Larry and Co. Defeat New Orleans for the Knicks 1st Win of the Season..yes.. I meant Larry HughesNovember 3, 2009
Is Larry Hughes for real or is this another mirage in the Knicks desert? Mr Hughes pictured above, poured in a season high 20 points on 8 for 13 shooting along with 6 rebounds and some decent defense against one of the L’s best point guards CP3. Larry who received 2 DNP’s for the start of the season replaced the cold shooting Jared Jefferies in the Knick starting lineup in yesterdays 117-111 victory over the Hornets of New Orleans.
Larry continued to impress Coach D’antoni by hustling on defense and playing good solid basketball on both ends of the floor. Hughes, who was jabbed and prodded by the media early in season on why he wasn’t in the rotation, kept his mouth shut and let his game do the talking. He has responded by playing well of the bench in Saturdays loss to the Sixers and working himself into the starting lineup alongside Duhon, Gallinari, Chandler and Lee.
Gallo who has been scorching as of late only managed to score 9 points on 2 for 9 shooting. He however still made the most out of his 39 minutes of play by dishing out 5 sweet dimes, 3 in the 1st which ignited a 14-0 Knick run, grabbing 2 boards and blocking 1 shot. He worked well with D Lee on pick and roll plays and showed his grittiness by driving to the basket instead of settling for jump shots. All in all the Rooster has shown not only a picture perfect stroke from outside but some real basketball acumen on the court.
David Lee contributed 28 points and 8 rebounds while battling his counterpart Emeka Okafor who enjoyed his best game as a Hornet with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Duhon was a major factor in D Lee’s points as they picked and rolled New Orleans to death. Duhon also enjoying his best game of the young season added 18 points with 9 dimes and finished with a crucial lay up in crunch time to seal the Knicks 1st victory of 09-10.
It also looks like Al Harrington has found his niche. He again provided a spark off the bench offensively dropping 24 points and 8 assists in 30 minutes of play. He contributed both offensively and defensively late in the game as he scored 3 consecutive times with 2 drives to the hoop and a big 3pointer. He also blocked a Chris Paul shot attempt with 3 minutes left to end the hopes of a Hornet comeback.
The Knicks are averaging 5 blocks per game this season, they only averaged 2 BPG last season. Jared Jefferies needed 3 stitches above his right eye after some contact late in the 3rd quarter while driving to the hoop.
They resume their 5 game home stand tomorrow when the Pacers visit town at 7:30PM.