Knicks Morning News (Monday, Apr 16 2012)
Carmelo Anthony carried his team, scoring 42 points, but LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh led Miami to victory.
Andrew Bynum had 23 points and 16 rebounds, and Pau Gasol had 20 points and 10 rebounds to help defending N.B.A. champion Dallas in overtime.
While Anthony has been on a scoring binge in the playoffs, the popular narrative around the team has been that the most prudent approach is to keep the ball in his hands.
Arron Afflalo scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half, leading the Denver Nuggets to a 101-86 win over the Houston Rockets on Sunday night in the opener of a crucial home-and-home set between playoff hopefuls.
Eric Gordon scored 18 points and the New Orleans Hornets won for the fourth time in five games, upsetting the playoff-contending Memphis Grizzlies 88-75 on Sunday night.
Derrick Rose scored 24 points, including a tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons for the 15th straight time, 100-94 in overtime Sunday night.
Marcus Thornton scored 20 points and made the winning jumper with 3.4 seconds left, lifting the Sacramento Kings to a 104-103 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.
DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points and the injury-riddled Toronto Raptors beat the Atlanta Hawks 102-86 on Sunday night for their second straight win over a playoff-bound team.
Jameer Nelson scored 21 points and the Orlando Magic clinched a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference with a 100-84 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.
Rajon Rondo had 20 points and 16 assists to help the Boston Celtics beat the Charlotte Bobcats 94-82 Sunday night despite playing without three of their star players.
Sure, Pau Gasol and the Los Angeles Lakers are well aware a regular-season sweep means nothing compared to a playoff sweep.
Amar’e Stoudemire, recovering from a back ailment, could rejoin the Knicks on Wednesday against the Nets. Stoudemire will still be a starter, Coach Mike Woodson said.
Playoff-bound Indiana draws only 14,064 fans a game to its home court.
If the Knicks strategy is for Carmelo Anthony to score between 50 and 60 points, this is going to be a short playoff run. Anthony scored 42 points Sunday in a 93-85 loss to the Heat.
The Miami Heat sent a message on Sunday, all right. Actually they sent a few â?? and not only to the Knicks.They delivered one to all those Knick fans who think their favorite team misses Jeremy Lin more than it misses Amar’e Stoudemire.
Tyson Chandler’s left knee appeared to buckle and suddenly the Knicks didn’t look so dangerous anymore.
The Knicks lost to Miami on Sunday, ending a nine-game home winning streak and a two-day stay in seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
And things only got worse for New York the rest of the day.
The Celtics beat the Bobcats on Sunday night, on a night when Doc Rivers decided to pull a Gregg Popovich and rested Boston’s Big Three. The Celtics’ win gave them a 4½-game cushion over the Knicks for first place in the Atlantic Division with just six games to go.
Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier. Knicks and Rangers playoff runs. The Concert for New York City. Political conventions.
The Garden has hosted them all.
And the building will play homage to them all after the second phase of Garden reconstruction is complete.
“Paying tribute to the Arena’s storied history is a priority for us,” Madison Square Garden president and CEO Hank Ratner said.
The 6th floor of the Garden will feature “Memorable Moments Every Day,” a visual retrospective of 366 classic Garden moments.
Knicks guard J.R. Smith, who was a teammate of Carmelo Anthony’s in Denver, has seen this before â?? this torrid scoring streak Anthony is currently riding. But he has never seen it come in the clutch the way this one has in recent games with the Knicks’ playoff life…
A powerful dose of confidence awaited the Knicks yesterday at the Garden, where they entered the day having won their last nine games.
A win over the Heat would have served a critical dual purpose for the Knicks: It would have enhanced their tenuous playoff position with the regular season…
The Heat probably have nightmares of Knicks center Tyson Chandler scowling in the fourth quarter after another blocked shot. Chandler became the defensive key to Dallas beating Miami in last June’s NBA Finals.
But yesterday was a different fourth-quarter vision of Chandler, wincing and limping after banging his left…
There was something missing. At the end of an adventurous week for the Knicks, at the start of another one, it wasn’t buzz, even though Madison Square Garden never quite sounded the way it had last week, Easter Sunday, an improbable comeback against the Bulls and two remarkable shots…
It was the Carmelo Anthony Show, but not a Winning Show.
The Miami Dream Team got the win, got the 3-0 season sweep, and had LeBron James and Dwyane Wade dominate late while closing the door on the Knicks with a smashing final six minutes.
But Anthony’s Knicks came…