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Rapid Reaction: Nets 103, Knicks 80

1/20/2014

NEW YORK -- Battle of New York? Not quite.

The Knicks barely showed a pulse in a 103-80 loss to Brooklyn on their home floor Monday.

New York shot just 34 percent from the field. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 26 points and 12 rebounds but got little help from his teammates.

The Knicks also failed to slow down a Nets offense led by Joe Johnson’s 25 points. Brooklyn shot 49 percent from the field and had 25 assists on 37 makes.

Due in part to poor point guard play from Raymond Felton, the Knicks struggled to move the ball. They had seven turnovers in the first quarter and finished with 16.

New York has lost four straight and is 11 games under .500. The Nets are going in the opposite direction, winning seven of their last eight.

In case there was any doubt going in, the Nets proved that they’re the best NBA team in New York. They were up 23 late in the fourth quarter, being serenaded with “Brooklyn!” chants at the Garden.

No support for Melo: The Knicks' four starters surrounding Anthony were a combined 4-for-21 through three quarters. And it didn’t get much better from there. They finished shooting 25 percent from the floor. Felton played arguably the worst game of his season Monday, shooting 2-for-11 and turning the ball over three times in 35 minutes.

Iman Shumpert's shooting struggles continued. He missed six of his eight attempts in 20 minutes. He finished with five points and went 1-for-6 from beyond the arc.

Anthony looked pretty miserable while watching the game from the bench. He sat on the floor -- not the bench -- with a towel over his head as the clock ran out.

Bad day for Felton: The Knicks hoped that a starting lineup of Pablo Prigioni and Felton would spark them on Monday. Instead, it doomed them. Felton struggled on both ends of the floor. The Knicks were outscored by 11 in his 35 minutes. He was benched for a majority of the second half.

Prigioni didn’t give the Knicks the boost they hoped for. Playing for the first time in 16 games, the point guard had two points, two assists and three turnovers in 19 minutes.

Johnson torched the Knicks from deep, hitting four of his eight 3-point attempts. Andray Blatche had 19 points and 12 rebounds off the bench, taking advantage of the absence of Amar’e Stoudemire (ankle) and Kenyon Martin (ankle).

What’s next: The Knicks will play the Sixers on Wednesday. They had hoped to use their current eight-game homestand to climb out of the whole they had dug. They are 0-2 on the homestand thus far.

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