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CORRECTED: 3PTers have betrayed #Knicks (8-for-33 last night). But Woodson says there's another way to score. More:
"We've got guys who can take the ball to the hole and get fouled," Woodson said. "You got to take advantage of that, especially when you're not hitting the long ball."
The threes were raining in the first quarter of the season and that's much more fun than taking lumps for a couple of free throws. But while defenses have adjusted to close out on shooters, the Knicks have been reluctant to take the ball strong and earn points at the line.
Carmelo Anthony, for one, thrived on the three-ball this season like never before in his career. But he's in a terrible slump (missed 22 of his last 26 from downtown).
He can still make foul shots, as he proved by hitting 16 of a season-high 18 attempts from the line against the 76ers. Melo is one Knick who hasn't hesitated to take it strong. But some games, he doesn't get the call.
"They was calling it tonight," a grinning Melo said to MSG Network's Tina Cervasio during his walk-off interview after the win.
Anthony is fourth in the NBA in FTA per game (7.5), just behind James Harden, Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard.
The Knicks are a mediocre free throw shooting team (75.4%, 17th in the NBA) but took advantage of the Sixers fouls by hitting 27 of 35 from the line. It was three shy of the season-high FTAs (38 vs DAL on Nov. 9).
It was one of those rare games when the Knicks had more points from the foul line (27) than from the three-point line (24).
For Melo, it was the first time has a Knick he had as many FTAs (18) as FGAs (18) in a single game. For fun symmetry, it was the 18th time in his career he had as many FTAs as FGAs in a game.
My MSG Network studio partner Wally Szczerbiak considers that a useless stat. Maybe because his career-high FTA in a single game was only 13.