They stayed sharp! The Knicks opened the first and fourth quarters with some junk, but everything else they did against the Bucks Sunday night looked as lovely as the previous 4 games. They defended on a string, they ran the floor on a string, they passed on a string ... they did on everything on a string. They peed and pooped on a string. Terrible way to treat the string.
Every Knick worked. Carmelo Anthony provided a quintessential 2016 performance, peppering his distribution and defense with delicious buckets. Jose Calderon played really smart defense on Michael Carter-Williams and got after tons of loose balls. Robin Lopez gave Greg Monroe his buckets but did fine work on both backboards. Kristaps Porzingis had me gurgling like a happy baby for most of the second half. Lance Thomas and Derrick Williams made sure the bench didn't suffer. Let's just look at some stuff, I don't wanna talk anymore.
Melo created so much. He looked terrific shooting and creating for himself when he had a defender on his heels:
.@carmeloanthony w/ the powerful drive to the rack! #Knicks lead Bucks 20-18 #NBAVote #NYKvsMIL pic.twitter.com/yQKAoa9u5u— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) January 11, 2016
And, as has been the case, Melo was just as eager to get his friends on the board:
Melo to @kporzee https://t.co/ZX8S26EERP— vineydelnegro (@vineydelnegro) January 11, 2016
#Knicks outscore MIL 31-19 in the 3Q & take an 82-60 lead into the 4th! #NYKvsMIL pic.twitter.com/zOpza65HMC— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) January 11, 2016
2 assists short of a trouble. That man is in an all-court groove like I've never seen.
I couldn't fit this all in one Vine, but Jose Calderon -- as part of a really terrific night -- orchestrated this whole alley-oop from the outset of the play. He swung the ball to give Derrick Williams time to position himself, then called it back to make the play:
So many crafty little plays, so many instances of smart footwork and sneaky hands on defense. Nice bounce-back game for Jose.
And uhhhhhh here's a whole mess o' Kristaps:
by @kporzee https://t.co/pFmOAi649y— vineydelnegro (@vineydelnegro) January 11, 2016
January 11, 2016
Dammmn bruh @kporzee pic.twitter.com/yV7XXB0wKw— vineydelnegro (@vineydelnegro) January 11, 2016
Follow @vineydelnegro. Follow Kristaps. Good job, Knicks.