Friday, November 29, 2013
Halftime Report: Knicks at Nuggets
By Ian Begley
Here are a few observations from the first half of Knicks-Nuggets:
Making their point: The Nuggets' point guards are off to a good start against Raymond Felton and the Knicks. Denver's Ty Lawson had 14 points and six assists in the first half. He hit two of his three 3-point attempts.
Ex-Knick Nate Robinson also had his way, scoring 10 points and adding one assist in nine minutes.
The Knicks have had a tough time defending point guards all year long. This trip, against John Wall, Damian Lillard and Chris Paul prior to Friday night, has been particularly tough.
Felton is 1-for-6 from the floor. He has three points and four assists in 17 minutes.
Awful from outside: The Knicks were down double-digits in the first half but made a 10-1 run in the second quarter to cut the lead to four. They could be ahead in this game if they weren't shooting so poorly from the perimeter.
New York is 1-for-11 from beyond the arc through two quarters. Felton and J.R. Smith are both 0-for-3.
The first-half struggles are just another example of a troubling trend for New York. The Knicks shot 3-for-20 from behind the 3-point line on Wednesday against the Clippers.
Boos for Melo: Not surprisingly, Nuggets fans booed Carmelo Anthony nearly every time he touched the ball. Anthony is playing in Denver for the second time since the trade that sent him to New York in February 2011.
He had 11 points, four rebounds and a block in the first half. He shot 4-for-10 from the field.