The Knicks sweated it out for a half, which is the most they have sweated this season.
After falling behind at halftime and actually looking beatable, the Knicks swatted their first challenge away with the ease of the NBA’s lone undefeated team.
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There is still disappointment for Knicks center Tyson Chandler that the Mavericks â?? who won the 2011 NBA championship â?? did not have a chance to repeat as players, including himself, landed across the basketball landscape.
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What Jason Kidd does on a basketball court never has been in dispute. The big shots. The astounding defense. The how-in-blazes-did-he-do-that passes. The triple doubles.
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Even Yogi got 16 games.
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Mavericks flamboyant owner Mark Cuban didn’t take back his harsh words about Knicks guard Jason Kidd, joking before the game he would “boo the hell out of him” last night.Nevertheless, Cuban, surrounded by reporters before last night’s Knicks-Mavericks game, didn’t add fuel to the fire. Kidd…
Tyson Chandler's arms reached above everyone else's inside the paint after Carmelo Anthony's layup rimmed off. In one motion, Chandler grabbed the ball, got hit on the arm and slammed home the miss as the Garden erupted with noise midway through the fourth quarter.
With 6:09 remaining in the fourth quarter, Tyson Chandler soared over Dallas’ defense, following up on a Carmelo Anthony missed layup, and threw down a vicious, two-handed putback dunk.
Chandler flexed his arms, shouted a few words in the direction of the opposing bench — and fired up his team. The Knicks went on to put away the Mavericks, 104-94, en route to their best start (4-0) since the 1993-94 season.
“I just wanted to give my guys some energy,” said Chandler, who finished with 11 points and nine rebounds (five offensive) in 30 minutes.
Crazy as it sounded to some, Mike Woodson wanted Carmelo Anthony to be more than just a scorer this season.
He wanted him to rebound, play defense, share the ball and generally lead this Knicks team with a dose of selfless play.
“I’m trying to get Melo to do everything,” the coach said earlier this week.
Some around the NBA had to hear that statement and chuckle.
Anthony, of course, has the reputation of a talented scorer with little regard for other aspects of the game.
The schedule hasn’t exactly been grueling and the competition, except for the Miami Heat, has been average at best. But we are now into the second week of the NBA season and not only are the Knicks in first place but they have yet to lose a game.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban saw Dirk Nowitzki grow as Dallas’ superstar into a 2011 NBA champion, surrounded by experienced veterans such as Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler.