Knicks Morning News (Thursday, Apr 19 2012)
The Knicks played their last game in New Jersey Wednesday night and had similar results as they have had at home lately, which was appropriate since they were treated as if they were the home team.
The Celtics clinched the Atlantic Division title with their win Wednesday over the Magic, but they left the Knicks with a small window to catch Orlando for the sixth spot in the East.
Orlando’s loss left the Magic with a 36-26 record, three games ahead of the Knicks (33-29) with four to play.
Orlando’s magic number to freeze the Knicks out of the No. 6 seed is two.
If Orlando wins twice, or New York loses twice, the Knicks will have no chance to finish in sixth.
Carmelo Anthony drilled a 3-pointer, turned and nodded in approval. He drilled another jumper and stuck his tongue out while he trotted down court. He played to the crowd and the crowd played back. It looked like he was playing at home.
And it sounded like it, too.
When Anthony stepped to the free throw line with a little more than four minutes remaining in the Knicks’ 104-95 win over the Nets on Wednesday night, the crowd rained down the “M-V-P!
Carmelo Anthony had another superb night on Wednesday.
He hit his first six shots and finished with 33 points, topping the 30-point mark for the third straight game. He had 21 in the first quarter, just one fewer than the Nets, in a performance that left Tyson Chandler shaking his head.
“He’s unbelievable,” he said.
Making it even more unbelievable? Twenty-four hours earlier, Anthony put together a 35-point, 12-rebound, 10-assist outing against the Celtics.
The Knicks moved four games over .500 for the first time this season and strengthened their bid for the seventh playoff spot by beating the Nets.
If Charlotte (7-54) loses its final five games, it will finish with the worst winning percentage in N.B.A. history.
The recent presentation to the N.B.A.’s board of governors suggested that the league might become the first of the four established leagues in the United States to allow its players to wear advertising.
Paul Pierce nailed a vital jump shot in the closing seconds to ensure the Boston Celtics clinched the Atlantic Division title with a 102-98 win over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.
Kobe Bryant walked out of the visitor’s locker room to a few dozen fans waiting with hugs and handshakes for the Los Angeles Lakers’ star and a circle of reporters ready to stick a microphone near his face.
Tiago Splitter and Gary Neal scored 17 points each, leading the San Antonio Spurs to a 127-102 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night for their fifth straight win.
James Harden scored a career-high 40 points, including making 5 of 8 3-pointers, and the Oklahoma City Thunder dealt Phoenix a blow in its scramble to make the playoffs with a 109-97 victory over the Suns on Wednesday night.
Devin Harris had 27 points, including a career-high six 3-pointers, and the Utah Jazz continued to jockey for a playoff spot with a 112-91 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.
At the tail end of an otherwise undistinguished season, Mike Bibby has stepped in with significant performances in two straight victories for the Knicks.
Kenyon Martin helped beat his old team with a tip-in and blocked shot in the final half-minute, leading the Los Angeles Clippers past the Denver Nuggets 104-98 on Wednesday night.
The Boston Celtics clinched the Atlantic Division title on Wednesday with a 102-98 win over the Orlando Magic with Paul Pierce nailing a crucial jump shot in the final seconds to seal the game.
Dirk Nowitzki should have been tired after playing 96 minutes in consecutive overtime losses.
Need a big basket? Give the ball to Paul Pierce. Sharp passes and solid foul shooting? He provides that, too.
Rudy Gay scored 26 points and Mike Conley added 20 as the Memphis Grizzlies clinched a playoff berth for the second straight season with a 103-91 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.
Backed by unprecedented funding, Argentina can sow seeds of Olympic success in London this year looking to reap the rewards at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016, the government’s Sports Secretary Claudio Morresi told Reuters.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons aren’t playoff-bound, but there still is something to play for: lottery ping-pong balls. The Cavaliers seem to be embracing the lottery more than the Pistons.
Tyson Chandler of the Knicks is a leading contender for the N.B.A.’s Defensive Player of the Year award.
Larry Brown has never been a long-term guy, to put it mildly, but that hasn’t seemed to stop suitors like S.M.U.
LeBron James wants some rest. He also wants to play.
Tracy McGrady led six players in double figures and the playoff-bound Atlanta Hawks built a 37-point lead in the first half on the way to a 116-84 rout of the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
Carmelo Anthony scored 21 of his 33 points in the first quarter, and the New York Knicks beat the Nets 104-95 on Wednesday night in their last trip to New Jersey.
Jrue Holiday made five 3-pointers and scored 19 of his 24 points in the third quarter as the Philadelphia 76ers kept their hold on the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot with a 103-87 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
The long-range shooting of Steve Novak and J.R. Smith carried the Knicks to their win over Boston Tuesday.
But after going a combined 15-for-20 from behind the 3-point arc against the Celtics, they predictably came back to reality in Wednesday night’s 104-95 victory over the Nets in Newark…
The Knicks will miss this place.
Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks ransacked and pillaged the sold-out Prudential Center last night with virtually all of the 18,711 fans reveling in the Knicks’ wire-to-wire 104-95 romp over the Nets in their last visit to Jersey.
It better be different in Brooklyn…
Ok, show of hands:
How many of you woke up depressed this morning because the reality hit you hard, sometime around 4 in the morning, that there will never be another Knicks-Nets game in New Jersey ever again?
All caps? Italics?
THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER KNICKS-NETS GAME…
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With the crowd chanting “M-V-P,â? Carmelo Anthony finished with 33 points in 34 minutes as the Knicks bid farewell to Springsteen and the Vince Lombardi rest stop by defeating the soon-to-be Brooklyn Nets 104-95.
Baron Davis, who has struggled through injury and illness all season, missed Wednesday night’s game with a stomach virus. The veteran point guard is expected to be available for Friday’s game in Cleveland.
Mikhail Prokhorov once said he’d turn Knicks fans into Nets fans. It’s safe to say none of the thousands were swayed Wednesday night in Newark.