In a one-sided affair watched by several hundred people — and possibly even more on cable — the New York Knicks dismantled the New Jersey Nets on their home floor Friday night, despite the fact that Amar’e Stoudemire (ankle) didn’t suit up.
New York continued its recent winning ways, and is now victorious in six-straight games. Carmelo Anthony (25 points, 14 rebounds) and Chauncey Billups (22 points, 4 assists) once again played well for the Knicks, who seem to be hitting their post-trade deadline stride at just the right time.
Granted, the Nets were playing without their best player — having lost PG Deron Williams for the remainder of the season to wrist surgery — and three other starters, but the Knicks shot almost 42% from 3-point range and out-rebounded their pseudo-area rivals by 10 (48-38).
Yes, you read that right, the Knicks out-rebounded an opponent. And no, Charles Oakley was not signed to the active roster.
The Knicks retain sole possession of sixth place in the Eastern Conference, but perhaps more importantly, the win was the team’s 41st this season, guaranteeing at least a .500 finish. Diehard fans will recall that New York has not had a wining record since the 2000-01 campaign (48-34).
From the entertainment section, Nets .0000004563% owner Jay-Z’s foolish decision to throw an after-party in the Kentucky Wildcats’ locker room (after that team had clinched its NCAA Final Four berth) led to a $50,000 fine levied against New Jersey on Friday by the NBA.
When reached by this blog for comment, Jay-Z replied “Whatever, yo. That’s like .0000004563% of what I make. In a day.”