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Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Suns 91, Knicks 88

By Jared Zwerling



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WHAT IT MEANS: The Knicks have lost four in a row and simply can't shoot. Carmelo Anthony was 5-for-22 from the field, Amare Stoudemire was 7-for-22 and the Knicks shot 37 percent (32-for-86) as a team.

The Knicks still had a chance to win, but Steve Nash iced the game with six free throws in the final minute.

TURNING POINT: The Knicks came out flat -- again -- on both sides of the ball. On offense, they didn't set a tempo -- something a home team must always focus on -- and looked confused at times on offense about who should get the ball where. On defense, they didn't fight through screens and switched when Nash went around screens. Nash scored 11 points in the first quarter alone.

The Knicks played so passively that the sold-out crowd was mostly quiet throughout the game. The loudest sounds from the Garden were mostly boos and "Fire D'Antoni!"

WHAT'S NEXT: Another subpar team the Knicks should beat, the Bucks, who arrive at the Garden on Friday night. But the Knicks haven't been blowing away anyone these days. Brandon Jennings, the Bucks' leading scorer at 18.7 points per game, is the league's second-best fourth-quarter scorer (7.6 ppg) -- right behind Anthony (9.2).

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