Melo rips referees for calls
November, 15, 2013
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
Carmelo Anthony shot 11 free throws against 30 shot attempts Thursday night. James Harden took 18 free throws against 17 attempts.
That didn't sit well with Anthony, who expressed frustration with calls refs made -- or didn't make -- in the New York Knicks-Houston Rockets game.
"You look at that and you see the way that some guys get their calls. Me, I got to get cut. You’ve got to see blood for me to get a call down there," Anthony said after the Knicks lost to Houston. "That’s where the frustration comes from."
A reporter suggested that Harden forced his way to the line so frequently with aggressive drives to the paint, but Anthony disagreed with that theory, seemingly taking a shot at the officials.
Brad Penner/USA TODAY SportsCarmelo Anthony finished with a game-high 45 points in the Knicks' 109-106 loss at the Garden.
"We didn’t put him on the line. [The officials] put him on the line," Anthony said. " Harden is a tough guy to guard, especially when they’re calling the game the way that they called it tonight. Tough thing to guard out there."
The Rockets shot 44 free throws on Thursday night. The Knicks took 27.
Melo makes "bonehead" play: Anthony hurt the Knicks with an error in judgment late in the fourth quarter.
He intentionally fouled Dwight Howard with 1:36 to play. Because the intentional foul came with less than two minutes to play, the Rockets were able to retain possession after the free throw. The extra possession ended with two Howard free throws that put Houston up 107-102 with 1:15 to play.
"Yeah, that was a bonehead play on my behalf," Anthony said. "I think [coach Mike Woodson] was yelling at Ray [Felton] to tell us, 'Don’t foul. Don’t foul.' I didn’t hear it."
Home woes: The Knicks fell to 3-5 with the loss on Thursday. They are just 1-4 at the Garden. Last season, the Knicks didn't suffer their fourth home loss until Jan. 7.
"Anytime you’re not doing it at home it gets a little frustrating," Anthony said. "We’ve got to figure out, do what we’ve got to do, try our best to win our home games. Last year, we were a great team at home. Seems like, so far, early season, we’re better on the road than we are at home. We want to take care of that."
Kenyon cleared: Woodson said that the Knicks medical staff has cleared Kenyon Martin to play in back-to-back games. Martin had been previously limited to playing one game of back-to-backs due to lingering pain from an ankle injury he suffered last April. Martin's presence will help the Knicks deal with Tyson Chandler's absence. Chandler is out 4-6 weeks with a fractured right fibula.
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