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Around the Atlantic: New York Knicks Win the Division

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(Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)

News flash: the New York Knicks are good. Really good.

The Knickerbockers clinched the Atlantic Division after stomping on the Washington Wizards last night. Carmelo Anthony continued to light up the league as he dropped 36 points (21 of which were in the third quarter alone), and tied Bernard King’s record of five straight 35+ point games. New York hit 20-36 3-pointers, which tied a franchise record for most 3’s in a game. Steve Novak, Iman Shumpert, and Chris Copeland all hit four shots from downtown.

This marks the first time since the1994-95 season that the Knicks will finish on top of the Atlantic. This season is also the first time since 1990-2000. This is the best team New York has put on the floor since the Patrick Ewing/John Starks days.

However, the Knicks do have health concerns. The team plans to cut Kurt Thomas (foot injury) to make room for James Singleton, who spent this past season playing in China. Thomas is among many older Knicks who have been troubled by injuries. Rasheed Wallace is out for the rest of the season, and Amar’e Stoudemire could return for the playoffs, but Kenyon Martin was carted off the court last night after seeming to injure his ankle, and Tyson Chandler is complaining about a sore neck after missing several games with a disc problem in it. New York, already slim in the big-man department, will have to rely on Copeland and Anthony until Martin and Chandler are set to return.

New York is injured, but the team has been all year. However, the ‘Bockers are catching fire at just the right time with their 13 straight wins and will look to upset the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.