Well, I guess you can't lose 'em all.
The New York Knicks legitimately outplayed an NBA team on Friday night, and they held off the traditional late-game choke job long enough to defeat the Boston Celtics, 101-95.
Carmelo Anthony paced New York with 22 points, five rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 39 minutes. Too much playing time for a guy who was supposed to be resting his balky left knee? Absolutely. But these are the Knicks, and this is what they do.
Naturally, there was no way this team could win without some kind of horrific injury. Iman Shumpert left the game in the second quarter with what turned out to be a dislocated left shoulder. This could keep him out a while, you guys:
If you're looking for a timetable on Iman Shumpert's injury, worth noting that Dwyane Wade missed 6 weeks in 2007 with a dislocated shoulder— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) December 13, 2014
Tim Hardaway Jr. did an admirable job of filling in at the 2, chipping in a team-high 12 points in the first half. He didn't maintain that scoring punch through the rest of the game, but he did tie a career high with five rebounds. CLEARLY HE IS TROLLING MELO THE KNICKS ARE A CIRCUS Y'ALL!!!
And so a basketball was won. By the New York Knicks. While I wouldn't have minded a loss here for tanking purposes, it's always nice to watch the men in blue and orange wipe their butts all over the hallowed Boston parquet (metaphorically speaking, of course).
Matt Miranda will have a recap later tonight. Enjoy this moment!