Friday, January 17, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Clippers 109, Knicks 95
By Ian Begley
The Knicks play their next seven games at home. Under normal circumstances, that would be a welcome quirk of the schedule.
But nothing has been normal about this season.
The Knicks lost to the Clippers, 109-95, at Madison Square Garden on Friday to fall to 7-13 at home. They're tied with the Orlando Magic for the second-worst home record in the NBA.
Last season, in which they won the Atlantic division, New York finished 31-10 at home.
The Knicks fell to 10 games under .500 with Friday's loss -- their third straight. They'd won five of six to start the calendar year but all of the momentum from that stretch is now gone.
Carmelo Anthony struggled from the field against the Clippers. He missed 19 of 23 attempts in his worst shooting performance of the season.
Anthony ended up with 26 points (he went 16-for-16 from the free-throw line) and pulled down 20 rebounds. J.R. Smith added 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting and Iman Shumpert was scoreless in 25 minutes. Raymond Felton had just five points in 32 minutes.
Fourth-quarter barrage: The Clippers missed 18 of their first 21 3-point attempts but heated up in the fourth, hitting four of their first six to take control of the game.
The Knicks trailed by as many as 19 in the fourth and heard boos throughout the final quarter. They allowed Los Angeles to hit 11 of 18 shots in the last 12 minutes. Ex-Knick Jamal Crawford torched the his former team for 29 points off the bench. Blake Griffin put on a show, finishing with 32 points on 12-for-20 shooting.
Sloppy with the ball: Each Knicks starter had at least two turnovers. New York turned it over 18 times overall. Los Angeles had 20 points off of turnovers. Without the injured Chris Paul, the Clippers still ran up 34 fast-break points. The Knicks had only seven.
Jeremy joins in: The lone bright spot for the Knicks was Jeremy Tyler. Tyler played extended minutes for the first time this season due to injuries to Amar'e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin. The 22-year-old responded with six points in his first five minutes on the court.