Saturday, March 23, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Knicks 110, Raptors 84
By Ian Begley
WHAT IT MEANS: The Knicks have been criticized for being too old. But it's hard to argue with their signing of 35-year-old Kenyon Martin.
Martin keyed New York's 110-84 win over Toronto with a monster 18-point, seven-rebound night.
The Knicks have won four straight and are 4-2 since Martin entered the starting lineup in place of the injured Tyson Chandler.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 28 points and eight rebounds. Melo played 30 minutes on the second night of a back-to-back, his first since getting fluid drained from his right knee. Anthony played 43 minutes against Toronto on Friday.
New York completed the sweep of the home-and-home against Toronto with ease, thanks in part to a season-high 14 steals on Saturday.
D-FENCE: With Chandler out, the Knicks have held four of their past five opponents under 95 points.
On Saturday, they held Toronto to 84 points and really bothered the Raps on the perimeter. Toronto had 18 turnovers (14 coming on Knicks steals) and shot just 4-for-23 from the 3-point line. Yikes.
MELO VS. FIELDS: Doesn't look like there's any love lost between Anthony and Landry Fields. Fields had a fantastic start to his rookie season with the Knicks but he wasn't the same player after Anthony came to New York.
So it was interesting to see Fields put a shoulder in Anthony's chest on a drive away from the basket early in the third quarter. After looking for a call on the play, Anthony shoved Fields and received a flagrant foul on the play.
But he continued to torch Fields for the rest of the period. He scored nine points in the third and had five rebounds.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KIDD: Before tipoff, rookie Chris Copeland took the mic and sang happy birthday to Kidd, who turned 40 on Saturday. Kidd had a typical Kidd game on his birthday, with three points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal in 23 minutes. His 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter gave the Knicks a 20-point lead ... J.R. Smith struggled early (three turnovers in four minutes), but turned it around from there, scoring 25 points and grabbing five rebounds. Copeland had 12 points in 20 minutes.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks will play the Celtics in Boston on Tuesday.