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Monday, November 24, 2014

Knicks 125, Bobcats 96: The Ecstasy of Victory

Charlotte Bobcats 96 Final
Recap | Box Score
125 New York Knicks
Beno Udrih, PG

7 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -8

Look man, I know you and coach haven’t been on the best terms or anything. But I can see why you’d wanna be traded. It’s tough here. We just want you to be happy. “We” meaning me and Destiny over here. Beno, this is Destiny. Destiny, show Beno your teeth. They glow in the dark! I’ve never even heard of that! I met her at this party last Saturday. We were smoking a butt outside and – DESTINY! GET OFF OF THAT! She has this thing about climbing stop signs. I don’t know. Hey, do you have a cigarette by chance?

Tyson Chandler, C

19 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +22

Tyson! It’s all happening! Seriously, what was it like watching Melo? I think we finally turned a corner, Tyson. It’s been tough for you and Woody. I get that, but…. Just make amends. Give him a hug. If there’s anything I learned from hanging out with the Stone Roses, it’s that love conquers all, Tyson. Man, my teeth… can I chew on your beard? Just for a second, I’m out of smokes. Here, just let me chew – ow! Wait, where are you going? TYSON! TYSON COME BACK! I WANT YOU TO HEAR THIS HAPPY MONDAYS ALBUM!

Cole Aldrich, C

15 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -10

Way to grind, big fella! I know Al gave you some problems – dude’s crafty as hell, not much you can do about it. But you hung in there! Crashed the boards! You’re going to be super important with Bargs out. I hope you know that. I’ll be honest, I thought you’d be more muscular. Like a buffalo herder or something. You’re actually surprisingly supple. Will you hug me? If you hug me I’ll give you some Jolly Ranchers I have in this neon backpack. Actually, I’ll trade you some Jolly Ranchers for a smoke. You don’t smoke? Will you just scratch my head then? Just scratch my head. Right there. That’s it. Have you seen my backpack?

Pablo Prigioni, PG

22 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +21

Dude, you should be playing more. For real. You’e SUCH a good leader, SUCH a good person. The ball just MOVES when you’re on the floor, you know? There’s a quiet INTENSITY there that the guys just follow. It’s really profound. I love you, Pablo. I do. I love you. You’re Spanish, right? Have you been to Ibiza? We should have a cigarette.

Iman Shumpert, SG

19 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +12

Dude, you were fiiiine. One of those nights when the shadows suited you better, you know? Man, that word feels pretty good to say. Shadows. Shhhadows. SHOOOOODOOOOWS. SHAdows. HA! Man, gimme a hug, Shump. Bring in close! Oof. You’re the best. Do your lungs feel hot? My lungs feel hot. The air, it’s really warm. It’s nice. Do you have any gum? You know what they should invent? Cigarette gum. Two birds with one stone! HIGH FIVE SHUMP! HA! HIT IT AGAIN! AHAHAHAHAHAHA P.L.U.R.R.!!!!!!

Raymond Felton, PG

28 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +28

C’mere you fluffy little penguin you! AHHHHHH! HUG ME! SERIOUSLY SQUEEZE ME! HARDER! HARDER! HARDER! AHHH! You had it GOIN tonight, Ray! That stutter-step drive for the lay-in, the way you looked to find Melo when you knew he was dialed in – beautiful. You know what else was beautiful? That three you hit the front of the rim and just kind of rolled gently into the hoop. That kind of night! SO SOFT! Is your skull soft? Lemme touch it. HA! It’s weird, though – why do you keep dribbling off your feet? Does it feel good? My feet feel good right now. We should totally foot-wrestle! Dude it’ll feel so good! C’mere Ray! Foot-wrestle me Ray! Ray I love you! I’m thirsty. We should drink some water and smoke, like, 10 cigarettes.

Toure’ Murry, SG

7 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -8

Toure’! Toure’ you scamp! Toure’ I’m not gonna lie, you KIND OF LOOK HIGH ALL THE TIME. I know you’re probably not. Yeah that stuff’s bad. Hey when you’re getting really low on defense, do you feel like a GIANT PERAGRIN FALCON, LIKE SWOOPING DOWN ONTO A HIMILAYAN TREE BRANCH! Cuz that’s what I imagine it feels like. Feels. Feeeeeeelz. Dude can I bum a smoke?

Tim Hardaway Jr., SG

31 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +20

TIMMY! LET ME JUMP ON YOU! AHAHAHAHAHA! TIMMY! Wait, Timmy, hold on. That first jumper? The one that hit EVERY PART OF THE RIM before it dropped through. I wanted to be the rim. How GOOD would that feel? HAHAHAHAHAHA. You sure got your touches late! You made the most of them! I love you, Tim. And how you SMOKED McBob on that drive! HAHAHAHAHA. Hey, do you have any smokes?

J.R. Smith, SG

31 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +25

JR MAN where are we man oh my god these LIGHTS these BODIES this is AMAZING! You were SO in the GROOVE tonight, man. Some SICK passes. That lob to TYLER? Some real CHEMISTRY there man! Then that behind-the-back to Ray in the third! HOLY SHIT! JR HOW LONG HAVE I BEEN JUMPING UP AND DOWN FOR? IT FEELS LIKE A WEEK I’VE BEEN JUMPING UP AND DOWN BUT SHIT IT FEELS AMAZING. I’M SO THIRSTY. I WANT TO LICK SOMETHING. I’M GOING TO GO LICK THE DJ. WILL YOU STAY HERE? JUST STAY HERE? ACTUALLY DO YOU HAVE ANY GUM?

Jeremy Tyler, PF

22 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +9

DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUDE! WE BELIEVED IN YOU, JEREMY! YOU JUST NEEDED YOUR CHANCE AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENED! FLYING AROUND THE RIM AND POKING THE BALL AWAY FROM JEFFERSON AND THROWING DOWN LOBS AND TWO-STUFFING PARGO. I FEEL LIKE I’M SAYING THESE WORDS BUT YOU WON’T HEAR THEM FOR AT LEAST A FEW SECONDS – THIS WEIRD DELAY. MY MOUTH WON’T STOP. ANYWAY YOU TOTALLY BELONG AND HAVE YOU EVER ROLLED YOUR OPPOSING FINGERS AGAINST ONE ANOTHER LIKE THIS – ISN’T THAT AMAZING IT’S LIKE THERE’S MARBLES ON THE ENDS OF YOUR FINGERS OR LIKE THAT PAINTING WHERE BRO’S TOUCHING GOD’S FINGER DUDE HAVE YOU EVER TRIED EATING A GLOWSTICK HAHAHAHA DON’T IT’S REALLY BAD IT SENT ME TO THE HOSPITAL AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA IMSOTHIRSTY!

Carmelo Anthony, SF

39 MIN | 23-35 FG | 10-10 FT | 13 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 62 PTS | +34

HAHA NICE SHOT MELO WHOOO! AH NICE SHOT AGAIN! DUDE, MELO CAN’T MISS THIS IS CRAZY GIVE ME A HUG HOLY GOD HE HAS 16 ALREADY I JUST BIT MY TONGUE AND IT DOESN’T EVEN HURT DUDE HOLD MY HAND AHHHHH 22 IN THE FIRST QUARTER DUDE HE COULD GO FOR 60 HOW NUTS WOULD THAT BE YEAH GIVE ME THAT WATER SORRY I DRANK IT ALL OMG OMG OMG OMG HE’S NOT MISSING WHAT’S HE GOT LIKE 30 NOW DUDE WHAT COLOR WERE THESE THINGS ANYWAY 32 34 ARE YOU KIDDING ME AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HE HIT IT FORM HALF COURT 37 GET THE %$@& OUT OF THERE ARE YOU$#%&* KIDDING ME HE’S GUNNIN’ FOR KOBE I CAN FEEL IT YEAH WE SHOULD PROBABLY GO TO THE BATHROOM NO DON’T WORRY ABOUT ME I’LL JUST BE WASHING MY HANDS UNDER WARM WATER WOW NOW IT’S HOT JUST LIKE MELO GET IT HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH OK JUST GONNA GNAW ON THIS PORCELAIN SINK JUST GIMME A SEC OK QUICK GIMME A CIGARETTE I’M GONNA SMOKE IT IN THIS STALL OK I NEED WATER WAIT LET’S BUY FOAM FINGERS AND HIT EACHOTHER IN THE FACE HAHAHAHAHA THAT’S SO MUCH FUN UN OK BACK TO THE GAME OH MY GOD MELO AGAIN AAAAHHHHHHHHHHH! 40! 45! 50! HE’S GOT 55 WITH NINE MINUTES LEFT CAN I TOUCH HIM WHAT IF I TRY TO TOUCH HIM WILL THEY TACKLE ME THAT MIGHT BE KIND OF FUN I’M SURE THEY’D UNDERST – 60 JUST ONE MORE BUCKET PASSES KOBE PASS THAT PUNK HE DID IT OHMYGODI’MSWEATINGSOOOMUCH AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HE GOT KOBE BERNARD I LOVE YOU HE GOT KOBE QUICK SOMEONE TRACE THEIR FINGER ALONG MY PALM WHO HAS A CIGARETTE YES A MENTHOL IS FINE

Mike Woodson

Guh… GuhhaAAAAH *cough cough* Wait, where am I? Why am I naked? I feel like someone dropped an industrial-sized anvil on my face. Did I chew rocks last night? Was I gnawing on someone’s leg for multiple hours? Where’s my backpa–OH MY GOD! Who are you, and why are you in my apartment!? Don’t touch me!

Five Things We Saw

  1. After the joy wears off, after morning comes and the headache reins, we’ll still have this. We’ll always have this. This thing that was more than a mere display. More than a mere record, even. This taking back of what belongs in-house. This basketball poetry. This lambasted leader who has every right to want out of this twisted cauldron forever, but keeps coming back and blowing the windows off. A lesser leader would’ve surveyed the scene and sighed and said to himself “I’m saving it all for something better.” A lesser leader would rest on All-Star laurels.
  2. This leader went out and took what was his. This leader went out and took what was ours, and gave it back. This leader went out punished the pretenders. Most importantly, this leader knew that 62 was more important than 70. More important than 80 or even 90. Going for 70 would’ve been going for himself. Getting 62 and sitting? Getting just enough to regain house honor? He knows what this franchise means, not just to him and his teetering legacy, but to everyone.
  3. That it happened a day after Bargnani was ruled out of action for what could end up being the most crucial stretch of the season – set that aside. That it happened with Carmelo playing at what pretty much everyone agrees is his most effective position – let it go. That it happened against a team missing its best player and struggling with its own long-term plans – doesn’t matter. If Woodson doesn’t understand all that by now, he’s never going to understand it.
  4. Instead, try something different: Be proud. Be proud that we finally have that number back. Be proud it was a kid from Brooklyn that did it. Be proud it doesn’t belong to that guy anymore. Be proud The King was avenged. Be proud, but beware. Beware that whatever happens in the next half-year – be it failure or forsaking – makes us forget.
  5. Never forget.
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32 comments on “Knicks 125, Bobcats 96: The Ecstasy of Victory

  1. BigBlueAL

    Most pts scored ever by a player with 0 to’s. Amazing.

    Wasnt looking forward to this game at all, didnt even pay too much attention to the first few minutes of the game. By the time Melo hit that half-court shot I was so fired up I couldnt wait for the 2nd half to start lol. I guess this is what being a fan of a team is all about, even when things are going horrible and you dont even want to watch the games, something amazing like this happens. Incredible night none of us who watched will ever forget.

  2. max fisher-cohen

    That was an insane shooting performance. The last game I saw live like that was when Steph Curry came into MSG and put up 54 on 11-13 from 3 point range. And the Knicks still won. For a while I thought the Knicks were gonna lose anyway, but then the Knicks forced some turnovers and got out on the break (the break? What’s that? Oh, when you have athletes you can sometimes actually get easy points of turnovers. I forgot about that.) at the end of the second quarter. Woodson showed some flexibility, sticking with Tyler and Hardaway Jr. and just letting the offense carry the team.

    In the end though the Knicks’ problems still remain the same. Anthony is not going to shoot 10-15 on well defended mid range shots every game. The Knicks still need a way to start the offense other than through Melo isolations, and with Felton reverting to the mean this season, I just don’t see where that’s going to come from. And then there’s the issue of Stoudemire and maybe Bargnani coming back and mucking up the spacing.

  3. maxwell_3g

    so at least now I know that I am not the only one who thinks Toure looks high all of the time. Im pretty sure that this is why I like him.

    and can we acknowledge the personal sacrifice that BARGS made on that drive to the hoop to allow all of this to happen??

  4. Robtachi

    My girlfriend and I were around MSG at 6:30 and she impulse surprised me with tickets to the game tonight. This was my first live game in almost 20 years. I’ll cherish the memory of tonight for many reasons and I’m going to have to marry this girl.

  5. lavor postell

    Melo is really good at scoring. Also tell me somebody is watching this Indiana-Sacramento game? Paul George getting an invisible and-1 three to tie the game with 15 seconds left.

  6. er

    Lavor you beat me to it. They got hosed. It’s either no foul or a foul before the shot. The refs sure love Paul George lol

  7. lavor postell

    They got hosed. It’s either no foul or a foul before the shot. The refs sure love Paul George lol

    I really don’t get how you can make that call, but Melo couldn’t get continuation earlier in the season against Houston AT HOME!! People can dismiss it as us being sour about calls and the Knicks not being as good as Indiana, but at some point during the playoffs last year, the Pacers simply became darlings of NBA officiating and it has carried on into this season. George is a great player, but even great players shouldn’t get phantom fouls that decide games.

    And to make it worse Hibbert just got away with an obvious foul with under a minute left on Williams as he drove into the lane. I’m a 100000% sure that’s a foul on virtually anybody else in the league.

  8. lavor postell

    Sorry to digress, but Melo was just incredible tonight. Scored in every which way tonight and showed off the full repetoire. No turnovers is also really impressive, especially considering the pressure the Bobcats were sending his way in the fourth. I hope for Melo’s sake he gets to play with another star at some point in his career so that there won’t be anymore qualifying of whether or not he is a great player. I also hope that it happens with the Knicks after he takes a discount contract to give them flexibility.

    And yes I am still very bitter about losing to Indiana last year. That is a loss I will never get over for a variety of reasons we don’t need to re-hash right now.

  9. Jack Bauer

    62 is ridiculously impressive no matter who it’s against or who they’re missing. Way to regain the MSG record Melo. Love the 13 rebounds and best of all 0 assists, ” I am feeling it and letting it fly tonight!” . Lets enjoy this, unfortunately reality likely sets back in next game.

    @#4 you have to marry her now, obviously a good woman.

  10. Kahnzy

    @ Robtachi

    Just don’t tell her that it was Melo’s 62pt game that brought you to that decision.

    Unless she’s a diehard Knick fan herself. In which case, make sure the wedding cake is in the shape of the number 62.

  11. lavor postell

    Hahahaha via Chris Herring

    JR, jokingly: “[Melo] better play the 4 the rest of the year!” This shouldnt be a joke by now, though.

  12. ruruland

    Players in NBA history (since 1963) to score more than 60 points in a single game

    Kobe Bryant (3)
    David Thompson
    David Robinson
    Michael Jordan (3)
    Pete Maravich
    Rick Barry
    Wilt (7)
    Shaq
    King
    T-Mac
    Iverson
    Arenas
    Gervin
    Malone
    Tom Chambers
    *Just-a-guy

    Just-a-guy got his 60 points in the fourth fewest minutes among the 28 60-point games. Jordan had two or fewer assists in two of his three 60-point games. Nine of the 16 60pt games scored with a full box score had the scorer with three or fewer assists.

    http://bit.ly/1dD8S1q

  13. dtrickey

    In all seriousness though this was a great recap for a great game.

    I was in the process of moving house this morning when the game started and had the game on in the background. After Melo made 22 in the 1st I felt moving needed to take a back seat. I am so happy I was able to see that performance. I’ve never seen Melo so locked in, at least not like what he was for an entire game.

    Great moment for the team, Melo, franchise and fans. I’m not sure what the win means for the rest of the season, but hopefully it sparks something or at least fires them up in the interim. We’ll see though.

  14. ruruland

    I’ve never seen Just-a-guy that focused (expressionless) before, could he be one the verge of the best run of his career? I have a hunch.

    When he gets into one of these, he normally stays in it for at least a few games.

    Last season, starting in Miami w/ 50 point game
    7 games: 38.6/10.6/2.3 1.6 to 56/50/84 (team went 6-1)
    How did it end?
    Against Indiana in game he re-injured shoulder.

    Last season, starting against Denver at home (Melo’s first and only win against former team so far
    10 games: 34.4/5.5/2.4 1.7 to 50/43/86 (team went 7-3)
    How did it end?
    Beginning of fast at home against Boston

    2011-12
    End of season tear under Mike Woodson, starting against Orlando in which he found his shot with an injured hamstring
    15 games: 30/7.4/3.4 2.8 to 495/443/828 (team went 10-5)
    How did it end? Last game of season against Clippers in which Melo played 28 minutes.

    Melo scored 35 or more points 5 times, including 43 against the Bulls on Easter, 42 against the Heat, 39 and 36 against the Hawks.

    2010-11
    Just-a-guy’s last run in Denver.
    Started: 37 point game in New Jersey amidst trade rumors.
    10 games: 31.6/6.7/1.7 2.9 t.o. 53/44/87 (team goes 4-6)
    Ended: Trade to New York. Melo didn’t play for entire week.

    Push to make playoffs with Knicks
    Started 36 point game in loss to Charlotte which put Knicks out of playoff position
    8 games: 31.5/8.4/2.6 1.8 to 50/45/86 (team went 7-1 to make playoffs)
    Ended: Final game of season in non-consequence contest with Chicago.

    2009-10
    Transformed Melo after WCF run
    First 30 games of 2009-10 season prior to elbow injury in Sacramento
    30.4/6.2/3.3 2.9 to 48/35/87 (team went 20-10)
    Melo had six games of 38 or more points in that stretch, and five games of 40 or more points.

    Won’t bore with anymore, but I think this one is going to be the biggest/best of his career.

  15. ruruland

    Few comments about the game

    The Knicks hardly switched. That might be the most positive development of the season, outside of the Bargs injury (forcing Woodson to go back to what everyone else knows works) and Melo getting locked in.

    The Knicks as a team had their legs last night . Let’s remember, the 5 game losing streak started on a 4 in a 5. Teams are normally still gassed in the first game after the 4-in-5.

    Jeremy Tyler/Cole and Prigs taking Bargs’ minutes will likely make a massive difference. The return of Amar’e, MWP and K-Mart should be positives.

    Is it possible that the shift back to a more conventional defensive approach will re-energize Chandler?

    Could the insertion of Prigs back into the starting lineup allow for a more effective Felton, helping put JR Smith (who looked spry last night) into more catch-and-shoot situations?

    Things could go south again at any moment, but there’s still hope.

  16. Brian Cronin

    Not a huge deal, but seriously, ESPN, the Women’s Australian Open Tennis champion gets the top headline on ESPN.com over Melo getting 62? Weird.

  17. chrisk06811

    rurland: Please don’t ever post a list like that again unless Bernard King’s name is at the top where it belongs.

  18. Cock Jowles, #1 Nostradumbass

    PERFORMANCE OF HIS CAREER. I ADMIT IT WHOLE-HEARTEDLY. THAT LINE IS OUTRAGEOUS.

  19. RicanKnick

    I was following the game from the ESPN gamecast app and from twitter with my kids. We were so pumped up!!! Great night!!! Amazing display by Melo (who as you should know has a lil’ bit of Rican blood in him, so that made it even sweeter for me and my kids). We are very proud of him. I’m extremely happy that the MSG scoring record belongs to a NY Knick once again as it should be.

    AND GREAT RECAP JIM!!!!(@siloeandino)

  20. Douglas

    Things could go south again at any moment, but there’s still hope.

    lol ruru you have truly learned what it means to be a Knicks fan

  21. Kahnzy

    Man, it’s gonna be a looooooong time before I have that much fun watching a Knick game again. Not that I won’t have fun anytime soon (well…maybe next season anyway), but those kind of games are once-in-a-generation.

  22. knickster

    As luck would have it, it was the first game I miss this miserable season. Oh, well…

    Happy for Melo and everyone who had the luck to watch his great performance.

  23. Hubert

    Me too!

    After all the Friday nights where I stayed in to watch the Knicks, this one I go out to a friends bday dinner.

    Even worse, he’s my best Knicks fan friend, too, and I had offered to take him to the game 2 weeks ago but he wanted to do a dinner.

    When I got the score center alert and saw the line, we both lost it.

    Btw, I think the last Friday night Knicks game I didn’t watch was Jeremy Lin’s 38 v LA.

  24. max fisher-cohen

    The point guard play is going to stop this team from ever being consistently good, but ruru’s right. Melo seems to have streaks every season where he’s unstoppable. I wouldn’t be surprised if he dominates for the next couple weeks. Which will be fun but also has the potential to be disastrous for hte Knicks if it allows them to go on denying that this team needs big time changes.

  25. ephus

    The defensive rotations were so much better last night. If someone was picked on the perimeter, the help shifted over from the perimeter and the guy who died on the pick headed straight for the corner shooter. I did not see Chandler, Aldrich or Tyler ever get stuck chasing a perimeter player.

  26. d-mar

    @30 I agree, but it helped a lot that Kemba Walker was out, the Knicks normally make him look like first team all NBA.

  27. danvt

    As long as we have Carmelo we have plenty of offense. I was impressed with us playing three legit seven foot tall centers. I’m actually happy Bargs won’t play. I like Amar’e very much as a man, and he’s a polished scorer, but his defense hurts more than his offense helps. Even K-Mart is really overmatched at his size at the 5 spot. I don’t miss the guys that are hurt.

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