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Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Halftime Report: Knicks 41, Pistons 41

By Ian Begley

NEW YORK -- Here are a few observations from the first half of Knicks-Pistons:

Not pretty: This was a first half only Dr. James Naismith himself could love. The Knicks shot just 33 percent from the field and the Pistons hit 36 percent of their shots.

Not good.

The Knicks bench struggled mightily. Amar'e Stoudemire missed six of seven shots. Beno Udrih and Tim Hardaway Jr. each went 0-for-3 from the floor.

It wasn't all bad: Carmelo Anthony and Andrea Bargnani were the only two Knicks to shoot the ball well in the first half. Anthony hit six of 11 shots for 14 points and Bargnani hit five of nine attempts for 11 points. Bargnani also had seven rebounds.

Ray's back: Raymond Felton is playing his first game following a six-game absence with a groin injury.

He had five points on 2-for-6 shooting to go along with three assists and two turnovers. J.R. Smith had six points on 2-for-5 shooting and appeared to fake untying one of the Pistons' shoes. He was warned by the NBA for untying Shawn Marion's shoe during Sunday's game.