After enduring more suffering and loss than Polish Jews in late 1930s, the New York Knicks and Isiah Thomas finally have a reason to celebrate. The Knicks got their first win, beating the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves 97-93 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, ending a horrible losing streak for the organization.
The Knicks shouldn’t celebrate too much, however. They beat a team which traded away their best player this offseason, and which is subsequently currently comprised of high school- and college-aged kids who probably couldn’t beat a top-tier, Division-I squad. But I guess you have to crawl before you can walk. So congratulations to New York, you defeated a team who couldn’t enter a bar without getting carded.
Jamal Crawford was the Knicks’ hero on this night, scoring six points during a key 8-0 run that put New York ahead 89-81 with 5:18 remaining, and they never looked back. Crawford finished with 24 points, seven assists and two steals, while newcomer Zach Randolph contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds. Unfortunately, Randolph shot just 6-of-18, meaning the Knicks are paying him $13.5 million to act like the ball-hog on the Middle School JV team who’s not nearly as good as he thinks he is.