The Knicks won their second game in as many nights, handing the Washington Wizards a 112-91 defeat. On offense it was a team effort as 6 New Yorkers had double digit points. Toney Douglas led the team in scoring with 19 points, and although he needed 19 shots to accomplish it, he contributed a lot in the other areas. The Knicks guard had a Clyde-esque 5 steals and 10 rebounds, along with 3 assists. Stoudemire dropped 18 points with only 11 attempts, but had 4 blocks and most importantly only 2 turnovers.
It was a game were seemingly every player in white, blue, and orange had a good night. Gallinari nailed 4 of 9 from downtown. Timofev Mozgov stole the ball and showed some agility going the length of the court (only to be fouled at the rim). The biggest theatrical moment was Wilson Chandler throwing down a thunderous dunk, a play that will undoubtedly be shown on every recap of the game.
However the best thing to take from this game is that New York has won the games that they should be. In recent history, optimistic Knick fans were inventing reasons why their team should be respected. For instance after a 3 point loss, the idealist would say that New York was just a shot away from victory. So far in the 2011 season, there is reason to be optimistic. No excuse is required.