night, Amar’e Stoudemire poured in 22 points.
    That has a pretty good ring to it.
    Stoudemire was superb in the Knicks’ skid-stopping 99-93 win over the 76ers at the Garden, delivering a season-best 22 points. He did it by shooting 9-of-10 from the field…

  • [New York Post] Martin enjoys new Garden spot (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 02:57:52 -0500)

    The chants started late â?? “Ken-yon Mar-tin, Ken-yon Mar-tin.â? But the newest Knick, while moved, knew he wasn’t getting in the game.
    “That’s a great feeling,â? Martin said after he sat through last night’s 99-93 victory over the 76ers, his first official game as a Knick. “I think…