Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Halftime Report: Knicks 53, Hornets 48
By Ian Begley
The Knicks are in New Orleans on Tuesday looking to start another winning streak. The 'Bockers rebounded from their first loss on Sunday with a win over Indiana, and, after opening the season with six straight wins, are looking for their second straight 'W' against a Hornets team without Anthony Davis (ankle).
So far, they’re off to a good start.
Here are a few observations from the first half of Knicks-Hornets:
For a while in the first quarter, it seemed Carmelo Anthony was on his way to a 50-point night.
Anthony scored 19 of the Knicks’ 28 points in the opening quarter, outscoring the Hornets by two on his own.
He burned the Hornets both inside and outside, finishing with eight makes in nine attempts.
Anthony slowed a bit in the second quarter as the Hornets threw quicker double teams at him. He finished the half with 23 points on 10-for-15 shooting and was able to find his teammates out of the double-team, finishing with four assists.
WOODSON WOUND UP: Mike Woodson was whistled for a technical foul -- again. Woodson has three technical fouls in his past three games. Clearly, the Knicks coach doesn’t mind paying fines to the league office.
SO-SO DEFENSE: The Knicks allowed New Orleans to hit five of its first eight 3s to climb back into the game in the second quarter after New York had established a 14-point lead. For the half, the Hornets have hit half of their field goals and 7-of-14 3-point attempts. The Knicks appear to be a half step slow on rotations and Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace were both burned on drives to the rim.
New York, though, is out-rebounding New Orleans, 24-15, including 7-1 on the offensive glass. They’re also taking care of the ball, with just four turnovers.