By grinding out a win against the Toronto Raptors, the Knicks have achieved a perfect 1-0 record so far this season. For Knicks fans, their optimism about Amare Stoudemire and the drastically different New York team may remain intact going into their next game against the more challenging Boston Celtics. In tonight’s game against the Raptors, the Knicks displayed their individual talents, the depth of their bench and most surprisingly, their defensive prowess, which probably won the game.
The Knicks were firing on all cylinders early in the game, building a 16 point lead over the Raptors, who lost Chris Bosh during the off-season to the star-studded Miami Heat. By the second quarter, the Knicks already had ten different players on the court for a significant amount of time and were showcasing the depth and talent of their bench. However, their huge lead in the first half was quickly dissolved by the onslaught of the Raptors’ offense brought upon by costly Knicks turnovers.
After the half, the Raptors seemed to have found some answers while the Knicks were left searching. The Knicks lost their lead for brief moments in the fourth quarter, but by a sudden jolt of life from Amare Stoudemire, who provided seven consecutive points late in the game, the Knicks survived and with it, the hopes of millions in the city of New York who are desperately seeking to purchase playoff tickets this season.
Another highlight of the evening for the Knicks was Wilson Chandler, a starter last season, who came off the bench with 22 points to lead the Knicks. Amare Stoudemire added 19 points and 10 rebounds, but committed 9 turnovers.