The New York Knicks will try to extend their road winning streak to six games when they travel to New Orleans to face Chris Paul and the Hornets. The Knicks, winners of seven of their last eight, haven’t won six straight on the road since a seven-game run back in the 94-95 season.
New York is coming off a 111-100 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night at the Garden. The win improved their record to 10-9 as they are finally over .500 this late in the season for the first time since January 2005 when they were 16-15.
Amar’e Stoudemire led the Knicks with 35 points and nine rebounds. Last season against the Hornets, he averaged 26.3 points on 62.7 percent shooting.
It has been a terrific first season with the Knicks for Stoudemire as he has given everything they had hoped for since sigigng the $100 million dollar contract in July. He is averaging 24.1 points with 8.9 rebounds and two blocked shots. He has been outstanding from the field shooting 51 percent.
While Stoudemire has been as great as they hoped, it has been the play of Raymond Felton that has elevated the Knicks play of late. He is having his best season of his career so far averaging 18.2 points and 8.1 assists. Before the recent run, Felton struggled to adapt to the Knicks and their offense that saw them lose six straight. He was only averaging 15.5 ppg on 44.7 percent shooting and 7.4 assists before they went on their West Coast trip. Since then, he has been playing at an All Star level with 21.2 ppg on 49.3 percent and 8.9 assists.
The Knickerbockers will have a tough challenge ahead of them if they want to increase their winning ways. The Hornets have been tough at home with an 8-1 record and are 13-5 overall. They had an outstanding start to the season as they won their first eight games. They would start as good as 11-1 but have struggled as of late losing five of their last seven.
They are coming off a 89-73 victory over the Bobcats on Wednesday night. David West led the way with 22 points while Chris Paul dished out 14 assists.
Paul has been linked to rumors of coming to the Knicks when he becomes a free agent after the 2012 season. Paul attended Carmelo Anthony’s wedding in New York City during the summer and made a toast to Camrelo about forming their own dream trio with Amar’e at the Garden. Paul is averaging 16.3 points with 10.5 assists and 3.5 steals a game this season.
Where: New Orleans
When: 8 pm, MSG
New York (10-9)
PG- Raymond Felton
SG- Landry Fields
SF- Danillo Ganillari
PF- Wilson Chandler
C- Amar’e Stoudemire
PG- Chris Paul
SF- Trevor Ariza
PF- David West
C- Emeka Okafor