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Melo: 'Losing basketball games sucks'

3/13/2012

CHICAGO -- Carmelo Anthony sat in front of his locker with his arms folded, a blank stare washed over his face.

His body language said it all. The Knicks are sullen and losers of sixth straight.

"It sucks," Anthony later said. "The situation we're in right now sucks. Losing basketball games sucks. The way we've been losing games at the end of the game sucks --- not a good feeling right now."

It wasn't so much that the Knicks lost to the Bulls, it was how it happened.

Chicago outhustled and outworked New York to loose balls and offensive rebounds all evening and it ended up being the difference. By game's end, the Bulls had 22 offensive rebounds and 24 second-chance points to offset a pedestrian shooting night (43 percent from the field).

"I think ultimately it came down to the offensive rebounding we gave up," Knicks center Tyson Chandler said. "We played great defense, held them to 43 percent shooting. But we didn't finish the job. ... A lot of it has to do with Derrick Rose, getting to the basket, attacking, drawing two defenders and it unleashes them on the offensive glass."

Mike D'Antoni didn't see it any differently.

"We played well for long stretches, but the second-chance points got us," he said. "The whole game they had us on the offensive glass. ... Offensive rebounds, loose balls and second-chance points were the difference."

The Knicks are now tied for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race. With just just 24 games left in the season, there's limited time to reverse course.

"It's time for us to really get serious and try to win these games," Amare Stoudemire said. "There's no time for fun and games right now. We're in a mode where every game is very, very important. We're in the eighth seed right now, something that we can't be satisfied with, so we got to play that way."