Knicks look legit for one night


One of the criticisms of the New York Knicks during their six-game winning streak was that they racked up their wins against unimpressive opponents.

They got a victory they can feel good about on Wednesday night, beating the Indiana Pacers in the first game that Phil Jackson got to watch as team president. He saw his team put up a defensive effort reminiscent of when Jackson used to come to Madison Square Garden as Bulls coach in the 1990s

Pacers couldn’t make a shot …

The Pacers had one of their worst offensive games of the season.

They were 7 for 19 (37 percent) from the restricted area, tied for their worst field-goal percentage from that area all season (they shot 37 percent against the Dallas Mavericks on February 12).

They were also 5 for 23 from 3-point range.

Paul George had a brutal shooting day, finishing 4 for 17 from the field (he was 1 for 8 in the first half, 1 for 6 when guarded by Iman Shumpert). He’s 8 for 31 in his last two games. George had averaged 30 points in two previous meetings with the Knicks this season.

George was 2 for 7 on catch-and-shoot attempts, a shot he normally makes at a 45 percent clip.

But Carmelo and Amar’e could

Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points and got the better of George in a big way.

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Anthony was 8 for 14 for 19 points when defended by George. He averaged 13.2 points on 34 percent shooting against George in last year’s Eastern Conference semifinals.

Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire combined to shoot 20 of 38 from the field. The rest of the Knicks were a combined 12 for 44.

Stoudemire, who finished with 21 points, is now averaging 16.9 points in his eight starts this season.

The Knicks won despite shooting only 39 percent. The Pacers were 27-1 entering the day when holding an opponent to under 40 percent shooting

Elias Sports Bureau Stat of the Night

The Knicks are the first team to win seven straight games immediately following a seven-game losing streak since the 2003-2004 Golden State Warriors.

Only two other teams have done that in the last 30 seasons- the 1988-1989 Seattle SuperSonics and the 1992-1993 Houston Rockets.