he True Fans Bleed Blue and Orange: Moment Number Six: Triple OT Victory Over Suns Leads Knicks to Six Game Win Streakh

Monday, January 08, 2007

Moment Number Six: Triple OT Victory Over Suns Leads Knicks to Six Game Win Streak

2006 started off on the right foot for the Knicks, winning the first six games of the new year. In a game that tallied over 273 points the Knicks had four players who scored at least 23 points (Lee, Curry, Marbury, Crawford), and two players (Lee and Curry) with 15 rebounds. Incredibly the Knicks had no player foul out of the game, while the Suns, who eventually lost in the Western Conference Finals, had four. Once the thrilling triple overtime game ended (140-133) the Knicks season seemed to be looking up.

Considering the Knicks won only 23 games all last season, the six game win streak accounted for 26% of the victories. In what effectivley became known as "the streak" the Knicks blew out the Washington Wizards and the Cleveland Caviliers during the streak, both teams made the playoffs. In addition, the Knicks won an overtime thriller against future Western Conference Champions, the Mavericks. The Knicks were catipulted by the spectacular play by their perennial stars, Marbury, Curry, and Crawford.

Marbury averaged 23.3 ppg and 9.3 assists. While Curry gave us a glimpse of this season, averaging 17.2 ppg and 7.8 rebounds. Marbury's partner in crime, Crawford, was not able to play all six games due to injury, however in his four games he averaged MVP type numbers, with 25.8 ppg, 7.5 rebounds, 4 assists, and shot a terrific 49% from the field.

Inevitably the Knicks won only 10 games after the streak ended against the Raptors, however those six games showed us what the team was capable of doing when playing it's best, something we have seen much more this season. We have already had a few more memorable streaks this season. Hopefully they'll be a few more.


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