Carmelo Anthony & Co. Win Through Defense, Get New York Knicks Back On Track

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Carmelo Anthony & Co. Win Through Defense, Get New York Knicks Back On Track
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Yes. You're reading that correctly, The New York Knicks played some defense tonight. They finally looked like an team with stars like Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups should. 

Sure, it's only one game, and that doesn't change the fact the Knicks have been playing utterly terrible lately. I am also aware that Jameer Nelson didn't play tonight, so don't bother saying that in the comments. 

All I'm saying is that the Knicks are a better team then they have shown the past 10 games before tonight. Tonight is more of an indicator of how the Knicks can really play.

Melo was tonight's hero, scoring 39 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. He was easily the leader on offense and probably defense, as well.

Bench players like Sheldon Williams and Jared Jeffries made big defensive plays, especially late in the game. 

Williams, before fouling out, forced a huge jump ball on Dwight Howard with 1:50 left in regulation. He then came up with a huge offensive rebound with 1:23 left to maintain possession for the Knicks. 

Stoudemire didn't have the monster night we have been used to this season, but he did score 20 and grab nine rebounds. 

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In my opinion, this is likely the way the Knicks will start to look for at least the rest of the season. By giving Amar'e more rest, and allowing Melo to be the leading scorer, because after all, that is what he does best. 

Melo is proving that he can adapt his game to the Knicks' system. He played defense, which is definitely what the Knicks need more of, and also, a crucial play in the end of regulation, showed that Melo isn't quite as greedy as the pundits like to say. 

With time winding down in regulation, Melo drew three defenders and found an open Toney Douglas who got a big basket (Dwight Howard was guilty of goaltending). 

Like I said, this is only one game, but for the Knicks and Mike D'Antoni, it means a whole lot more. They were slipping fast, and this allowed them to, at the very least, get some confidence back into their game.

For the first time in a while, the Knicks will have some momentum. This win will be a great one to take into Wednesday night's game where the new-look Knicks and new-look Nets will square off for the first time.  

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