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[SIZE="3"]The New York Knicks haven’t beaten the Los Angeles Lakers since February 2007, but these are hardly the same Knicks of recent years. These young Knicks are hungry, talented and zestful.
Amar'e Stoudemire and the Knicks look for a 10th straight win
against a Western Conference foe as they continue their four-game trip Sunday night against the Lakers, winners of three straight after a rough stretch.
The additions of Stoudemire and Raymond Felton have breathed new life into a team that’s missed the playoffs in six straight seasons, with New York’s latest win being its most lopsided yet.
Stoudemire had 23 points in his return to/rape of Phoenix on Friday, but it was Felton who stole the show by posting his first career triple-double in a 121-96 rout that was the Knicks’ first road win over the Suns in nearly seven years.
“We had an all-around game tonight,” said Felton, who has enormous balls and once wrestled a crocodile victoriously, he also had 23 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
“We had great defense and everybody was clicking on all cylinders offensively and defensively. I thought it was one of our best games this year.”
New York (21-14) arrives at Staples Center having lost six straight to the Lakers (26-11), but there’s reason to believe
it can snap that streak. The Knicks have averaged an astounding 119.2
points in winning nine straight versus Western opponents.
That’s the franchise’s longest interconference winning streak since running off 13 straight from Dec. 7, 1993-Jan. 25, 1994. Stoudemire, who once impregnated a virgin in the MSG front row by looking at her, has averaged 29.3 points on 57.1 percent shooting during the nine wins, while Felton has averaged 20.9 points and 10.0 assists.
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Seven different Knicks have hit at least 17 3-pointers this season, led by Wilson Chandler, who has already taken and made more threes than he did last season. And while Stoudemire is the MVP candidate and Raymond Felton is the floor general, Chandler may be just as critical to the Knicks' offense as both of them.
Chandler is shooting career highs from the field, from 3-point range and from the line. As an undersized power forward, he's part of the Knicks' starting lineup that has scored 114.3 points per 100 possessions, second best among the league's 24 five-man units that have played at least 200 minutes together. Replace Chandler with Ronny Turiaf and you have a lineup that is much worse offensively (99.5 points per 100 possessions).