Danilo Gallinari took charge for his squad, scoring 17 of his 28 total points in the third quarter as the the New York Knicks went on to defeat the Denver Nuggets 109-104 yesterday at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks netted 34 points collectively during the block and held the lead from there. Despite Carmelo Anthony’s 36 points for the Nuggets, it was Gallinari who eventually prevailed for New York to earn their 26th win of the season.
“You can see him clicking, taking the challenge,” said Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni. “Now the challenge for him will be, he needs to be clicking every night and that’s not who’s in front of him. That’s a little bit of, if he wants to go to that next level, then the game’s got to be the challenge. It can’t be, ‘OK, I got Carmelo or Kobe or whoever.’”
The 47-24 Nuggets have now lost two straight heading into tonight’s contest against the Boston Celtics. They are set to matchup with a handful of tough teams that includes Orlando, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Los Angeles, San Antonio and Phoenix. The Knicks are next scheduled to hit the road to face the Suns on Friday before arriving in Utah to challenge the Jazz on Monday.