NBA – Knicks conquer “Love-less” Wolves
By Reynaldo Seno
Mon, 24 Dec 2012
NEW YORK – JR Smith came off the bench all cylinders firing with his all around play both in the offensive and defensive end, finishing the first half with 13 points and five hand-outs. But it was Carmelo “Melo” Anthony’s heroics that kept the Knicks in the game and eventually the win, scoring a total of 33 points, all 19 of which came in the heat of that fourth quarter comeback.
It was a lethargic start by the Knicks as Nikola Pecovic, was a beast off the boards scoring at will while grabbing 12 boards to match his 15 points in the first half alone. As Luke Ridnour and Alexey Shved both chipped in nine points, and the T’wolves took an 11 point halftime lead at 55-46
The Wolves continued their dominance as they opened the second half with an 11 point lead. It looks like the Knicks are on their way to a second consecutive loss with starters Raymond Felton and Carmelo Anthony misfiring. But JR Smith and Tyson Chandler’s heads up play kept the Wolves on their toes. Chandler finished the game with 16 points and nine rebounds.
Still trailing by five points with at least 4 minutes to go in the fourth quarter the Knicks mounted a furious rally and went on an 8-0 run on Carmelo Anthony’s timely jumpers and penetrations.
“We didn't want to look back at this game later in the season and say this was a game that we shouldn't have lost....We picked it up defensively in the second half and we won the game." Carmelo Anthony was quoted by NBA.com.
The game was tied only once and the lead changed hands five times, concluding with the Knicks win, 91-94.
For the Wolves, Nikola Pecovic finished the game with 21 points, Alexey Shved with 18 points Luke Ridnour, JJ Barea and Ricky Rubio also with 14 points each.
JR Smith had a total of 19 points for the Knicks, Kurt Thomas and the usually reliable Steve Novak with four points apiece, back-up point guard Prigione with three points.
With the win the Knicks now tote a 20-7 standing in the Win-Loss column to pace the Eastern Conference. (Reynaldo Seno)
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