Stoudemire’s perfect shooting sparks Knicks comeback
There had previously been concern over Amar’e Stoudemire’s potential contribution to the New York Knicks as he missed the initial 30 games of the season due to knee surgery. Amar’e Stoudemire lost his starting spot, returning from rehab and to add a scoring threat and much needed energy to the bench.
Amar’e Stoudemire was focused Saturday night, taking charge of the New York Knicks who were down 13-3 at that point on 1-for-13 shooting. The New York Knicks got the lead to 18-6, until Amar’e Stoudemire scored a dunk and a three-pointer on back-to-back possessions. Amar’e Stoudemire had seven points in a 19-4 run to propel the New York Knicks back in a leading position by the end of the first quarter 25-22.
The 30-year-old Amar’e Stoudemire was still shooting sharp in the second quarter, making the first basket on way to a 19-0 run by the New York Knicks. New York Knicks forward Steve Novak had three 3-pointers down the stretch, building a 44-22 lead with 7:06 remaining in the half. Amar’e Stoudemire left late in the first half.
Sacramento Kings guard Marcus Thornton scored the first point for his team in the stretch, but Steve Novak scored a three pointer to start off an eight point that extended the New York Knicks’ lead to 52-25.
Amar’e Stoudemire shot 6-for-6 in a 13, adding 13 points to the New York Knicks’ 56-33 score by break. The 10-year veteran Amar’e Stoudemire was shooting 9-of-9 after the third quarter, when the New York Knicks were up by a 45 point margin. Amar’e Stoudemire sealed his exit with a wave of cheers from the crowd following a jumper in the fourth quarter.
The New York Knicks’ were rolling so smoothly that the offense didn’t really rely on its’ leading scorer Carmelo Anthony, who was ironically tied for his season-low game with only nine points.
leading scorer Carmelo Anthony, who tied a season low with nine points
New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith finished with 25 points, Steve Novak had 15, while Tyson Chandler also contributed 11 points and 20 rebounds in the game. The New York Knicks had an overall well-rounded game shooting 54.7 percent from the field and 44.2 percent from beyond the arc while scoring 19 3-pointers. But the New York Knicks were also 7-11 from the free-throw line.
Meanwhile, the Sacramento Kings had trouble shooting from all corners, shooting 42.1 percent from the field, 28.6 percent from the arc and going 11-of-15 from the free-throw line.
Center Demarcus Cousins led the Sacramento Kings with 25 points and nine rebounds, while reserve guard Jimmer Fredette had 14 points as well as 2 rebounds, and forward Thomas Robinson added 11 points as well as four rebounds off the bench.