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Shumpert shoulders blame in loss

NEW YORK -- There was plenty of blame to go around after the New York Knicks’ lopsided loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

But guard Iman Shumpert accepted full responsibility for the defeat.

“I’m gonna take this one. Deron Williams got to do whatever he wanted out there,” said Shumpert, who was matched up against the Nets point guard Friday.

“I got to get better with controlling the ball after him coming off the ball screen. I didn’t do a good job of that tonight. As a reflection of that, our bigs got in foul trouble [and the Nets] hit 3s from everywhere on the court because he kept getting into that paint. I got to do a better job of getting over the ball screens and not letting him get into our defense. ... Tonight, he had his way with me. I’ll take that.”

Williams scored a game-high 29 points on 10-for-15 shooting and recorded six assists. He didn’t score all of his points on Shumpert, but Shumpert was primarily matched up against Williams.

Shumpert, who is known as a strong perimeter defender, played lead guard for the Knicks on Friday because Jose Calderon (calf) and Pablo Prigioni (ankle) were out.

Carmelo Anthony didn’t want Shumpert to take all of the blame for the loss.

“I know how much he loves to play defense, and how much he loves matchups, so him saying that it’s his fault, you need to take that with a grain of salt and help him out,” Anthony said. “We’re all in the NBA, no one person can stop another one person. We gotta help him out and do a better job.”

Fish says Knicks' effort needs to improve: Knicks coach Derek Fisher told his team that it needed to play with more effort after the ugly loss to Brooklyn.

"He was saying that we can just play harder,” Shane Larkin said. “He was like, 'We know the triangle is going to take time. We can’t blame it on the triangle; the triangle is going to take time. We’ve got to come out here and play hard.'"

Larkin added, “Brooklyn’s a talented team but there’s no way Brooklyn should run us off the court like that. There’s no way Detroit should be up by 17 on us like that [as it was on Wednesday]. We’ve just got to come out and play a lot harder. ... As a point guard, I can come out with more energy, so that’s one thing I can do to help improve the team.”

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