The New York Knicks look a lot better now than they did just a few weeks ago.
Statistically speaking the Knicks are rolling along quite nicely. Go figure that they're doing it away from Madison Square Garden, dominating opponents like the Toronto Raptors on the road as they did in a 116-99 win on Sunday afternoon.
Longest Road Win Streaks
The Knicks have won seven straight road games, tied for the second-longest road win streak in team history, the longest since the 1994-95 season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Knicks are the fourth team in NBA history to get nine of their first 12 wins on the road.
Amar'e Stoudemire led the Knicks with 31 points and 16 rebounds, but perhaps more importantly, the Knicks outscored the Raptors by 24 points with him on the floor. Stoudemire entered the game with a plus/minus of -10 for the season (not good for a team that entered two games over .500). The Knicks are +55 with Stoudemire on the floor during their current four-game win streak.
Three-point shooting has also been a key. The Knicks made 12 more 3-pointers on Sunday, and they're now shooting 40.3 percent from 3-point range in their last nine games, making an average of 10 3-pointers per game. Amazingly, they're hitting 40.5 percent of their 3-point shots on the road, but just 27.5 percent at home.
The only Knicks team to have a longer road win streak is the one considered to be the best in franchise history, the 1969-70 squad, which won 12 straight on the road to open the season.
The difference between that streak and this one is that the 12-gamer in 1969 required beating a Lew Alcindor-led Milwaukee Bucks team twice, a finals-bound Los Angeles Lakers squad once, and the arch-rival Baltimore Bullets once. The current team has one road win in its streak against a team with a winning record -- the New Orleans Hornets.