- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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WHAT IT MEANS: Carmelo Anthony can't do it all by himself.
Anthony had 42 points on Sunday but didn't have much help after the Clippers keyed on him in the fourth quarter of Los Angeles' 102-88 win.
After choosing to single-cover Anthony all game, Vinnie Del Negro asked Grant Hill to guard him for stretches in the fourth. It worked well.
Anthony took just three shots in the fourth and had just one field goal.
Anthony's buddy Chris Paul, in his second game back from a bruised knee, was fantastic.
He had 25 points on 10 of 17 shooting to go along with seven assists, six rebounds and four steals.
Paul had seven points in the fourth quarter, including two buckets in the final 2:30 to help the Clippers close it out.
Los Angeles went on a 21-7 in the fourth. Blake Griffin finished with 17.
Anthony had little help. Raymond Felton had 20 but no other Knick scored in double figures.
The Knicks have lost 2 of 3 but won 7 of 9.
BATTLE OF THE BENCHES: One of the more interesting subplots in Sunday's game was the Knicks bench going head to head with the Clippers bench. The Clippers clearly came out on top in this matchup of two of the NBA's top benches.
FELTON BOUNCES BACK: The Knicks survived a scare with 3:26 left in the third quarter when Felton went down after hitting his head.
Felton was in obvious pain. He walked off the floor slowly alongside Knicks team doctor Answorth Allen.
Felton returned to the game in the fourth quarter and immediately found Stoudemire for an alley-oop and foul. The Knicks led by two after Stoudemire's free-throw but Los Angeles went on a 15-4 run to take an 9-point lead with 6:05 to play.
AMAR'E IN & OUT IN 4TH: Mike Woodson took Stoudemire out with 7:30 to play in the fourth. Judging solely by his body language when he walked off the floor. Stoudemire didn't seem too happy to be taken out.
For what it's worth, the Clippers outscored the Knicks 8-2 in the 3:30 after Stoudemire left the game.
Stoudemire returned with 2:48 to play the and the Knicks' down six. Los Angeles outscored New York, 10-4, to end the game.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks have the next two days to rest and prepare for Rudy Gay and the Raptors. Then, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Steve Novak and James White head to Houston for All-Star weekend.
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