Knicks Morning News (Thursday, Mar 22 2012)
The Knicks, led by Amar’e Stoudemire’s 21 points, improved to 23-24, only three games behind the 76ers for the division lead.
Kobe Bryant scored 30 points, and Pau Gasol added 27 points as the Los Angeles Lakers stopped the host Dallas Mavericks’ four-game winning streak with a 109-93 victory Wednesday night.
As Amare Stoudemire walked into the New York locker room with a towel over his shoulders, the coaching staff followed. When the door closed, one jubilant voice inside screamed: “How ‘Bout Those Knicks!”
Kobe Bryant scored 30 points, Pau Gasol added 27 points and nine rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers stopped the Dallas Mavericks’ four-game winning streak with a 109-93 victory on Wednesday night.
JaVale McGee rebounded a missed free throw following a basket with five seconds remaining and dunked to give the Nuggets a 116-115 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
Tim Duncan had 21 points and 15 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-100 on Wednesday night despite playing most of the game without All-Star guard Tony Parker.
Kevin Durant had 32 points and nine rebounds, Russell Westbrook added 19 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder shut down Blake Griffin and beat the Los Angeles Clippers 114-91 on Wednesday night.
Joe Johnson hit a tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation and knocked down a baseline jumper with 10 seconds left in overtime, giving the Atlanta Hawks a 103-102 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
Rookie Klay Thompson scored a career-high 27 points, David Lee added 25 and the Golden State Warriors ended a four-game losing streak with a 101-92 win over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.
Nene had 22 points and 10 rebounds in his Washington debut, and the Wizards defeated New Jersey 108-89 Wednesday night in a game marred by the third-quarter ejections of Nets’ All-Star point guard Deron Williams and head coach Avery Johnson.
Amare Stoudemire had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead the New York Knicks to their fifth straight victory, 82-79 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
Ryan Anderson hit seven 3-pointers and scored 29 points, Dwight Howard added 28 points and 16 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic held off the Phoenix Suns 103-93 on Wednesday night.
John Lucas scored all 13 of his points in the fourth quarter, Luol Deng had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls rallied to beat the Toronto Raptors 94-82 on Wednesday night.
LeBron James plans to play Friday night when Miami visits Detroit, even though the Heat star is continuing to deal with the effects of a scary collision with Phoenix’s Grant Hill.
Carmelo Anthony’s recent statement about having “an energy that I haven’t had so far this season” under the Knicks’ interim coach Mike Woodson has raised eyebrows and questions.
After winning five NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers, Derek Fisher chose the West-leading Oklahoma City Thunder as the team where he wants to go for No. 6.
Jared Jeffries will sit out of the Knicks game in Toronto on Friday because of a sore right knee.
Jeffries aggravated his knee in the third quarter on Wednesday night in Philadelphia.
He will get treatment on the injury over the next two days and plans to get an MRI on Saturday or Monday. He said after the game that his knee is so swollen that ‘it’s hard for me to have control of what happens.’
Jeffries did not rule out the possibility of playing on Saturday against Detroit.
Jeremy Lin went to the bench midway through the third quarter on Wednesday with a terrible stat line: 1-for-11 from the field, two points, two assists and a turnover.
One veteran Knick had a simple message for him as he sat down.
“This is when you have to prove that everything you’ve done up to this point is legit, [prove] what you’re made of,” Jared Jeffries told Lin.
Howard Smith/US PresswireJeremy Lin shook off his struggles and pointed the Knicks to victory in the fourth quarter.
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With Jeremy Lin scoring 16 fourth quarter points, including eight free throws in the last 63 seconds to salvage an awful shooting night, the Knicks defeated the Sixers 82-79 to move to within three games of first-place Philadelphia with 19 games left.