There were no Amar’e Stoudemire spinning, post-up buckets or hard drives to the hole by Carmelo Anthony. But there was plenty of spirited defense, 3-point missiles from Steve Novak and dunks from J.R. Smith as the Knicks destroyed the slumping Jazz last night, 113-84, at the Garden. Stoudemire is out for the regular season with the announcement he needs debridement surgery to clean out his right knee, and Anthony missed his third straight game with a swollen right knee. But the Knicks (38-22) didn’t miss a beat as they pummeled the Jazz with Smith pumping in 24 points and Novak collecting 20 points in 26 minutes. That makes 60 points for Smith in his last two games. He scored 36 in the Knicks’ 95-94 loss to the Thunder on Thursday night. Novak drilled 7 of 12 shots, including five 3-pointers. Smith, with a series of ferocious driving dunks to go along with his perimeter game, shot 9-for-16. The Knicks are 5-5 in games Anthony has missed this season.
Knicks 113 Jazz 84: No Amar’e, no problem
New York Post | Mar 10