May 13, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) holds the MVP trophy before game two of the second round of the 2012 NBA playoffs game one of the Eastern Conference semifinals against he Indiana Pacers of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Knicks Back On Track - Handle Brooklyn In MSG

Dec 19, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams (8) and power forward Kris Humphries (43) defend New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

It didn’t take long for the New York Knicks to bounce back from a home loss to the Houston Rockets. Last night the Brooklyn Nets paid a visit to the Madison Square Garden, and the Knicks managed to tip the season series against their cross-city rival in their favor, with a 100-86 victory.

After Carmelo Anthony went down with an ankle injury against the Lakers, the Knicks showed just how dependent the team is on their MVP candidate. In the two games that Anthony missed, the Knicks just barely beat the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers at home, winning by 103-102. Just two days later James Harden and Jeremy Lin were in town, handing the Knicks their first home loss of the season.

Anthony was not at 100%, but decided to make a return last night, putting up his ninth 30+ game of the season by dropping 31 points on the Nets. While performances like that have been a regular sight this season, it was still an impressive way to come back. Knicks’ guard Raymond Felton made an effort to commend his teammate after the game:

“Carmelo is a special player man. He’s one of a kind. He can really score the basketball. He took time off but he came in every day, got his treatment, got in the weight room, so he didn’t lose anything. He looked good out there.”

Speaking of Raymond Felton, he and Tyson Chandler have hooked up time and time again this season, providing highlight reel material for the fans. Last night the two players were part of what was arguably the play of the game, as Felton threw up a lob which Chandler finished in spectacular fashion:

With Anthony back in the lineup, and as the praise continues to rain over the star forward, the Knicks keep cruising through the season in impressive fashion. Amar’e Stoudemire is getting closer and closer to his season debut, which could very well make the Knicks even scarier and more dominant than they have already proven to be.

Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 31 points last night, as Tyson Chandler contributed with a double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing 12 boards. J.R. Smith was efficient off the bench, scoring 19 points on 7-11 from the field.

Deron Williams scored 16 points and dished out 10 assists, but turned the ball over 5 times for the Nets. Brook Lopez also had a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards.

The Knicks will now prepare for a trip to Chicago to take on the Bulls on Friday, while the Nets will have 3 days off to ponder over their recent shortcomings, as the Philadelphia 76ers come into town on Sunday.


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