New York Knicks: Madison Square Garden

MSG shows off transformation

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Jeff Skopin / ESPN New YorkHere's the vista from one of two Chase Bridges overhanging the court at the newly transformed Madison Square Garden.
After three years of construction, Madison Square Garden unveiled its $1 billion renovation Thursday.

Check out photos of the newly transformed Garden here and read all about it here.

Video: MSG time lapse

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Watch as Madison Square Garden completes a three-year transformation.

The bridges of Madison Square Garden

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Via Madison Square Garden's PR department:

New York, NY, October 14, 2013 – Madison Square Garden today unveiled new construction photos of the Chase Bridges, which will debut later this month as part of the third and final phase of the unprecedented $1 billion, top-to-bottom Arena Transformation project. The two first-of-their-kind Chase Bridges will offer a premium experience for fans with one of the most unique seats in any sports arena.

In a nod to New York City’s many renowned suspension bridges, the Chase Bridges are suspended from The Garden’s iconic ceiling by 24 (north bridge) and 26 (south bridge) steel tube hangers. First-class food and beverage options are steps away from the seats, including MSG Signature Collection offerings from top New York chefs and restaurateurs. The Chase Bridges include colors, design elements and curving forms that compliment and seamlessly integrate with the distinctive interior architecture of The Garden’s bowl. Each bridge is 233 feet long and 22 feet wide, and together they weigh a total of 662 tons. The two bridges combined will seat 430 fans for New York Knicks and New York Rangers games; a limited number of individual tickets are still available via NYKnicks.com and NYRangers.com. Seating on the bridges will also be available for select concerts and other events at The Garden, depending upon event set-up.

The completely transformed Madison Square Garden will open on October 25.



Ewing to join MSG for two games

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Patrick's back. Sort of.

The Knicks announced Wednesday that Patrick Ewing will provide analysis for MSG postgame shows on March 20 (vs. Orlando) and March 31 (vs. Boston).

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He's looking forward to the gig.

"It's always good to be back at The Garden," Ewing said in a statement released by the Knicks. "The Garden is home, New York is home, and the fans always appreciated what I brought to the table when I played. I'm really looking forward to working with MSG, it will be a great learning experience for me, and I'm excited to be on the other side of the mic."

Ewing, an 11-time All-Star with the Knicks, worked as an NBA assistant coach for eight seasons after his playing career. He is not coaching this year.

After 15 seasons with the Knicks, Ewing played one year in Seattle and one in Orlando before retiring. A vocal segment of Knicks fans has pined for Ewing to return to the team since his playing days ended.

Earlier this year, the Knicks asked Ewing to coach the team's D-League affiliate. He turned down the offer.

Ewing has been to several Knicks games this season. During a February game, Ewing sat next to Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan, which led some to speculate that the Hall of Famer was on the verge of coming back to work for the Knicks.

Fans greet Ewing with hearty ovations each time he's at a home game.

The Knicks retired Ewing's No. 33 jersey in 2003. Ewing was elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.

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Top games by a Garden opponent

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After Stephen Curry drained 11 of 13 3-point attempts on his way to 54 points at MSG on Wednesday night, Carmelo Anthony said of the Warriors point guard's insane performance, "There's nothing nobody can do. Just hope he misses."

Miss? Not only was that not the case for Curry, but it was the same for Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Richard Hamilton, who are in the top five for most points scored by an opponent at the Garden in the past 25 years.

Here's a look:

1. Kobe Bryant: On Feb. 2, 2009, the Black Mamba scored 61 points, shooting 19-for-31 from the field and 20-for-20 from the line in a Lakers win. Bryant's razzle-dazzle all night was highlighted by a flashy move he put on Wilson Chandler toward the end of the fourth quarter. Bryant drove, stopped, pump-faked and then spun using his pivot foot for a runner in the lane. At one point during the third quarter, Spike Lee, sitting courtside, was interviewed. He said, "Great players perform here at the world's most famous arena, and Kobe is killing us."

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2. Michael Jordan: In his fifth game back from his first retirement, the greatest ever poured in 55 points on March 28, 1995, shooting 21-for-37 from the field and 10-for-11 from the line. Simply put, John Starks had a long, long night. Not only did Jordan score, he also made the game-winning pass to Bill Wennington in the final seconds. Afterward, MJ said, "I knew I could still do it."

3. Stephen Curry: One night after shooting 7-for-10 from downtown for 38 points in Indiana, Curry hit 11 3s -- one shy of tying the NBA single-game record -- in transition, spinning off pick-and-rolls with hands in his face and even off catch-and-shoots from inbounds plays. Afterward, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said, "To the audience, that was Stephen getting hot. But to us, that's just who he is." But, hey, the Knicks got the W.

4. LeBron James: Just two days after Bryant lit up the Garden for 61 points, King James dropped in 52, shooting 17-for-33 from the floor and 16-for-19 from the line in a Cavaliers win on Feb. 4, 2009. He actually watched Bryant's big night to scout the Knicks and gauge their tendencies. What he basically learned was that the 'Bockers were not a very good defensive team from top to bottom. The Cavs isolated him a lot, and the rest was history.

5. Richard Hamilton: The man they call "Rip" has one of the best midrange shots of all time, and on Dec. 27, 2006, it was going down for him en route to 51 points. He was 19-for-37 from the field -- making his only 3-point attempt -- and 12-for-12 on free throws, but the Knicks won in triple overtime.

Which performance was most memorable to you? Leave your comments below.

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Rapid Reaction: Raptors 92, Knicks 88

February, 13, 2013
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WHAT IT MEANS
: The Knicks are in first place in the Atlantic Division and stand second in the Eastern Conference heading into this weekend's All-Star festivities.

But they'll enter the break with a bad taste in their mouths after what happened at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

The Knicks lost to Toronto 92-88, thanks to some porous perimeter defense and a poor shooting night from their star.

The Knicks allowed Toronto to hit nine of 21 3s, including four of six in the third quarter.

Carmelo Anthony, who entered play Wednesday tied with Kevin Durant for the league lead in scoring (29 points per game), was held to 12 points on Wednesday and missed eight of 10 shots in the fourth quarter.

Overall, Anthony shot 5-for-24 on the night.

This is just the third game this season in which Anthony failed to score at least 20 points.

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES: The Knicks trailed by nine with a little over 10 minutes to go in the game, but Anthony cut the deficit to three with a 3-pointer with 2:50 to play.

He had a steal on the subsequent possession but blew the layup.

With a minute to play, J.R. Smith missed a layup that would have cut the lead to two.

ALAN WRENCH: Alan Anderson killed the Knicks all night. He hit six 3s, three of which came in the third quarter, and helped Toronto outscore New York by 10 in the quarter. He scored a game-high 26.

This was Landry Fields' first trip to MSG since signing a three-year, $20 million offer sheet that New York didn't match.

Fields had 4 points and 10 rebounds. Rudy Gay finished with 11 points on 4-for-21 shooting and DeMar DeRozan had 20.

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES: The refs were more than happy to hand out technical fouls on Wednesday.

It started when Anthony was whistled for a technical for arguing a call in the first quarter.

In the third, Tyson Chandler picked up a tech for elbowing Jonas Valanciunas.

Aaron Gray then drew the ire of the refs for yelling at Chandler from the Toronto bench. Felton yelled back at Gray. Both players picked up technicals.

Later in the third, the Knicks caught a break when Kyle Lowry was tossed for picking up two technical fouls for arguing a call.

SMITH STEPS UP: Smith struggled on Sunday, scoring just six points on 1-for-9 shooting.

He bounced back on Wednesday to tally 26 points and hit five of 10 3s.

Ray Felton had 16 points and 5 assists. Amar'e Stoudemire scored 10 points. Jason Kidd was held scoreless.

EWING IN THE HOUSE: Ex-Knicks great Patrick Ewing was at the game, seated next to Knicks owner James Dolan. Ewing got a rousing ovation from the Garden crowd upon his introduction in the fourth quarter.

WHAT'S NEXT: Anthony, Chandler, Steve Novak and James White will head to Houston to represent the Knicks in the All-Star Game. Anthony and Chandler will play in Sunday's game and Novak (3-point contest) and White (dunk contest) will represent the Knicks in the skills competition.

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Notebook: Shumpert frustrated with play

February, 10, 2013
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Iman ShumpertDebby Wong/USA TODAY Sports Iman Shumpert guards Clippers star Chris Paul during Sunday's Knicks loss at the Garden.
Iman Shumpert drew a tough assignment on Sunday afternoon when Mike Woodson asked him to cover Chris Paul.

Paul, in his second game back from a bruised knee, had 25 points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals in the Clippers' 102-88 win.

Of course, not all of Paul's numbers were compiled with Shumpert guarding him.

Still, Shumpert admitted after the game that he's been frustrated with his play recently.

Sunday was 12th game was Shumpert's 12th since coming back from ACL surgery on Jan. 17.

"It's definitely frustrating to have to jump back in the middle of the season," said Shumpert, who rehabbed his knee for eight months after surgery. "In your mind, you don't think it's going to be that hard at all. But when your mind and your body's in two different places, it's a little hard. But I'm just going to keep working, getting adjusted to it. Playing a little more (small forward) this year. So I'm just getting adjusted to it, I'll figure it out."

Shumpert added that he was unaffected by recent reports that the Phoenix Suns have inquired about trading for him.

"I don't really care. I've just got to play ball. I can't control it anyway," Shumpert said.

FELTON SORE
: The Knicks survived a scare when Raymond Felton went down after hitting his head late in the third quarter.

Felton was on the floor for two tense minutes after he hit the front of his head on Amar'e Stoudemire and then hit the back of his head on Lamar Odom.

"I felt like I got hit like a ping pong. I got hit from different sides," Felton said. "I was looking at the replay, got hit from the front, got hit from the back, got hit from the side. But whatever, I’m alright.

"It’s probably going to be hurting in the morning when I get up. It’s a little sore right now. Best thing I can do is try to put some heat on it, see what happens in the morning."


BENCH WOES
: The Clippers bench outscored the Knicks bench 48-15, led by Jamal Crawford's 27 points. The 33-point bench differential was the largest margin for the Clippers this season. Knicks' sixth man J.R. Smith had just six points in 35 minutes. He made just one of nine shots.

BILLUPS BACK: On Sunday, former Knick Chauncey Billups only played in his fifth game all season -- and it just so happened to be at the Garden, where the point guard suited up in the second half of 2010-11.

After scoring eight points in the Clippers' 102-88 win, Billups said it was "great" to be back.

"I was really looking forward to just seeing some of the guys I played with, some of the staff," said Billups, who played 22 total games with the Knicks. "I didn't come to the Garden last year because of my injury, so it was cool, it was fun."

Before today, Billups, who returned from a torn Achilles last fall, had been dealing with an inflamed foot tendon recently. The injury bug also struck him on April 17, 2011, when he suffered a strained left knee in the fourth quarter of the Knicks' Game 1 loss to the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.

That still haunts him today.

"I enjoyed my time here. It was fun," he said. "The experience was great. There was a lot of excitement. Melo obviously came. I enjoyed that time. I hated that I got hurt in the playoffs. It felt like it could've ended a little different, but everything happens for a reason."

When Billups was traded from the Nuggets to the Knicks on Feb. 21, 2011, along with Carmelo Anthony and others, he got a chance to see Melo and Stoudemire play together. The partnership has been developing well this season, and it's something Billups believes in.

"It was just too early when I was here," he said. "Both those guys are great players and I still think they haven't really figured it out together yet. But I think they can play together, man."

Opening Tip: Toughest division rival?

January, 21, 2013
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Williams/Rondo/HolidayUS PresswireWhich Atlantic Division foe will be the toughest for the Knicks in the playoffs? Weigh in below.
Every weekday throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the Knicks in our "Opening Tip" segment.

Today's Burning Question: Who will be the toughest Atlantic Division opponent in the playoffs: the Nets, Celtics or Sixers?

Looking ahead to this week's opponents, the Nets, Celtics and 76ers, Amar'e Stoudemire called it a "big, big, big stretch for us."

"Those are three tough games," he said after Sunday's practice.

With that noted, there's a good chance the Knicks will face once of these three rival teams in the first round of the playoffs. So let's briefly examine the matchups:

None of them have a scorer quite like Carmelo Anthony. What's especially great having him on your side is that he starts and finishes games strong. This season, he's tops in the NBA in first-quarter scoring (9.2 points average) and third in fourth-quarter scoring (7.9).

It goes to show how good of a scorer he is and what good shape he's in. His MVP-like play also emphasizes the significance of the team's veteran "pieces to the puzzle," as Mike Woodson always says, that have helped everyone get easier shots and play harder on defense. In fact, Melo said no other team he's been on compares to this season's Knicks.

"By far," he told reporters in London. "As far as being a complete team from top to bottom, this is the best team I've been a part of."

The Knicks were simply missing perimeter playmakers last season, which showed in last year's first-round series against the Heat, who were able to throw more bodies at Melo, taking him out of his game. The Knicks didn't have enough offensive firepower to balance out the court. Now, that's not the case with the additions of Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, Chris Copeland and the return of Iman Shumpert. Where they're lacking is with their frontcourt depth defensively.

When it comes to the Nets, Celtics and Sixers, it all starts with their star point guards: Deron Williams, Rajon Rondo and Jrue Holiday. These kinds of players have given the Knicks fits all season. Entering the new year, in terms of points per play allowed, the Knicks ranked 22nd defending the pick-and-roll ball-handler and 21st defending the roll man.

We'll first see on Monday if Shumpert can help rattle the Nets' pick-and-roll featuring Williams, which has facilitated their recent 10-2 stretch. Shumpert could be the most important Knick after Anthony, strictly for his perimeter defense.

The Nets also have depth like the Knicks, but the Knicks' bench is more experienced, anchored by Pablo Prigioni, J.R. Smith and Stoudemire. Also, whether they play at MSG or Barclays, the Knicks have the homecourt edge.

With the Celtics, you know they'll hang in games no matter what, so consistency, rebounding and matching their physical play will be keys for the Knicks. This could be their toughest matchup. Meanwhile, the Sixers are still without an elite wing scorer, as Evan Turner hasn't yet emerged. On the flip side, the Knicks, Nets and Celtics all have one in Anthony, Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce, respectively.

Who do you think will be the toughest Atlantic Division opponent? Leave us your comments below.

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Shump on MSG debut: Means 'everything'

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- In the first quarter against the Pistons on Thursday, Iman Shumpert was confident and in rhythm, as if he had started the Knicks' previous 37 games.

He came out aggressive on defense, fighting through screens to stay with Tayshaun Prince and then demonstrating quick lateral movement and constant hand movement to distract the Pistons forward. Offensively, Shumpert was patient and his positioning was on-point in the corner when Carmelo Anthony attacked or set up in the post. Shumpert had one 3-pointer from that spot.

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Paul Cunningham/USA TODAY SportsIman Shumpert is ready to take his game to the next level. His hair is already there.
But who could've predicted in his first few minutes in his season debut that he would drive baseline and nearly throw down a vicious one-handed dunk over two Pistons players?

Mike Woodson said after Sunday's practice that the way Shumpert performed didn't surprise him. The coach had been impressed with Shumpert's resolve as he battled back from knee surgery.

"The kid is just so tough, mentally tough and physically tough, that he was determined that, hey, I'm back and I'm going to play," he said. "I was very pleased."

During Shumpert's 15 minutes on the court, the Pistons shot just 30.8 percent. When he was on the sideline, Detroit climbed to 50.9 percent. And offensively, when he was playing and penetrating well with his explosiveness, the Knicks got the ball inside more. They attempted 40.9 percent of their field goal attempts in the restricted area, compared to only 14.0 percent when Shumpert was sitting.

Speaking with reporters on Sunday, Shumpert said he was "happy" to do things in the game that he had been working on in practice -- getting after it defensively and hitting corner 3-pointers. Now he's less than 24 hours away from bringing all that hard work to Madison Square Garden for the first time this season, against the Nets. And he's beyond ecstatic.

"It's going to be everything. That'll put a big smile on my face," he said. "Even though I'm supposed to have a game face, I'll probably have a smile for the first couple of trips down. Overall, I just hope that it provides enough energy for us to get off on the right foot. We've been starting games slow in the Garden."

J.R. Smith expects his backcourt teammate to play even bigger on Monday.

"To get him back for this Brooklyn game, it's going to be big, too," he said. "He's going to come out with a lot of energy, more than I think he did in London."

Woodson said Shumpert is still on a "minutes restriction," but the good news is the combo guard hasn't felt sore since Thursday.

Overall, there is a lot of excitement in the air with Shumpert back. But, at least for Smith, there's only one thing the second-year player needs to work on: his flat top.

"Awful, awful," Smith said, with a smile. "It was cool for a while, but he's taking it too far now. He's got to cut it."

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W2W4: Knicks vs. Hornets

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The first time the Knicks played the Hornets, a win back on Nov. 20 in New Orleans, their opponent was missing their best offensive and defensive players: shooting guard Eric Gordon and power forward Anthony Davis, respectively. After the game, the Knicks, at near full strength, improved to 8-1 on the season, while the Hornets dropped to 3-6.

Heading into their second matchup of the season against the Hornets on Sunday afternoon at the Garden, the situation is sort of in reverse. While the Knicks have lost three straight, the Hornets have won four in a row. Gordon and Davis are both back, and the Knicks will be without one of their best offensive players, Raymond Felton, and their best perimeter defender, Iman Shumpert, who's set to return this week. In addition, Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace are sidelined.

Here are three things to watch for starting at noon ET:

1. What will the matchups be? The Hornets' starting backcourt featuring Gordon and point guard Greivis Vasquez presents a unique challenge for the Knicks, especially because of Vasquez's 6-foot-6 height and three-tooled ability (scoring, passing and rebounding). On the season, he's averaging 14.2 points, 9.2 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game. Then, there's Gordon, who can score one-on-one all over the court. In only six games back from a right knee injury, he's averaging 15.7 points.

Mike Woodson may want to consider assigning James White to Vasquez, which will mean Jason Kidd will guard Gordon. Both Gordon and Vasquez can get into the lane well in isolation and off pick-and-rolls, and after what Kirk Hinrich did on Friday night, there's some reason to worry. J.R. Smith will definitely see Gordon and Vasquez at different times. Overall, the Knicks need to limit deep-drive penetration. The Bulls got plenty of that the other night, and they capitalized.

Regarding the frontcourt, will Carmelo Anthony, who called Sunday's game at MSG a "must win," face his fellow Olympian Davis at power forward? That would be an interesting matchup. While Anthony has pounds on Davis (13.2 pgg, 7.7 rpg and 1.8 bpg), the rookie is an above-the-rim player, which Melo is not. Keeping him out of the paint and off the boards will be key for Anthony. That goes for all of the Knicks.

2. Will Anthony facilitate more pick-and-rolls? Against the Bulls, the Knicks' pick-and-roll broke down often and Woodson went to Melo in the "Jordan post," another way of calling the high corner where the Bulls superstar loved to set up. But that didn't always result in a ball-moving-and-scoring possession.

With Kidd struggling in extended minutes, the Knicks could benefit from more of a point-forward Anthony -- not just point guard Smith -- who could run the pick-and-roll with Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler. While Chandler is still the primary screener, STAT is being used in the low post perhaps too much. Overall, there needs to be more versatile pick-and-roll action to get the players moving more. There's a bit too much isolation and standing around going on these days.

3. Can the Knick start off strong -- and maintain that? They cannot prevent another first-quarter collapse. In their past eight losses, the Knicks outscored their opponent in the opening period just once.

So what needs to happen early on during Sunday's matinee? Tenacity and talking.

The guys need to get after it defensively, especially by communicating. Anthony said after Saturday's practice that the quietness has affected them recently. It's sure showed in their reaction time and perimeter rotations. The Hornets can get hot from downtown -- from Gordon and Vasquez to Ryan Anderson and former Knick Roger Mason Jr. off the bench -- so the Knicks need to bring it for 48 minutes.

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Opening Tip: Without Camby, what's next?

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Every weekday throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the Knicks in our "Opening Tip" segment.

Today's Burning Question: With Marcus Camby likely out against the Bulls, which frontcourt bench player should be called upon more?

Camby was seen leaving the locker room at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday night in crutches and a walking boot -- obviously not a good sign.

So how should Mike Woodson massage the big man minutes heading into Friday night?

For starters, Kurt Thomas should get the start at power forward, alongside Tyson Chandler. Thomas hit two jump shots off pick-and-rolls against the Pacers, and the Knicks could use an outside threat at the four position to create some additional spacing for Chandler to roll to the basket. In addition, Thomas banged well with Indiana's bigs.

From there, Chris Copeland should get additional burn. One of the biggest individual positives from tonight was his season-high six rebounds (three offensive). In some previous games, he would only have one or two boards. So the fact that he didn't back down from the physical Pacers is a great sign heading into another aggressive matchup on Friday night.

As for Amar'e Stoudemire, don't expect him to play more than what he played against the Pacers (22 minutes), especially because it's his first back-to-back of the season. That means the Knicks will have to rely more on Thomas and Copeland -- and, of course, Chandler.

The Knicks' starting center needs a big rebound game in the worst way, even though he put up 12 points and 15 rebounds against the Pacers. In his previous outing against the Bulls on Dec. 21 -- a Knicks' loss -- he only finished with one field goal.

There's no question that without Camby, the Knicks will be in more of a pickle against Joakim Noah, Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer, who's been on a tear recently. But the Knicks need someone to step up.

Which Knicks' big man will that need to be? Leave us your comments below.

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Rapid Reaction: Celtics 102, Knicks 96

January, 7, 2013
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WHAT IT MEANS: The Celtics didn't have Rajon Rondo on Monday night, but they still had Knick killer Paul Pierce.

Pierce provided a veteran presence for the Celtics down the stretch of a close game, scoring six key points in the final 7:37 -- after the Knicks had pulled within one -- to help bury the Knicks.

With Boston up four and 1:09 to play, Pierce (23 points) essentially buried the Knicks with a deep jumper over the outstretched hand of Tyson Chandler to put the C's (17-17) up six with 0:45 seconds to play.

It was a good night for Boston's star, who averaged 35.7 points against the Knicks (23-11) last year. But a bad night for Knicks star Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony finished with 20 points but struggled with his shot for most of the night. He missed his last four field goal attempts in the fourth and finished just 6-for-26. He went 2-for-10 in the fourth. He entered play averaging 29.3 points per night. The Celtics have won three straight.

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Anthony and Kevin Garnett were whistled for a double technical for arguing with one another three minutes into the fourth. The Garden erupted with the familiar "Boston [Stinks]" chant and then exploded when Anthony hit a 3 on the next possession to pull the Knicks within one at 82-81 with 8:45 to play.

Anthony and Garnett had to be separated on two separate occasions down the stretch. No love lost there.

Anthony walked off the floor without shaking any of the Celtics' hands.

AMAR'E IMPROVING: Amar'e Stoudemire seemed to take a step in the right direction in his fourth game back following left knee surgery.

The power forward finished with 13 points in a season-high 28 minutes. He had two rebounds and two assists.

Stoudemire came off the bench to a rousing ovation but, more importantly, played in most of the fourth quarter.

He had a mix of strong moves to the basket and possessions on which he lacked explosiveness, which is to be expected for a player who missed two months.

Stoudemire had a strong dunk on a drive on Garnett early in the fourth quarter. He also drew a foul on a dunk attempt with 10:24 to play.

He had a tough time getting to the rim on a move on Brandon Bass in the first half and had his shot blocked by Garnett, but officials ruled it goaltending.

PRIGIONI TECH: Pablo Prigioni's been a complete gentleman on the floor for the Knicks this season. But the 35-year-old rookie lost his cool late in the third quarter. He picked up his first NBA technical after kicking the ball following a Boston make. … New York was outscored in the paint, 40-28. J.R. Smith had 24 points on 7-for-17 shooting. He suffered a cut on his head in the fourth quarter after a collision with Avery Bradley. … Tyson Chandler had 13 points and 16 rebounds. … Garnett had 19 and nine rebounds. … Boston shot 53 percent from the floor.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks will have a couple days to practice before heading to Indiana to face the Pacers for the first time this season on Thursday. They then come home to take on the Bulls in a rematch of a game in which Anthony, Rasheed Wallace and Mike Woodson were ejected.

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Rapid Reaction: POR 105, NYK 100

January, 1, 2013
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WHAT IT MEANS: With Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony back in the lineup, Knicks fans had plenty to cheer about early on against Portland.

But by the end of Tuesday's game, there was little to celebrate.

The Knicks trailed the entire game against Portland, much of it by double digits. They nearly rallied from 11 points down with three minutes to play but the comeback fell short.

New York (21-10) has lost three of four and five of eight.

CARMELO RETURN: Anthony decided about 45 minutes before the game that his left knee was strong enough to play for the first time in two games.

Once he hit the floor, it looked like Anthony barely missed a beat.

He had 45 points, seven rebounds and four assists. He hit 14 of his 24 shots.

He was 4-for-5 from beyond the arc in the first half and had 24 points at halftime.

Anthony poured in 13 of the Knicks' final 17 points, including a three-pointer with just under a minute to play to bring the Knicks to within three.

But he missed a three with 15 seconds to play that could have tied the game.

AMAR'E BACK: Stoudemire made his debut after sitting out the first two months of the season following knee surgery.

As expected, he started off slowly. Stoudemire missed his first five shots in the first half and had a turnover and zero rebounds in 9:31 in the first half.

The power forward got his first bucket with 2:52 to go in the third on a pick and roll with Anthony. Anthony hit Stoudemire with a bullet pass and Stoudemire converted the layup for his first field goal of the season.

He also had a thunderous dunk later in the third off of a great feed from J.R. Smith. He threw it down over the outstretched arm of Portland's Victor Claver.

Stoudemire finished with six points on 3-for-8 shooting with one rebound, one block and two turnovers in 17 minutes.

He sat for the final 9:56 of the game.

J.R. SWISH: Smith had another strong floor game for New York off the bench. He finished with 28 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.

DONUT FOR KIDD: Jason Kidd played 33 minutes for the Knicks and finished with 0 points. He had three assists and three steals.

The Knicks were crushed on the boards (47-37) and on points in the paint (48-36 ) by Portland.

On a positive note, Ronnie Brewer finished with five points and hit his first 3-pointer since Dec. 9. He was 0 for his last 13.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks host the Spurs at Madison Square Garden on Thursday. They came back from 12 down in the fourth quarter to beat the Spurs on Nov. 15.

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Knicks fans applaud Lin in return to MSG

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Jeremy LinDebby Wong/USA TODAY Sports Jeremy Lin shakes hands with Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire before Monday's game at the Garden.
Jeremy Lin was the last Rocket called during the Rockets' pregame introductions. And he was announced to a loud, cheerful crowd at the Garden on Monday night.

Lin is making his return to MSG tonight for the first time since last season, when Linsanity was heard around the world.

On the first Rockets' offensive possession, he faked Raymond Felton out to the baseline and then cut backdoor for the reverse layup.

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National buzz about Lin is distant memory

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The heat of "Linsanity" seems like a long time ago.

Those were days when Jeremy Lin was on the cover of every New York paper, when people waited at stores for the No. 17 jerseys to arrive, when the greatest out-of-nowhere sports story forced Time Warner's hand to carry Knicks games in its New York City homes after months and months of negotiating tension, and when seven trademarks were filed for "Linsanity," including one by Lin himself.

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AP Photo/Mark J. TerrillJeremy Lin is averaging 10.8 points, 6.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds for the Rockets.
It's early but, as Jeremy Lin makes his way back to Madison Square Garden on Monday for the first time since he left, the fall is pretty astonishing.

The guy who ignited water-cooler talk across the nation last winter has all but disappeared from the national discussion.

In February, Google Trends had Lin's search volume at 100 out of 100, which is what the search engine calls the peak of a certain individual's search volume

This month, the search volume for Lin is at a 6 on that same scale.

Nine months ago, there were more than 20,000 Lin items on eBay at the same time, more than any other NBA player. Today, that total has been halved and the prices have deflated.

It doesn't help that those most interested in him have easily been able to move on now that the Knicks are 18-5 with the likes of Jason Kidd and Raymond Felton. It doesn't help that Lin's Rockets are playing under-.500 ball.

But the greatest factor in Lin's decline as a marketing icon is not that the Knicks decided not to sign him. Being in the biggest market certainly helps, but it's not everything. His problem now is that he's not breaking through the clutter like he used to. He's not a regular on SportsCenter's nightly highlights. He hasn't yet justified the three-year, $25.1 million contract Rockets general manager Daryl Morey gave him.

"Linsanity" didn't end when Lin got traded to the Rockets, but what was understood is that he'd somehow have to continue to have those incredible games we got so used to. In his first 22 games with the Rockets, he has scored 15 points on four occassions. In his first 22 starts with the Knicks, he surpassed the 15-point mark 15 times.

Lin is still, and will always be, marketable in Asia. No matter what happens here, his hero status there has been cemented, which has to be one of the reason why he still has a shot to be voted into the All-Star Game, which happens to be in Houston. But he has quickly fallen off the radar in this country, meaning any new deals that come to him from multinational companies likely won't pay him significant dollars for a U.S. campaign.

Perhaps that doesn't matter to him. He's making $61,000 a game, up from about $9,000 last season. And we presume he's not sleeping on a couch anymore.

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