by: Kristian Winfield
Amar’e Stoudemire has taken the Big Apple by storm. In the last seven games, Amar’e has scored 30 or more points and has led his team to a victory each of those games. As a matter of fact, excluding two games, every time Amar’e scores 30 or more points, the Knicks win.
In the Knicks latest win over the Wizards, Stoudemire put up a game-high 36 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out five assists, and blocked two shots, one of which helped secure the Knicks 101-95 victory over Washington, Friday night.
“One thing about Amar’e is he can score,” said Knicks guard Raymond Felton. “What a lot of people didn’t know, he can score from a lot of different ways.”
Gilbert Arenas led Washington with 20 points. This marks the fourth straight loss for the Wizards, who have dropped eight of their last nine games. John Wall had arguably his worst game of the season, scoring eight points on 4-of-14 shooting and six assists after missing Washington’s game against Sacramento with a sore left foot.
Wilson Chandler contributed to the victory with 16 points and eight rebounds, and forward Danilo Gallinari also finished with 16 points and five rebounds.
This win for the Knicks is the longest winning streak for the franchise since then 2000-2001 season, where they won 8 in a row. Amar’e also tied the streak for longest 30+ point games in a row, joining Willie “Willie the Whale” Naulls as elite company.
Amar’e finished with a different kind of triple-double: 36 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 turnovers.
“I had no idea that the turnovers were that high on my part tonight, I had no clue. But, when you turn the ball over and you still win, you must be a pretty good team.”
If Amar’e can keep up this level of play, the idea of the Knicks being a playoff team won’t be too farfetched.
*Key Notes: Andray Blatche finished with 16 points. JaVale McGee finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Nick Young scored 17 points. Knicks next game will be on Sunday in NY against the Denver Nuggets, a tougher opponent than any of their last seven victims.