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Sunday, December 8, 2013
Melo: Boston loss 'an embarrassment'

By Ian Begley

Carmelo Anthony
Sunday's loss to the Celtics was the third-worst home defeat in team history.
NEW YORK -- The Knicks were down 25-3 just nine minutes into Sunday's game. And it got worse from there.

After the Knicks' 41-point debacle against Boston, Carmelo Anthony said what most Knicks fans were probably thinking.

"What Boston came here and did was an embarrassment," Anthony said. "To lose like that on our home court, I think everybody should be pissed off."

Sunday's loss was the third-worst home defeat in team history. New York lost to Dallas by 50 in 2010 and to the Pelicans (who were then known as the Hornets) by 43 in 2001-02.

This loss, however, came in a season in which the team had championship aspirations. No need to plan any parades at this point. The Knicks (5-14) have the second-worst record in the NBA.

"It’s a step backwards," coach Mike Woodson said after it was all over Sunday. "I thought we had turned the corner somewhat. I can’t have guys stepping on the floor doing what they did today."

What the Knicks did was embarrass themselves. The starters were outscored 89-29. Andrea Bargnani, Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert shot a combined 1-for-19.

The Knicks' defense allowed six Celtics to reach double figures. Boston shot a blistering 54 percent from the floor and led by 45 at one point.

"I wish I could explain it," Woodson said after the game. "I didn't see this coming."

The Celtics now lead the Atlantic Division with a 10-12 record. The Knicks are 3 1/2 games back. After winning games on Thursday and Friday by an average of 34 points, many thought the Knicks had turned a corner. Sunday showed they're still stuck in neutral.

The ball movement was stagnant and the perimeter defense was porous. But to Anthony, there was no need to delve into specifics.

"It’s no need for me to try to pinpoint what happened," he said. "[It was] a good old-fashioned ass-whipping to me."

How many more of those can Woodson afford before his job is in jeopardy? Only owner James Dolan can answer that question. For what it's worth, the players refused to lay blame on Woodson after Sunday's blowout.

"It's not on him. It's on the players," Amar'e Stoudemire said. "We had a solid game plan, we just have to go out and execute."

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