January 17, 2013: The New York Knicks defeat the Detroit Pistons in London
Beginning in the 2010-11 season, the NBA expanded their horizons by playing regular season games overseas. While this was not their first experiment in doing so – the NBA held a couple games in Japan during the 1990s – it became more of a tradition beginning this season. The games would be brand as either the “NBA China Games,” “NBA Japan Games,” or “NBA London Games.”
December 6, 2012: Raymond Felton leads the Knicks with 27 points to down the Miami Heat.
In a nationally televised game on TNT, Raymond Felton took charge and led the New York Knicks – sans Carmelo Anthony & Amare Stoudemire – to a 112-92 victory on the road against the Miami Heat & the Big 3. Continue reading →
November 25, 2012: Carmelo Anthony scores 29 points to lead Knicks past Pistons 121-100
The Knicks jumped out of the gate with a hot start to the 2012-13 season. In their matchup against the Pistons, they showcased the formula that would lead the team to their first Eastern Conference Semifinals since the 1999-2000 season. Continue reading →
April 16th 2013: Knicks bring back Quentin Richardson
In what should not have been a surprising move, the Knicks signed Quentin Richardson to the team. The Knicks wanted to sign additional veteran depth at both the SG and SF positions and thought Q-Rich could fit that role. Additionally, the team wanted an additional body that could play in the final game while the main rotation players would rest. The Knicks waived both Rasheed Wallace (in the next day) and Kurt Thomas (previously) due to career ending injuries.
Q-Rich played in the final game of the regular season where he grabbed 10 rebounds in 28 minutes. Q-Rich was largely a caricature of himself when he returned to the team, just like Kurt Thomas & Marcus Camby. He played quite sparingly in the playoffs, only appearing during blowout games.
April 14th 2013: Knicks clinch #2 seed in the Eastern conference by defeating the Indiana Pacers
The Knicks defeated the Indiana Pacers at home 90-80 to officially clinch the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference. The victory helped clinch the Knicks’ highest playoff seeding since the 1993-94 season. The Knicks also became the Atlantic Division champions, their first division title since the 1993-94 season. The team eventually won 54 games that season. The 54 wins were the highest since the 1996-97 season (the Knicks were 57-25 that season).
Coincidentally, the Knicks would face the Pacers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Knicks had not reached the semis since the 1999-00 season. Unfortunately, the Knicks lost home court advantage in Game 1 and eventually lost the series in 6 games.
April 3rd 2013: Carmelo Anthony scores 40 points to lead the Knicks past the Hawks
The day after Melo tied his own career high with 50 points, he came back today on national TV to score 40 on the road in a 95-82 victory against the Atlanta Hawks. Melo scored 40 on 17-27 from the field and basically carried the team to the win.
After missing a few games earlier in the month when he got his knee drained, Melo initially struggled shooting from the field. He bounced back in the previous night with 50 points and had another very efficient effort in scoring 40. Melo would score 41 in their next matchup against the Bucks to give him 8 40 point efforts. That tied Kobe Bryant with the most 40 point games in the regular season.
December 26, 2012: JR Smith hits game-winning basket to stun the Phoenix Suns
In what almost amounted to be a post-Christmas Day hangover, JR Smith helped the Knicks avoid a back-to-back disappointment with the game-winner. This was his 2nd game-winner after stunning the Charlotte Bobcats earlier in the month.
JR came off the bench to score 27 points in 37 minutes. Despite not hitting a three point shot, he had 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals. Jason Kidd scored 23 points, on 8-16 from the field and 5-8 from three, with 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Tyson Chandler had a double double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
The team was without both Carmelo Anthony & Raymond Felton. Melo missed the game with a hyperextended right knee he suffered when Marcus Camby fell on his leg during the Christmas Day game against the Lakers. Felton injured his finger going after a loose ball in the Lakers game and was subsequently out for the next 4-6 weeks.
After the Suns took a 2 point lead in the 1st quarter, the Knicks took a 10 point lead by halftime. Jared Dudley helped lead the Suns to tie the game after 3 quarters. JR and Kidd helped keep the Knicks in the 4th until the former hit the game winning basket at the buzzer.