The New York Knicks just keep rolling.
Behind 29 points from Carmelo Anthony the team defeated to New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday to push their league-best record to 8-1. As ESPN noted, the team overpowered the injured Hornets who were missing No. 1 draft pick Anthony Davis.
The Knicks hit 14 three-pointers in the game, including five from Raymond Felton, who finished with 15 points. Tyson Chandler added 12 rebounds for the Knicks.
With the win, the Knicks have won two straight games after suffering their first los of the year. The team is now 8-1 for only the third time in franchise history, and this year’s squad has some good company. Both other New York Knicks teams to start 8-1 — the 1969-70 squad and 1972-73 — both won NBA championships.
The Hornets were playing without Davis, who was ruled out before the game due to tenderness in his right ankle. His replacement, Ryan Anderson, finished with 15 points.
The win solidifies the strong start the Knicks have seen this season. After nearly a decade in the weeds as incompetent coaching and general management relegated the team to the basement of the Eastern Conference, this Knicks squad has finally turned the corner
This year’s squad is playing good defense and getting the regular scoring contributions from Carmelo Anthony, and coupled with some key contributions from its older veteran players like Chandler and Marcus Camby, the Knicks could have what it takes to challenge the Miami Heat for supremacy of the East.