Written by: Kenny Mauss

The only thing that could have improved Tracy McGrady’s Knick debut in Madison Square Garden was a victory. Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder however, stood squarely in his way. In an exciting game from start to finish the Thunder were able to defeat the Knicks in Overtime, 121-118. McGrady scored 26 points on 10-17 shooting from the field, with 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Not bad for his first real action in nearly two years. For the first time all year, the play of David Lee wasn’t the most exciting aspect of the game. He did however continue his stellar season, scoring 30 points on 75% shooting from the field (12-16). Not surprisingly he tacked on another double double, with 10 more rebounds, and also added 6 assists (which he also leads the NBA in among centers).

Another new player for New York, Eddie House, who was acquired from Boston for Nate Robinson scored a season high 24 points coming off the bench, which he had done for most of his time in Boston.

This was the type of effort that Knicks fans have been clamoring for all year. Whether this is a flash in the pan, or the beginning of a change in New York remains to be seen. McGrady has said he would take a paycut to stay in New York next season if they were able to acquire top tier talent. If McGrady and Lee can stir some excitement into the Garden for the rest of the season with performances like tonight, maybe there is light at the end of this long dark tunnel.