Rapid Reaction: Clippers 93, Knicks 80

November, 28, 2013
11/28/13
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Well, at least New York Knicks fans can look forward to Thanksgiving.

Their basketball team certainly isn't giving them much to get excited about these days.

New York has lost seven straight games for the first time in the Carmelo Anthony era. The latest loss came Friday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.

New York has lost seven in a row and eight of nine. The Knicks are in last place in the Atlantic Division, a half-game behind Brooklyn. They own the third-worst record in the NBA.

What was supposed to be a big season for Anthony and the Knicks (3-11) is quickly spiraling to irrelevancy.

Awful bench play: Ball movement wasn't really an issue for the Knicks on Wednesday. The bigger problem was a lack of bench scoring. The Knicks bench scored just 13 points. Clippers reserve Jamal Crawford had 13 points on his own. The Clippers' bench finished with 34 points.

New York was outscored 20-2 in bench points in the first half. Amar'e Stoudemire was a minus-21 in 11 minutes on the floor in the half. He finished with four points and two turnovers in 20 minutes. The Knicks were outscored by 29 when he was on the floor.

Metta World Peace also struggled, going scoreless (0-for-6) in 10 minutes.

Nothing from the wings: Knicks coach Mike Woodson said prior to the game that he needed to get more from Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith. Neither player gave him much Wednesday. Shumpert finished with two points and three rebounds in 25 minutes. He has scored just two points over his past 48 minutes of play.

Smith shot 3-for-9 and scored seven points in 26 minutes.

No CP3, no problem: Chris Paul left the game with 3:19 to play in the third quarter, but the Knicks couldn't take advantage. The Knicks were down 10 when Paul left and were outscored 22-19 when he was off the floor.

Paul had 15 points and seven assists. Anthony led the Knicks with 27 points and nine rebounds. Andrea Bargnani added 20 points and 10 rebounds. Kenyon Martin finished with seven rebounds and five assists. The Knicks outscored the Clippers by 17 in his 24 minutes on the floor.

Ray Felton, returning from a hip injury, had 12 points and seven assists in 35 minutes.

What's next: The Knicks will finish their four-game road trip in Denver on Friday.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsT. Chandler 9.6
AssistsR. Felton 5.6
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2

NEW YORK CALENDAR