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Friday, December 13, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Celtics 90, Knicks 86

By Ian Begley

The good news?

The Knicks didn't lose by 41.

The bad news? Their offense stalled late in the fourth quarter and they let an 11-point lead slip away in a 90-86 loss to Boston.

They're now 6-16, which is the third-worst record in the NBA and the worst record in an awful Atlantic Division.

Can't finish: Carmelo Anthony gave the Knicks a three-point lead with 4:07 to play in the fourth when he hit a layup and got fouled. But the Knicks made just one of their final seven shots (included two misses from Anthony) and Boston closed the game on a 12-5 run to erase an 11-point second-half deficit.

New York, by the way, has won consecutive games just once this season.

Melo night: Anthony finished with a game-high 26 and carried the Knicks for most of the night, but the offense seemed to stall late with the ball in Anthony's hands. He finished 9-for-24 from the floor.

Andrea Bargnani started slow but finished with 22 points. Amar'e Stoudemire's strong play continued. He had 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting in 30 minutes. But the Knicks didn't get enough from the perimeter to win the game.

J.R. quiet: J.R. Smith had an incredibly quiet night. He took just one shot and went scoreless in 26 minutes. The Knicks didn't get much from their wings on Friday. Tim Hardaway Jr. was scoreless in eight minutes.

New York got just eight points combined from Pablo Prigioni (5) and Iman Shumpert (3) in 62 minutes. It's hard to win an NBA game when you get that kind of production from your perimeter players.

K Mart out: Kenyon Martin left with an abdominal injury. We'll have more on that after the game. With Martin hobbled, Jared Sullinger went off for 19 points. Courtney Lee had 18 and Avery Bradley finished with 13, including a big 3 with under two minutes to play to put Boston ahead for good.

What's next: The Knicks will take on the Hawks in the second game of a back-to-back on Saturday night.

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