The Knicks needed someone to step up in the fourth quarter in Amar'e Stoudemire's absence -- and Wilson Chandler responded.
Chandler was titanic in last night's 105-95 win over the Nets at the Prudential Center, delivering a team-high 21 points, pulling down a team-high-tying eight rebounds, blocking a game-high five shots and adding three assists and a steal.
After the Nets took the lead with seven minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Chandler promptly put the Knicks in front again with consecutive driving layups.
Later, Chandler played superb defense to force a bad Travis Outlaw miss, then shortly hit a huge go-ahead 3-pointer from the wing. After that, he found Landry Fields on a terrific drive-and-kick, setting up a corner 3 from the rookie that gave the Knicks a four-point lead.
"He made a lot of plays for us down the stretch," Raymond Felton said of Chandler. "He did a lot of scoring and he did a lot of dishing out. That was big for us."
Since missing three games with a left calf injury, Chandler had played in four games, shooting 16-for-41 (39 percent) and failing to score more than 13 points in a game. Last night, though he shot just 8-for-21, he provided a huge lift with Stoudemire in street clothes because of a sprained toe.
Chandler finds his footing
New York Post | Feb 13