The Knicks Prove Ready for Prime Time

The Knicks shoot the lights out en route to second win of the season

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    Maybe that asbestos in the roof of the Garden was affecting the Knicks more than anyone let on. How else can you explain the fact that they were on fire Thursday night after escaping the building stuffed with flame retardant?

    Okay, that's probably a stretch, but something good got into the Knicks when they got to Chicago because they shot like the hoop was the size of Eddy Curry's belly. They made 50 percent of all their shots and a ridiculous 16-of-24 tries from three to win their first nationally televised game on TNT since an embarrassing 104-59 loss to the Celtics in 2007 caused Isiah Thomas to quip that the team wasn't ready for prime time.

    It's been a while, and it seems that a new coach and new players have combined to make the Knicks a bit easier on the eyes. The 120-112 victory came against a very good Bulls team that was helpless defensively against the Knicks. It helps that Danilo Gallinari showed up for the first time this season.

    Gallo nailed all four of his threes and led the team to an 18-point halftime bulge with 21 points in the first two quarters. That was more than he'd scored in the first three games of the season combined, which leads us to wonder just what got into the forward.

    Were rumors of his wrist injury exaggerated or was it the fact that he seemed to eschew his typical hair gel for the visit to Chicago? The latter seems unlikely with Chicago being the windy city, so let's cross our fingers and hope that his wrist is ready to keep flicking balls into the hoop for the rest of the season.

    He had plenty of help from Toney Douglas and Raymond Felton, who had 50 points and 14 assists between them, to offset a poor night from Amar'e Stoudemire. The Knicks also got a bunch of help from Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who kept Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah anchored to the bench in the fourth quarter even though it looked like the Knicks were running out of gas.

    Perhaps he was more concerned with making a strong showing in Boston on Friday night's return to the team he helped coach to a pair of Eastern Conference titles. Or maybe he was merely nostalgic for his days as a Knicks assistant, but, whatever the cause, no one from the Knicks is going to feel bad about accepting a little help from the opposition. 

    It's all so heartwarming that we can barely notice the chill in the air caused by the latest bit of evidence that Isiah Thomas is still plotting a return to ruin the Knicks.  

    Josh Alper is a writer living in New York City and is a contributor to FanHouse.com and ProFootballTalk.com in addition to his duties for NBCNewYork.com. You can follow him on Twitter.