New York Knicks: 10 Most Memorable Games of the 2010-2011 Regular Season
After overhauling their team with the acquisitions of Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks turned in their best season in 10 years, winning 42 games. There were ups-and-downs along the way but the Knicks now look like they could be a contender in the Eastern Conference for years to come. Here are the most memorable games of a memorable season.
#10: October 27 at Toronto
The Amar'e Stoudemire-era officially began with a 98-93 win in Toronto. Stoudemire contributed his first of many double-doubles on the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while fellow newcomer Raymond Felton added 15 points.
#9: December 15 vs. Boston
The Garden was rocking but Paul Pierce's last-second shot put the Celtics up 118-116 and Amar'e Stoudemire's three-pointer at the buzzer was ruled to be a split-second late. The loss snapped an eight-game Knicks winning streak but proved they could hang tough with any team.
#8: April 3 vs. Cleveland
The Knicks clinched their first playoff berth since 2004 with a 123-107 win over the Cavaliers. Cleveland had beaten the Knicks the previous three times they met, but Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, and Chauncey Billups combined for 76 points to avoid the season sweep and send the Knicks to the postseason.
#7: January 4 vs. San Antonio
#6: December 12 vs. Denver
Amar'e Stoudemire scored over 30 points for the eighth consecutive game to break Willie Naulls's franchise record, which was set in 1962. More importantly, the Knicks beat Carmelo Anthony and the Nuggets 129-125 in a frenetic game for their season-high eighth win in a row to coincide with Stoudemire's streak.
#5: April 6 at Philadelphia
Carmelo Anthony dropped 31 points on the 76ers including a three-pointer in front of Andre Iguodala to seal a 97-92 win. The victory moved the Knicks past the Sixers into sixth place in the Eastern Conference, which they would never relinquish.
#4: April 10 at Indiana
Carmelo Anthony hit the winning shot with 4.9 seconds left in a 110-109 victory over the Pacers. Then on the Pacers' final possession, he blocked Danny Granger's attempt to win the game. Granger hit a last-second shot to beat the Knicks a month earlier. The win sealed the team's first winning season since 2001.
#3: January 27 vs. Miami
The Knicks beat LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Dwyane Wade's sunglasses, and the Heat 93-88 for the first time since 2008. Danilo Gallinari and Landry Fields hit huge three-pointers in the closing minutes to put the game away in front of a raucous Garden crowd. James shot 7-for-24 from the field in the face of the Knicks' stifling defense.
#2: February 23 vs. Milwaukee
Carmelo Anthony made his Knicks debut auspiciously enough on Legends Night, as past greats like Harry Gallatin and Earl Monroe were being honored. Melo finished with a game-high 27 points and had his name chanted by the delirious crowd before the night was over in a 114-108 win over the Bucks.
#1: February 27 at Miami
The Knicks furiously rallied from 15 points down and Chauncey Billups hit a big three-pointer to give the Knicks the lead en route to a 91-86 victory over the Heat. In the biggest play of the year, LeBron James drove to the basket with the Heat down by 1 and had his shot blocked by Amar'e Stoudemire. James later missed a game-winning 3 at the buzzer as the Knicks left South Beach with the win.