Don’t look now but the New York Knicks are once again a legitimate NBA team. By defeating the Toronto Raptors 116-99 on Sunday, the Knicks are now 12-9 after winning their fourth straight game. New York is in second place in the Atlantic Division — 4.5 games behind the Boston Celtics and 3.5 games up on the third place Raptors.
Perhaps most impressive is the fact that the Knicks have won seven straight contests on the road. Against the Raptors, Amare Stoudemire led the way with 31 points and a season-high 16 rebounds. In his last five games, Stoudemire is averaging 32.2 points and 12 rebounds per night.
“We’re still on the way to getting better,” said Stoudemire. “We’re going to continue to work, going to continue to watch film, we’re going to stay hungry and see how good we can be.”
Aside from Stoudemire, the biggest reason for New York’s improvement has been the play of new point guard Raymond Felton. In his latest outing, Felton had 18 opints and eight assists. Over his last five ballgames, the point guard out of North Carolina is averaging 19.4 points and 9.2 assists.
Said Stoudemire: “The chemistry is phenomenal between myself and Raymond.”
For the first time in a long time, basketball fans in New York have something to be excited about. Going forward, this Knicks club should keep getting better and better.