Sunday, May 6, 2012
Woody on playoff win: 'It's about time'
By Ian Begley
The New York Knicks' organization had waited 4,024 days for this.
New York snapped an NBA-record 13-game playoff losing streak -- which spanned 4,024 days -- on Sunday when it pulled out a thrilling, 89-87, win over the Miami Heat in Game 4 of their first-round series.
"It’s about time. This team is good enough to win [playoff] games," interim coach Mike Woodson said. "There’s no doubt. We’ve proved we can beat anybody in this league."
The win may have been doubly significant for Woodson. The fact that Woodson won a playoff game will no doubt factor in to the Knicks' decision on whether or not to bring him back next season.
But that's a decision for another day.
On Sunday, the Knicks soaked in the screams of the sold-out Garden crowd after Dwyane Wade's potential game-winner bounced off the rim.
"The fans were tremendous tonight," Carmelo Anthony said after scoring 41 points -- 12 in the fourth quarter -- to lead the Knicks. "Despite all the stuff that is going on with our team, for us to come together and win this playoff game tonight, it was a great feeling."
Amare Stoudemire complimented the fans, some of whom had endured 10 seasons without a playoff win.
Stoudemire played a key role in the win by scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds against Miami.
He was a game-time decision before tipoff because of the laceration to his left hand. He suffered the self-inflicted injury on Monday night after hitting the glass encasing of a fire extinguisher in frustration.
"It was a great win for us and our fans, to get over the hump," he said. "To finally get over the hump now, it's great."