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News » New York Knicks Getting Inside 2009-03-02

New York Knicks Getting Inside 2009-03-02

New York Knicks Getting Inside 2009-03-02
Now that Larry Hughes is beginning to settle in, Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni has put the versatile guard into the starting lineup in hopes of inspiring ball movement. Hughes has the ability to make more plays than Wilson Chandler can make.

And the extra perimeter defense is a bonus.

Hughes got 38 minutes Saturday against the Miami Heat, finishing with 19 points and five assists. The ball was in motion from the jump, too, and the Knicks went into intermission with a 67-59 lead.

"That kind of was our plan all along," D'Antoni told MSG Network. "That's why we went after him."

Chandler, who's been shuffled in and out, still played 16 minutes and got five points and three blocks against the Heat. Quentin Richardson is the player most affected by the switch. The veteran swingman never got into the game, and he took his first DNP-CD of the season.

The new rotation is also decreasing the role of Jared Jeffries, who got 14 minutes in Miami.

Of course, none of the changes D'Antonio has put in place have lasted very long. The extra versatility does give him a chance to deal with individual matchups.

HEAT 120, KNICKS 115: Dwyane Wade powered Miami to a stunning comeback Saturday.

Al Harrington gave the Knicks a 102-86 lead from the free-throw line two minutes into the fourth quarter.

It got interesting after Wade took an inadvertent elbow in the mouth while defending Danilo Gallinari. The incident provided a burst of adrenalin. Wade led the charge and dropped in a pair of free throws with 4:45 to play that tied matters 103-103. Wade next blocked a Larry Hughes shot, then came down and made it a 17-0 run to give Miami the lead. The streak reached 19-0 before New York scored.

Wade finished with 46 points, 10 assists and four steals.

David Lee got the first Knicks' field goal in eight-plus minutes to make cut New York's deficit to 107-105. He went 1-for-2 from the line with 55 seconds to go, leaving the Knicks a point shy of knotting the score again. Wade then got around Hughes and made it 118-115.

The game got away from the Knicks when Lee failed to look for the ball as Chris Duhon attempted to set up a pick-and-roll out of a timeout.

"He made all the offensive plays and all the defensive plays," Lee said of Wade. "And when somebody else scored, he made the pass."

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