Carmelo Anthony delivered perhaps his biggest shot of the season, a 3-pointer that secured a thrilling overtime victory against Derrick Rose and Chicago.
Despite the pleasant memories of eliminating the top-seeded Heat in the 1999 playoffs, the Knicks can’t count on a top-seeded team faltering against them, as the Bulls did on Sunday.
Six days after surgery, Jeremy Lin said he nearly had full range of motion in his left knee, but a return to the Knicks is still a ways off.
Derrick Rose scored 29 points for Chicago after missing 12 games with an injury, but he shot 8 for 26 and committed 8 turnovers.
Kevin Garnett scored 20 points and Rajon Rondo dished out double-digit assists for his 17th consecutive game to help lead the Celtics to a 103-79 win over the struggling 76ers on Sunday.
Courtney Lee scored 19 of his 25 points in the first half, leading the Houston Rockets to a 104-87 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.
Kevin Durant scored 23 points and Oklahoma City had a 24-0 run bridging the third and fourth quarters en route to a 91-75 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night, snapping the Thunder’s season-high three-game losing streak.
Tony Parker scored 28 points and the San Antonio Spurs won their 11th straight game, beating the Utah Jazz 114-104 on Sunday night to maintain their slim lead atop the Western Conference.
Gerald Green scored a season-high 32 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 36.7 seconds left in regulation and a high-flying dunk in overtime, leading the New Jersey Nets to a 122-117 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.
LeBron James scored 26 points, Chris Bosh finished with 22 points and nine rebounds, and the Miami Heat steadily pulled away to beat the Detroit Pistons 98-75 on Sunday night.
Kevin Garnett scored 20 points and Rajon Rondo dished out double-digit assists for his 17th consecutive game, finishing with 15 to help lead the Boston Celtics to a 103-79 win over the struggling Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night.
The San Antonio Spurs stayed mere percentage points in front of Oklahoma City for the Western Conference lead after both teams won Sunday to intensify their battle in the final month of the NBA season.
The Knicks might never see Derrick Rose play this poorly again. The question, though, is can Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks defense be this good when it matters.
For the Knicks at the Garden on a big day for Mike Woodson’s team, it all came down to Carmelo Anthony’s ability to make ridiculously long 3-pointers in the clutch â?? and Derrick Rose’s inability to match Anthony in his return from a groin injury.