The New York Knicks have already surpassed their win total for all of last season, and the latest victory was especially sweet.
Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and the Knicks shot 56 percent to snap a streak of eight consecutive losses to the Miami Heat, beating their rivals 98-90 Wednesday night.
Robin Lopez added a season-high 19 points for the Knicks, who won their third game in a row, and their second on the road in as many nights.
The Knicks (18-19) are way ahead of their pace a year ago, when they had the worst record in the Eastern Conference (17-65).
“We’re still trying to find our identity,” Anthony said. “These past three games we’ve shown something. And it wasn’t just me.”
Coach Derek Fisher liked what he saw.
“We were intense, but there was a relaxed look, as if we were in control of what we wanted to do,” Fisher said. “It takes a while to develop that, and it’s hard to keep that.”
Playing a team ranked second in the NBA in scoring defense, the Knicks found plenty of open shots – and made them. New York’s shooting percentage was the best by any team this season against the Heat, who came into the game allowing opponents to hit only 43 percent.