This was the perfect bridge of a game, connecting not only the Melo-free Knicks with the Melo-ful Knicks but also Jeremy Lin as rock-star phenomenon with Jeremy Lin, professional point guard.
And maybe the bridge that links, at last, the Knicks as desperate reclamation project with the Knicks of increasing expectation and ambition.
And with the return of an All-Star.
“There’s just a good feeling around this team right now,” coach Mike D’Antoni said last night, after his team was done pulverizing the overmatched Kings at a festive Madison Square Garden. “We’ve got a lot of success on offense and that leads to a lot of energy on defense, and guys are just playing so well together.”