When in crunch-time, most teams, most coaches, would turn to their star player, but not the dysfunctional Knickerbockers. As we all know, they are not most teams. They are a team with the highest payroll in the NBA and the team with the 2nd worse record in the NBA. Surely if the Bobcats played as many games as the Knicks have, our fine New York team would actually be the worst in the NBA. Last night, however, the Knicks provided The Garden crowd with a 121-117 double-overtime victory in what had to be one of their most exciting wins of the season. Not hard, considering they only have eighteen.
At the end of last night's game, it wasn't Marbury, or the recently acquired Steve Frances or Jalen Rose that led a comeback against the Hawks. It was Nate Robinson, Jamal Crawford, Qyntel Woods and David Lee. The quartet brought the Knicks back from a 12-point deficit in the 4th quarter. The spark that came off the bench was so great that Larry Brown didn't want to remove the players, "I didn't think it would be fair to take them out. I wanted them to finish the game out." Robinson and Woods both had 18 points in the game and Crawford had 21. The question moving forward is whether the play in last night's game will mean more playing time for the relative no-names on the bench.
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