New York Knicks: halftime report

Halftime Report: Knicks 41, Pistons 41

January, 7, 2014
Jan 7
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.

Halftime Report: Knicks 52, Mavericks 35

January, 5, 2014
Jan 5
DALLAS -- Here are a few observations from the first half:

Sick Chandler: Tyson Chandler exited the game after four minutes due to symptoms of an upper respiratory infection. The illness spoiled the mismatch the Knicks would have had, as the Mavericks started undersized center DeJuan Blair.

Hot start: Despite not having Chandler, the Knicks were able to get things going early against the porous Dallas defense. New York started the game 9-for-15 from the field. The Knicks were able to get whatever they wanted on the offensive end of the floor, as the Mavericks provided very little resistance. New York went on a 21-7 run during the final stretch of the opening quarter en route to a 29-17 lead.

Carmelo Anthony scored 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting in the first quarter, to go with four rebounds and three assists.

Opportunity knocking: Dallas committed six turnovers in the first half, and New York turned them into 13 points. The damage was done down low, as the Knicks had 26 points in the paint in the first half.

Halftime Report: Grizzlies 50, Knicks 40

December, 21, 2013
NEW YORK -- Here are a few observations from the first half of Knicks-Grizzlies:

10 p.m. Curfew? Not early enough: Maybe the Knicks should have set a 9:30 p.m. curfew. The team struggled for stretches in the first half against Memphis and is down 10 after two quarters. They walked off the floor to boos.

Mike Woodson's club was down 8-2 to start the game and the coach called a timeout to regroup. New York then woke up to take a three-point lead in the second quarter. But they were outscored 10-5 in the final 2:34 before the half.

Shump struggles: Iman Shumpert's shooting struggles continue. He was 0-4 in 10:43 of the first half. He has scored a total of 17 points in the past seven games. Woodson was asked before the game what Shumpert needed to do to get going and he replied simply, "Make shots." That's been a problem recently for the third-year guard.

Hip hop Toure': Knicks rookie Toure' Murry is playing on a sore ankle and doing an admirable job out there. He has two points and an assist in seven minutes. The assist was a nice behind-the-back pass to Tim Hardaway Jr. for a dunk. Beno Udrih also found Hardaway Jr. for an alleyoop in the first quarter. You can't accuse Hardaway Jr. of not playing without energy this afternoon.

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Halftime Report: Knicks 45, Bucks 44

December, 18, 2013
Here are a few observations from the first half of Knicks-Bucks:

Sloppy second: The Knicks built a nine-point lead on the strength of solid defense from Metta World Peace but Milwaukee stormed back on an 11-3 run late in the second quarter to close the gap to one point at the half.

Milwaukee was led by point guard Brandon Knight, who is the latest floor general to torch the Knicks. Knight has 22 points on 7-for-10 shooting. He's hit 4 of 5 3s and has been a handful for Knicks' point guard Beno Udrih.

Tyson returns: Tyson Chandler finished the half with two points, two rebounds a block and a steal in his first action in six weeks. The Knicks were outscored by five with Chandler on the floor.

Chandler understandably seemed winded late in the second quarter. It was his first time on the court since he broke his right leg on Nov. 5, so it makes sense that conditioning would be an issue.

Bench brings it: World Peace led a strong effort by the Knicks' bench. World Peace had four steals in four minutes. It's unclear why Mike Woodson subbed World Peace out.

Andrea Bargnani, relegated to the bench with Chandler back, had seven points and seven rebounds.

Tim Hardaway Jr. added five points and three assists in 11 minutes.

Halftime Report: Celtics 54, Knicks 48

December, 13, 2013
This sequel looks familiar: For a while in the first half, it looked like the Knicks picked up right where they left off on Sunday against the Celts. Which is to say they were pretty awful.

New York trailed by as many as 17 in the first half. At one point, they allowed Boston to score 14 straight.

But thanks to Carmelo Anthony (20 points), the Knicks were able to claw back late in the second quarter and cut the deficit to a more manageable six points at the half.

Anthony spurred a 20-9 run to end the second quarter.

No answer for Sully: New York struggled mightily on the interior. Mike Woodson's club allowed Celtics big man Jared Sullinger to abuse them to the tune of 17 points on 5-for-7 shooting. The Knicks, and Andrea Bargnani in particular, weren't able to slow Sullinger down. The second-year big got to the line seven times and hit all of his free throws. He also had game-high six rebounds.

Next to nothing from the backcourt: If the first half on Friday is any indication, the Knicks could use someone like Kyle Lowry to boost their backcourt.

Pablo Prigioni and Iman Shumpert combined for just two points on 0-for-6 shooting in 30 minutes. You're not going to win many basketball games when your backcourt gives you next to nothing on offense.

Prigioni did have three assists. New York was outscored by nine though in Shumpert's 12 first-half minutes.

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Halftime Report: Knicks 50, Nets 43

December, 5, 2013
Here are a few observations from the first half of the Knicks-Nets game:

The Knicks are up by seven, but it feels as if they let an opportunity to take control of the game slip away.

New York hit 12 of its first 14 shots and took a 15-point lead in the first quarter. But the Knicks allowed Brooklyn to come back on the strength of Brook Lopez's inside game (16 points, 7-for-14 shooting, 8 rebounds).

Lopez's counterpart, Andrea Bargnani, had a strong first half for the Knicks. He finished with 11 points, two assists and three blocks.

Felton feeling good: Raymond Felton is playing through hip pain, but you wouldn't know it based how he looked in the first half.

Felton seemed to be moving well. He had 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting in 18 minutes. But he also had three turnovers. Carmelo Anthony had an efficient half, scoring nine points on 4-for-7 shooting.

Shump vs. Blatche: Iman Shumpert and Andray Blatche mixed it up in the second quarter. Blatche set a hard screen, and the two went chest-to-chest and stared each other down. Blatche was whistled for an offensive foul and both players received a technical foul. Shumpert had six points, five rebounds and two steals in the first half.

The Knicks are being outrebounded on the offensive glass, 10-3.

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Halftime Report: Knicks at Nuggets

November, 29, 2013
Here are a few observations from the first half of Knicks-Nuggets:

Making their point: The Nuggets' point guards are off to a good start against Raymond Felton and the Knicks. Denver's Ty Lawson had 14 points and six assists in the first half. He hit two of his three 3-point attempts.

Ex-Knick Nate Robinson also had his way, scoring 10 points and adding one assist in nine minutes.

The Knicks have had a tough time defending point guards all year long. This trip, against John Wall, Damian Lillard and Chris Paul prior to Friday night, has been particularly tough.

Felton is 1-for-6 from the floor. He has three points and four assists in 17 minutes.

Awful from outside: The Knicks were down double-digits in the first half but made a 10-1 run in the second quarter to cut the lead to four. They could be ahead in this game if they weren't shooting so poorly from the perimeter.

New York is 1-for-11 from beyond the arc through two quarters. Felton and J.R. Smith are both 0-for-3.

The first-half struggles are just another example of a troubling trend for New York. The Knicks shot 3-for-20 from behind the 3-point line on Wednesday against the Clippers.

Boos for Melo: Not surprisingly, Nuggets fans booed Carmelo Anthony nearly every time he touched the ball. Anthony is playing in Denver for the second time since the trade that sent him to New York in February 2011.

He had 11 points, four rebounds and a block in the first half. He shot 4-for-10 from the field.

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Halftime Report: Knicks 52, Wizards 49

November, 23, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Here are a few observations from the first half of the Knicks-Wizards game.

Wow, Wall: The Knicks have had trouble defending point guards all season long. So far, Saturday night's been no different.

Washington's John Wall hit his first six shots from the field and finished 7-for-9 in the first half for a game-high 19 points. Beno Udrih, just like most other point guards in the league, had a tough time staying in front of Wall. It will be interesting to see how the Knicks defend Wall in the second half.

That's Amar'e: Amar'e Stoudemire turned back the clock to December 2010 in the first half. He hit all five of his shots for a season-high 10 points and three rebounds. Stoudemire had two strong moves in the post and finished a thunderous fast-break dunk over Garrett Temple. Wow.

Melo fellow: Carmelo Anthony has scored an average of 32 points per game in his last three games against Washington. He has 13 in the first half on Saturday and has hit five of eight shots.

The Knicks have 16 assists on 22 makes and just four turnovers.

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Halftime Report: Knicks 51, Bobcats 47

November, 8, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Life without Tyson Chandler hasn't been too terrible for the Knicks so far. They have a 51-47 lead on Charlotte after two quarters.

Here are a few observations from the first half:

Bargs is bringing it: Andrea Bargnani has a season-high 15 points on 7-for-16 shooting. He has only made one of five 3-point attempts but has done some damage around the rim, which is surprising, considering Bargnani's reputation as a perimeter shooter who shies away from contact. The 7-footer is 2-for-3 from inside the paint. He drove baseline on Charlotte's Bismack Biyombo and converted a reverse layup in the second quarter. The Knicks' bench loved it.

Perhaps more surprising, Bargnani has six rebounds and two blocks. The Knicks are outscoring the Bobcats by eight in his 21 minutes.

Paint protection? The Knicks have been outrebounded 26-21 with Chandler out, which is to be expected. They have held their own on the offensive boards (11 for NY, 7 for CHA) but are getting beaten on the defensive boards (19-10). But that's partially because of the Knicks taking 16 more shots than Patrick Ewing's Bobcats in the first half.

Carmelo scoring: Carmelo Anthony called his teammates out for a lack of intensity after Tuesday's loss to Charlotte. So far, he's letting his play do the talking Friday.

He has 16 first-half points with four assists and four rebounds and has gotten to the line five times.

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Halftime Reax: Timberwolves 64, Knicks 49

November, 3, 2013
The Knicks played in the first half like a bunch of guys who just ran the New York City Marathon.

They trailed by as many as 23 thanks to sloppy play, poor shooting and some porous interior defense.

Here are a few observations:

CARELESS WITH THE BALL: The Knicks had six turnovers in the first 12 minutes of the game. Minnesota scored 11 points off of those turnovers in the first half to take a 21-point lead. New York heard plenty of boos in the opening quarter, and deservedly so.

They allowed Minnesota to shoot 67 percent from the field.

Felton had two turnovers and four of the Knicks five starters turned the ball over at least once in the opening quarter. Mike Woodson called a timeout with 45 seconds to go to rip into his team.

BARGS BETTER: One guy who came to play for the Knicks early on? Andrea Bargnani. The Knicks' biggest offseason acquisition had a strong first half, scoring 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting with three rebounds and a steal. Bargnani had gone scoreless in the first half of his first two Knicks games.

Metta World Peace also had a strong first half, hitting five of his 10 shots for 12 points. Carmelo Anthony struggled with his shot, going 2 for 9 with seven points. He had six rebounds, four on the offensive end.

NO LOVE FOR NY: The Knicks had their hands full with Kevin Love. The Wolves power forward had 18 points, seven boards and three assists.

Minnesota was effective in getting to the paint and drawing contact. They shot 16 first-half free throws. The Knicks shot just seven.

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Halftime Report: Knicks 39, Celtics 27

May, 3, 2013
BOSTON -- The New York Knicks jumped out to a 24-10 lead in the first quarter, a credit to their defense and controlling the tempo in transition. Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics struggled to hit even open shots (midway through the second period); Paul Pierce was 1-for-10 with three turnovers. On the flip side, Carmelo Anthony scored 14 points on 5-for-12 shooting. Melo also got his hand in the game in other important ways, finishing with five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Here are four other main observations at the half:

1. Defense on point: The Knicks dominated the first quarter like they did the first three games of the series, and they did it with their defensive rotations, quick hands and aggressiveness. In the opening period alone, the Knicks had four steals and scored four fast-break points; the Celtics had none.

A key to the Knicks' defense was their early halfcourt trapping right when the Celtics' ball handler passed midcourt. Iman Shumpert was especially aggressive, playing all over the court. Mike Woodson said before the game that because half-court scoring would be hard to come by, they needed to collect steals and then push the ball to score. That's what they did in the first quarter.

2. Pablo Prigioni's playmaking: Woodson has credited Prigioni, once he was inserted into the starting lineup, for setting the tone of the team's offense. Well, in the first quarter, he hit three 3-pointers, fueling the Knicks to their big first quarter. The Argentine utilized his creativity and experience weaving back and forth in pick-and-rolls, which allowed him to create space to pull off his quicker release, something he's been working on in practice. He was also aggressively boxing out Avery Bradley and grabbed five rebounds in the first quarter.

3. Tyson Chandler's improved bounce: The starting center has made some progress game to game in the series. So far tonight, he has two blocks, five rebounds and four points (an offensive putback and alley-oop dunk). However, he was limited by three fouls in the first half.

4. Lack of second-chance opportunities: As the Celtics slightly clawed back midway through the second quarter, they controlled the defensive glass and then capitalized in the open court. The Knicks had only two second-chance points from an Anthony jump shot.

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Halftime Report: Knicks 69, Bobcats 47

March, 29, 2013
The 38 first-quarter points the Knicks scored were their second-highest to start a game this season. Fueling their 18-point lead after the opening period were J.R. Smith (23 points), Carmelo Anthony (17) and former Bobcat Raymond Felton (10).

The Knicks shot 62.5 percent from the field and 75 percent (9-for-12) from 3-point range, and held the lowly Bobcats to 42.9 percent from the field.

Here are four main observations at the half:

1. Iman Shumpert's sizzling start once again. On Wednesday night in a win over the Grizzlies, he had 13 points in the first quarter without missing. Tonight in the opening period, he was 2-for-2 each from the field, 3-point range and foul line, finishing with eight points, three assists and two steals. He continues to light it up from downtown in the month of March. Entering tonight, his accuracy was a team-high 46.8 percent (22-for-47).

In addition, Shumpert has taken a page out of Smith's recent attacking game, creating three plays off the dribble in the first quarter. On back-to-back possessions, he quickly penetrated the middle of the lane and dished to Felton once and then Anthony for 3-pointers.

Later, Shump drove down the baseline, pump faked, drew the foul and made both free throws. Defensively, he's been very active lately with his hands and predicting passes two steps ahead. From there, he's been pushing the ball well and making plays within the faster pace of the Knicks' recent offense.

2. Smith, the scoring machine. The sixth man is going for his third straight game with 30 or more points. He's never done that in his career. Smith has been scoring in every which way tonight -- off the dribble in half-court sets, as a one-man fast break and from long range. His 23 points have come with only two misses (9-for-11 from the field).

3. Melo's turnaround jumper. How do you know the Knicks' star is healthy? Because of one trademark low-post move he's been executing more and more lately. He's backing down his opponent well, spinning quickly and getting great lift and fade with his turnaround jumper. He connected on a couple of those tonight, including one that led to an and-one.

4. What the ...? With seconds remaining at the end of the first quarter, Jason Kidd threw up a left-handed hook shot from the top of the key that nearly went in. Whoa! That should be part of the highlight reel later tonight in a likely win.

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Halftime Report: Knicks 54, Wizards 48

March, 1, 2013
The Knicks are out to win three straight on Friday in Washington, D.C.

Here are a few notes from the first half:

KIDD OFF BENCH: In his debut off the bench, Jason Kidd was fairly effective. He had three assists in 14 minutes. He helped find open shots for the second unit.

J.R. Smith seemed to benefit most. He had 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting. Smith also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.

Starting in place of Kidd, James White went scoreless in five minutes.

SHUMP GETTING IT BACK? Iman Shumpert is still having a tough time on the offensive end, but his defense seems to be on the way back.

Shumpert, known as an excellent on-the-ball defender, has been more aggressive in recent games. That continued in the first half on Friday. He did not have any steals but came up with a few tipped balls and bothered Washington's wings.

Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 22 points and five rebounds.

AGGRESSIVE ANTHONY: He hasn't shot well, but Carmelo Anthony has still found ways to impact the game by getting to the free-throw line.

He took a game-high eight trips to the line in the first half in D.C. Anthony is coming off games in which he's shot 18 and 11 free throws, respectively. At a time when he's struggling with his 3-point shot, Anthony has been more aggressive with his drives to the rim.

He went 4-for-12 from the field and scored 15 points in the first half.

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Halftime Report: Bulls 57, Knicks 36

January, 11, 2013
The Knicks, 0-2 against the Bulls so far this season, trail Chicago at halftime Friday night, 57-36, at Madison Square Garden. The Bulls jumped out in front early, taking a 15-point lead in the first quarter, and leading 29-18 after one.

Chicago extended its lead to 22, 46-24, midway through the second quarter, prompting boos from the Garden crowd. The boos got louder when a Luol Deng bucket gave the Bulls their largest lead, 57-32, just before halftime.

Here are three observations at the half:

RUSTY MELO? Carmelo Anthony returned to the lineup for the Knicks after serving his one-game suspension Thursday night. Anthony was averaging an NBA-best 9.6 points in the first quarter, but came out ice-cold Friday night. He missed his first seven shots before converting a layup late in the first quarter.

Anthony finished the first half with a team-high 10 points, but shot just 4-for-14 from the field. Could it be rust? Then again, Anthony shot just 6-for-26 in his last game against the Celtics on Monday.

TIRED LEGS? The Knicks are 4-3 in the second game of back-to-backs so far this season, but they look a step slower than the Bulls, who last played on Wednesday. As a team, the Knicks shot 14-for-47 from the field in the first half (29.8 percent). The Bulls, on the other hand, shot 23-for-40 (57.5 percent).

Deng, the Bulls' leading scorer this season (17.4 ppg) with Derrick Rose still sidelined by a knee injury, played a brilliant first half. Deng already has 21 points, on 9-for-12 shooting, including 3-for-4 from beyond the arc. He also played very good defense on Anthony in the first half, forcing him into some tough shots.

NATE'S REVENGE: Former Knick Nate Robinson annoyed the Garden crowd when he did Steve Novak's "Discount Double Check" move, twice, after burying jump shots in the first half. The fans booed Robinson -- but not nearly as loud as they booed the Knicks, after such a poor first-half performance.

Halftime report: J.R. fills the void

December, 25, 2012
Here are a few observations from the first half of the Knicks-Lakers Christmas Day battle. Los Angeles leads, 51-49, after two quarters.

SMITH SIZZLES: With his Carmelo Anthony having a tough time against Metta World Peace, the Knicks needed to find another scoring option.

J.R. Smith had no problem filling the void.

The Knicks' sixth man had 14 points on 6-for-9 shooting in 16 minutes. He was aggressive on the offensive end and played solid defense against Kobe Bryant. Smith's athleticism was on full display -- he hit a fallaway jumper from beyond the arc with the shot clock winding down in the second quarter, to the dismay of the Staples Center crowd.

NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE FOR ANTHONY: Anthony had five quick points against Lakers rookie Darius Morris. But he had a tough time once the Lakers asked Metta World Peace to guard him.

Anthony went 4-for-11 in the first half and finished with ten points and five rebounds. He also picked up three fouls in the first half as World Peace, who had 16 points in the second quarter, seemed to get under his skin at times.

HELLO, MARCUS: For the first time since Nov. 26, Marcus Camby got into a game for the Knicks.

He had four points and three rebounds in six minutes. His presence took some of the burden off of Knicks center Tyson Chandler, who played 18 minutes in the first half.

Camby, though, nearly put a damper on the Knicks season when he drove to the basket and banged into Anthony's left knee. Anthony was hobbled but remained in the game.

PAINT POINTS: The Lakers, thanks mostly to a dominant front line, outscored the Knicks, 22-10 in the paint. They outscored New York, 14-2, in paint points in the first quarter. The Knicks shot 4-for-13 from three.



Carmelo Anthony
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
ReboundsC. Anthony 8.1
AssistsP. Prigioni 3.5
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2