The Knicks defense is back on top

The Knicks have held their last four opponents under 100 points as a defense. Over that span, the Knicks are No. 1 in defensive rating (90.5) by a wide margin. The New Orleans Pelicans are a distant second with a defensive rating of 105.4.

Before starting this four-game road trip, the Knicks had held their last three opponents under 80 points.

They haven’t been this dominant defensively since 2000.

“The fact is, 20 years ago this was really the style of play,” Thibodeau told reporters after a 106-79 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on March 12. you and the team have to be united and you have to work together and be able to rely on each other and I think that’s the way our team is playing.