With the Knicks off to their strongest start in years, they're an interesting team to watch. After showing promise, but failing to put away the weaker squads of the NBA in past seasons, New York had always lacked consistency.
To be truly respected in The Association, the Knicks need to continue putting forth the same effort each and every game. Not letting up whatsoever, and certainly not allowing a worse-off team to get the best of the them, are two things they need to keep doing.
New York's schedule thus far has been one of the toughest in all of the league, but on Tuesday night, the Hornets represented a bit of an easier matchup. It was up to the Knicks to use that to their advantage.
And that's exactly what they did. Despite not playing with Anthony Davis, the Hornets actually showed a little fight, erasing an early Knicks lead in the second quarter. After being up by double-digits in the fourth quarter, could New York still falter and regress back some to their old frustrating ways?
There was no allowing that to happen on Monday night. Though New Orleans stayed in the game early, in the end, the Knicks shut them down and blew past their opponent.
Earning a 102-80 victory, the game almost looked like a battle between an older brother and his younger sibling. The younger one has a lot to prove, and is anxious to fight back, but in the end, the older one tends to be too much, displaying a superior nature and mentality to them.
Whereas the Knicks have so far found success early by putting forth a balanced effort on both sides of the floor, they were specifically led by two special performers in New Orleans.
Taking charge from the get-go, Carmelo Anthony poured in 19 points in the first quarter alone, helping the Knicks acquire a commanding lead. The forward continue to go to work all game long, toying with the Hornets' defense to finish with 29 points.
But as Anthony continued to dominate and go to the hole, Raymond Felton quietly put together a solid offensive effort as well. Knocking down five daggers from deep, the point guard let his long-range shooting carry him to a 15 point outing. He also added 6 assists.
With the formidable pair leading the way, the rest came easy for the Knicks as they overpowered the younger and unproven Hornets. In the fray of the win, James "Flight" White had his best outing to date as a Knickerbocker. Emerging off the bench, the swingman added 7 points and 4 rebounds. The 30 year old also put a stamp on his solid effort by slamming home a ferocious runaway dunk later in the contest.
White and his team will continue looking to prove they have the consistency to maintain a strong enough run to make this season a special one. They take on the Mavericks later Wednesday night in Dallas.