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Top 10 Knicks' moments of 2012

12/31/2012

From Linsanity to Mike D'Antoni's resignation to Jeremy Lin's departure to Carmelo Anthony's MVP start, the Knicks have had enough drama this year for a top-rated reality TV show.

Here is ESPNNewYork.com's countdown of the top 10 noteworthy moments of 2012, starting with No. 10:

10. J.R. = Just Remarkable -- It hasn't only been "Good J.R." this season, but it's been "Game-Winning J.R." On Dec. 5 and Dec. 26, he hit buzzer-beaters to beat the Bobcats and Suns. He's coming off three straight games with 25-plus points for the first time in his career.

9. Are you Kidd-ing? Who would've thought the future Hall of Famer would be that resourceful for the Knicks -- and play as many minutes as he's been playing? Not only that, he's among the league leaders in 3-point percentage. No one saw that coming either.

8. Melo mania vs. Lakers -- On Dec. 13 at the Garden, D'Antoni's highly-anticipated return, Anthony scored nearly half of his team's 41 points in the first quarter (22). He only had one miss. The Knicks didn't need much more Melo after that, as they cruised to the 116-107 victory.

7. The Heat are beat -- The Knicks' victory over the Heat on Nov. 2 wasn't a fluke. They did it again on Dec. 6. Both times, the Knicks won by 20 points and were hot from 3 -- 19-for-36 and 18-for-44. After losing to the Heat 4-1 in last season's playoffs, it was some nice revenge.

6. Cross-river rivalry revs up -- After the Nets stole Game 1 in the Knicks-Nets' first-ever matchup in Brooklyn, on Dec. 11 at the Barclays Center, Anthony scored a season-high 45 points. Kidd hit the game-winning 3-pointer, which was facilitated by Melo's passing.

5. About time! After more than 11 years -- April 29, 2001, to be exact -- the Knicks won their first playoff game on May 6 against the Heat. Anthony scored 41 points, and Amar'e Stoudemire had 20 points and 10 boards in his return from a cut hand suffered after Game 2.

4. D'Flated -- When D'Antoni resigned on March 14, the Knicks had gone 0-6 in their previous six games, playing the worst defense in the NBA. When Mike Woodson took over, the Knicks posted an 18-6 regular-season record, playing some of the best defense in the league.

3. Waaaaaait, what? After weeks of build-up, on July 18, even after sources said the Knicks "will match any offer on Lin up to $1 billion," they passed on the Rockets' three-year, $25.1 million deal. However, Raymond Felton has stepped up this season through his injuries.

2. MVP Melo -- The "M-V-P" chants have been coming out early at MSG for obvious reason -- Anthony is the league's best first-quarter scorer. Overall, Melo is No. 2 in scoring (28.5 points per game), he's getting his teammates better involved and making more hustle plays on D.

1. Linsanity -- After mostly riding the bench, Lin erupted for 25 points in his first big minutes on Feb. 4 and soon became a worldwide sensation. Overall in 25 starts, Lin averaged 18.2 points, 7.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game, helping the Knicks earn a playoff berth.

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