Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Williams Bail Out Porzingis In Wild Comeback Win
It’s hard to find a more-exciting .500 team than the New York Knicks. After winning a double-overtime thriller against the Philadelphia 76ers in a Martin Luther King Day matinee at MSG, the Garden was rocking again as the Knicks were in a dogfight with the Utah Jazz. After going down by as much as 13 points behind, the Knicks beat the Jazz in a 118-111 overtime victory. The game only went into overtime after rookie sensation, Kristaps Porzingis, was baited into fouling Gordon Heyward on a three-point shot late in regulation. The ill-timed foul was also Porzingis’ 6th of the game, disqualifying him from the game.
The Knicks franchise player, Anthony, led the comeback effort in the second half and overtime. Melo finished with 30 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, shooting 13-of-20 and passing Larry Bird on the career scoring list, moving to 31st all-time with 21,793 points. Robin Lopez scored 22 points (11-of-14 from the field), with 12 rebounds and three blocks, and Derrick Williams added 17 points including a crucial three-point play that electrified the MSG faithful in the final stages of the game.
“A major win for us,’’ Anthony said. “Especially how the game was going the first couple of quarters, the way we bounced back the way we did.’’
Buffalo Bills hire Kathryn Smith, the NFL’s first full-time female coach The Buffalo Bills made history last night, as they hired the first full-time female NFL coach in the league’s history. Kathryn Smith was named the Bills’ quality control-special teams coach. “Kathryn Smith has done an outstanding job in the seven years that she has worked with our staff,” Bills coach Rex Ryan said in a statement released by the team. ” She certainly deserves this promotion based on her knowledge and strong commitment, just to name a couple of her outstanding qualities, and I just know she’s going to do a great job serving in the role of quality control-special teams. The move comes less than a year after the Arizona Cardinals hired Jen Welter to serve as a training-camp assistant coach, which was on an intern basis. Smith’s hire makes her the first to hold a full-time gig in the NFL as a woman. “I consulted with [Cardinals coach] Bruce Arians on this since he was really the first NFL head coach to make this kind of move when he hired a female linebackers coach through the summer,” Ryan continued. “You can see the success some of these young ladies are having in the coaching profession, such as the young lady [Becky Hammon] that is an assistant to Coach [Greg] Popovich at the San Antonio Spurs, and realize how exciting this is for women like Kathryn Smith as well as the Bills organization.” Curry, Warriors Keep On Rolling Against Chicago Bulls The Golden State Warriors’ dreams of a 72-plus win season continued last night as they cruised over the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. After laying a 34-point smack over the Cavs on Monday, the Warriors went into Chicago and beat up the Bulls by 31 points. The Warriors were once again led by Stephen Curry, who pumped in 25 points and a rare left-handed dunk. Being in Jordan’s house, the Warriors were obviously asked about being in striking distance of breaking the Bulls’ iconic team record. “We’re halfway through, but we’ve just got to take it one game at a time,” Warriors’ forward Draymond Green said. “If we get better each and every game, the wins will take care of themselves. But our goal is to get better and prepare for the playoffs. If [72 wins] happens, great. But if not, it’s not the end of the world.”