Knicks' playoff picture

April, 18, 2012
4/18/12
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The Knicks take on the Nets for the final time in New Jersey on Wednesday. But they don't really have time to reflect on their memories.

There are more pressing matters at hand.

The Knicks enter play a game up on Philadelphia for the seventh seed in the East. The Knicks also hold the head-to-head tie-breaker over the Sixers.

They are 2 1/2 games up on Milwaukee, which sits in ninth place. The Knicks are tied head-to-head with Milwaukee. The second tie-breaker is conference record, if necessary.

All three teams play sub-.500 teams. Philly is at Cleveland and Milwaukee travels to Washington.

Also, the Knicks are 3 1/2 games behind Boston for the Atlantic Division lead with five games remaining for the Knicks. If the Celtics win and the Knicks lose on Wednesday, New York will be eliminated from contention for the division title.

IT'S BEEN A WHILE: Carmelo Anthony had 35 points and a triple double on the same night that three of his teammates (Tyson Chandler, J.R. Smith and Steve Novak) had at least 20 points. That stat line put the Knicks in rare territory.

It's been 21 years since a team had a player record a triple double with at least 35 points while three of his teammates had at least 20.

The last time it happened in a non-overtime game?

January 15, 1991 when the Trail Blazers did it in a 132-117 win at Minnesota. Clyde Drexler had the 30-point triple-double while Mark Bryant, Jerome Kersey and Terry Porter all scored at least 20 points.

Also, Anthony scored 42 against the Heat on Sunday and followed it up with a triple double. That's only the fifth time in the last seven seasons that's happened. LeBron James has done it on three occasions.

KNICKS BOUNCE BACK UNDER WOODSON: The Knicks are 5-0 following a loss since Mike Woodson took over on March 14.

"Coach Woodson's done a great job of making adjustments," Novak said.

Woodson also made a nice adjustment on Tuesday night when Novak was fouled after shooting a 3-pointer. Novak fell backward toward the bench but Woodson caught him as he made it toward the sideline.

"I think he fouled me too," Novak joked after the game.

Novak came off the bench to hit eight threes on Tuesday. J.R. Smith came off the pine to knock down seven. It was the fourth time in NBA history that a pair of teammates each hit at least seven treys in the same game but the first in which both players came off the bench to do it.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsC. Anthony 8.1
AssistsP. Prigioni 3.5
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2