Carmelo Anthony said he is on a “personal vendetta’’ to erase the Knicks’ identity as a club that can’t play defense. Anthony heard it all offseason after the four-game playoff sweep to Boston and doesn’t want to hear it again.
This season, the Knicks’ image is changing fast. Last night, they played better defense than the league’s best defensive club in a 85-79 statement win over the red-hot, Atlantic Division-leading Sixers at the Garden. It was the Knicks’ fourth straight victory.
Neither Anthony nor rookie sensation Iman Shumpert could throw the ball into the Hudson, but who cares except maybe coach Mike D’Antoni, whose team is winning with defense, as strange as that sounds.