Carmelo Anthony carried the Knicks to an overtime win against Utah last night, surpassing Larry Bird on the all-time scoring list in the process.
The Knicks superstar had 30 points on the night to go along with his 9 assists and 7 rebounds.
He was helped by his 2 starting big men. Robin Lopez finished up with 22 points and 12 rebounds, and his defence was pivotal in getting the win.
The other starting big, was of course the rookie Kristaps Porzingis, who scored 16 points, along with 5 rebounds and 2 assists.
Lopez and Porzingis had 3 blocks each on the night! Impressive defence from them.
Derrick Williams added some firepower off the bench for New York. His hustle helped the Knicks to victory, his 18 points and 6 rebounds were crucial. Two of his rebounds were on the offensive end which emphasizes how hard he was working for New York. An impressive display.
The Jazz didn’t go down without a fight however. Rodney Hood led the scoring for Utah with 29 points, and was closely followed by Gordon Hayward who had 27. Gobert and Lyles were outscored and outplayed by the Knicks’ big men.
So the win for New York gives them their second in a row, both coming in overtime fashion. They’re record for the year is back to .500 with a 22-22 record. Their next game is tomorrow night against the Clippers at MSG, it will be their final game of their 3 game home stand. New York are now 9th in the East.
For Utah, the loss moves their record to 18-24. Despite a record below .500, they are 9th in the west, and still very much in playoff contention. Interestingly, Utah are second in the Northwest division. Oklahoma are the only team in the division with a positive record. The next game for Utah is in Brooklyn on friday night as they take on the Nets at Barclays Center.
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