Knicks Edge Bobcats, Run Streak to Four Wins
The last time the Knicks were at Madison Square Garden they lost to the Houston Rockets to drop their record to 3-7. The game wasn't as close as the 104-96 scoreline indicated, and the new New York Knickerbockers were freefalling like bad boys who didn't even miss her.
The Associated Press account of the game that ran on ESPN.com reported that "The New York Knicks seem headed toward continuing their recent holiday tradition of being hopelessly behind by Thanksgiving."
But for the first time since I can remember they went west to get healthy. After a respectablish loss (and, yes, after years of putrid, soul-clattering defeats I do distinguish respectable losses from the rest) at Denver, Amar'e, Gallo and Raymond led the team to three straight wins in Oakland, Sacramento and lesser Los Angeles.
No longer toeing the edge of the abyss, the Knicks find themselves firmly in the undeveloped playoff picture after holding on for a win over Larry Brown's Charlotte Bobcats. The Knicks were pushing and penetrating early last night, looking like the team that had won those games on the road rather than the one that lost those ones at home last week.
Toney Douglas and Rony Turiaf helped stake the 'bockers to a large lead, but the 'cats clawed back into it thanks to a flurry of Knicks turnovers early in the fourth. The beat reporters on the sidelines re-wrote their ledes several times during the second half. The first story was about Douglas, then it was the collapse then it was the Landry Fields of Dreams as he put a tourniquet on the Knicks' hemorrhaging lead. Then the story was the inability to get stops, and lastly it was about Felton laying in a few key free throws to ice his old squad.