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Rapid Reaction: Suns 102, Knicks 88

March, 29, 2014
Mar 29
The Knicks are still fighting for a playoff spot, right?

They looked like a team planning offseason vacations and scheduling tee times on Friday night in Phoenix.

New York was absolutely embarrassed by the Suns, falling behind by as many as 32 points in a 102-88 loss.

The defeat dropped the Knicks two games back of the eighth-place Atlanta Hawks, who were idle on Friday, but New York trails the Hawks by three games in the loss column with just nine games to play.

Eight of the Knicks' final nine games are against teams in playoff position.

Missing the point: There was plenty of blame to go around on Friday, but if you’re looking for one guy to point the finger at, you might want to take a look at Raymond Felton.

Felton and his fellow Knicks perimeter defenders were torched by Phoenix’s Goran Dragic.

Dragic torched the Knicks for 18 points in the first quarter and finished with 32 points on 11 of 17 shooting.

Dragic hit five of his nine 3-point attempts, and Phoenix knocked down 14 of 33 overall from deep.

Markieff Morris crushed the Knicks with 16 points off the bench on 5-for-7 shooting, and Eric Bledsoe added 16, seven rebounds and six assists.

Awful effort: You’d think a team that had a chance to close to within one game of eighth place would come out with high energy and effort. That didn’t happen. They trailed by 22 in the second quarter and were outscored in fast-break points 15-0 in the first half. They were also outscored 28-8 in the paint in the first half.

That’s Amar’e: The final score aside, Amar’e Stoudemire made a good impression in his return to Phoenix, where he spent the first eight seasons of his career. Stoudemire had 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 21 points on 8-for-20 shooting, but Phoenix’s P.J. Tucker did a nice job slowing him down.

Tyson Chandler had a rough night, finishing with one point on 0-for-4 shooting and seven rebounds. The Knicks were outscored by 21 with Chandler on the floor, but he wasn't alone in that plus-minus measure tonight.

What’s next: The Knicks will play the Golden State Warriors on Sunday in Oakland, Calif.

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Rapid Reaction: Knicks 93, 76ers 92

March, 21, 2014
Mar 21
That would have been embarrassing.

The Knicks nearly blew a 17-point fourth quarter lead to a hapless Philadelphia 76ers squad that has now lost 23 straight games. Luckily for coach Mike Woodson, New York managed to hold on to win its eighth in a row and keep its faint playoff hopes alive.

Woodson pulled his starters with the Knicks up 17 and 5:13 left, and Philadelphia stormed back with a 16-1 run to pull within two with less than 15 seconds to play.

With a chance to tie, the Sixers turned the ball over. Carmelo Anthony made just one of two free throws, giving Philly another opportunity to tie. Michael Carter-Williams' 3-point attempt went off the glass and bounced out, allowing the Knicks to escape with a win.

New York is three games behind the eighth-place Atlanta Hawks, who lost to the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.

The Knicks are making a strong push for the postseason, but history is not on their side. According to Elias, only one team in the past 30 seasons has made the playoffs after trailing by four or more games with 14 or fewer games to play.

Not pretty:This game was an NBA eyesore. The Knicks shot 41 percent from the floor and started the game 1-for-16 from deep. The Knicks and 76ers combined to shoot 24 percent from beyond the arc.

Anthony struggled from the floor for much of the night. He finished with 21 points on 5-for-16 shooting. The Knicks' leading scorer missed seven of his first nine shots.

STAT sizzles: Amar'e Stoudemire continued his incredible run on Friday. He led the Knicks with 22 points on 10-for-15 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds. He threw down several thunderous dunks and is bringing an added dimension to the Knicks starting five.

In his past eight games (all as a starter), Stoudemire averaged 17 points per game.

Coming up big: Tyson Chandler was a strong presence on Friday. Chandler had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Cole Aldrich added six rebounds off the bench. The Knicks outscored the Sixers in the paint 42-34.

Shump Shump: Iman Shumpert has looked strong in his new bench role in recent games. On Friday, he had 11 points and knocked down three of six attempts from 3-point range.

What's next: The Knicks will host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.

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Rapid Reaction: Knicks 115, Bucks 94

March, 15, 2014
Mar 15
Clearly, Phil Jackson is already having an impact on the Knicks.

The day after Jackson signed a deal to become Knicks president, the team thrashed the hapless Bucks to win their sixth straight game, a season high.

The 115-94 matinee win moved New York to within three games of eighth-place Atlanta. The Hawks, who have won two straight, play the Nuggets later Saturday.

New York (27-40) led by 25 in the second quarter and never looked back as the Bucks dropped their third in a row and eighth in the past 11 games.

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 23 points on an efficient 8-for-16 shooting line. New York had four players score at least 14 points. Tim Hardaway Jr. continued his hot shooting, pouring in 19 points on 8-for-12 shooting.

And Iman Shumpert added 14 points, breaking the 10-point mark for the first time since Feb. 9.

Rise and shine: The Knicks entered play 0-7 in games that began prior to 3:30 p.m. Some of their most embarrassing losses of the season were in games that started in the afternoon. They lost by 31 to San Antonio at home in an afternoon game and by 41 to Boston at Madison Square Garden. In all, their average margin of defeat in those games was more than 20 points.

But New York looked chipper against the Bucks, shooting above 50 percent for the sixth straight game and holding Milwaukee to 44 percent shooting. The Knicks have won six in a row by double figures.

That's Amar'e: Amar'e Stoudemire returned from a one-game absence and made his presence felt in the third quarter. He had nine points in the third to help the Knicks maintain a 20-plus point lead. Stoudemire finished with 15 points on 6-for-13 shooting. The Knicks are 6-1 since Stoudemire entered the starting lineup.

Tyson Chandler returned from a two-game absence due to a personal matter and had two points and five rebounds in 25 minutes.

What's next: The Knicks will have a few days to prepare for Wednesday's game against Indiana.

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Rapid Reaction: Knicks 108, Jazz 81

March, 7, 2014
Mar 7
If nothing else, the Knicks did a nice job selling themselves to Phil Jackson on Friday night.

With reports swirling that the Knicks reached out to Jackson to coach or run the team, New York came out and crushed the hapless Jazz to win their second straight game.

The Knicks last won consecutive games Jan. 28-30.

New York improved to 23-40 with the win and held on to its tenuous playoff chances. The Knicks are five games back of the Hawks for the eighth seed in the woeful Eastern Conference.

Only two teams since 1984 have rebounded from five-game deficits with fewer than 25 games to play to make the postseason. New York plays just one team over .500 in its next nine games, so if the Knicks want to make a run, the coming schedule presents a nice opportunity.

Melo fellow: Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 29 points in 32 minutes. Anthony, playing with a cold, poured in 18 in the first quarter as the Knicks raced out to a 17-point lead.

Anthony had eight assists and hit 10 of 19 shots from the field.

Anthony’s hot early shooting propelled the Knicks to a season-high 39 first-quarter points. In their win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday, the Knicks had 38.

Five alive: Once again, coach Mike Woodson went with a starting lineup that included Amar'e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith. The moved seemed to work.

Four of the Knicks’ starters finished in double figures. Stoudemire had eight points in the first quarter. Smith added 17, and Tyson Chandler had 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Since Woodson inserted Stoudemire into the starting lineup three games ago, the Knicks have outscored opponents by 42 points in the first quarter.

Sad song: The Jazz fell to 0-5 on their road trip and have lost five in a row against the Knicks. New York limited Utah to 41 percent shooting from the field. The Jazz missed 21 of 27 3-point attempts.

What’s next: The Knicks will play the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Saturday night.

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Rapid Reaction: Pistons 96, Knicks 85

March, 3, 2014
Mar 3
Different night, same result.

That’s the best way to describe what you’re seeing from the New York Knicks right now.

New York blew a 14-point lead and fell apart in disastrous fashion in the second half, losing 96-85 on the road to the Detroit Pistons on Monday.

The Knicks have lost seven in a row, and 13 of 15. The defeat left Mike Woodson's club a season-high 19 games below .500. They are 6½ games out of the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference with 21 games to play.

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 28 points on 11-for-21 shooting. Amar'e Stoudemire, starting for the second time this season, had 22 points on 9-for-11 shooting.

Both players got off to strong starts to help the Knicks establish that 14-point second quarter lead. But the lead evaporated quickly, as the Knicks trailed by four midway through the third quarter and fell apart in the fourth quarter.

The Knicks started 3-for-15 from the field in the fourth with five turnovers as the Pistons went up by double-digits.

Detroit had five players in double figures and was led by Andre Drummond, who had 17 points and an eye-popping 26 rebounds.

Solid start: Woodson shook up the starting lineup, going with J.R. Smith and Stoudemire and sending Iman Shumpert and Pablo Prigioni to the bench.

It seemed to spark the Knicks, who led by eight points after one quarter and gave up just 20 points after allowing 38 and 37 points in the first quarter in the previous two games. Stoudemire certainly benefited, but Smith struggled. The reigning Sixth Man Award winner missed his first 10 shots and finished with 16 points.

The move to the bench seemed to help Shumpert early on. He was more aggressive on both ends of the floor and helped the Knicks establish the early lead.

Not Ray’s day: Raymond Felton's season-long struggles continue. In his fourth game since being arraigned and charged with two weapons-related felonies, Felton went 1-for-9 from the field. Tim Hardaway Jr. also struggled, going 0-for-6 from the floor and finishing scoreless in 21 minutes.

The Knicks' backcourt, as a whole, finished 9-for-41 from the floor. Wow.

What’s next: The Knicks will play in Minnesota on Wednesday.

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Rapid Reaction: Warriors 126, Knicks 103

February, 28, 2014
Feb 28
NEW YORK -- Back in November, Knicks owner James Dolan said his team had enough talent to compete for a championship.

We’re not even in March yet, but it seems clear that the Knicks don’t even have enough talent to make the playoffs.

New York was embarrassed on its home floor in a 23-point loss to Golden State. It was the Knicks' second straight loss of at least 20 points.

The defeat left New York a season-high 17 games under .500.

The Knicks have lost eight of nine and are six games out of the eighth seed in the East with 23 games to play.

Stephen Curry led the Warriors with a triple-double (27 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds). In a sign of just how bad this night was for the Knicks, Curry established the triple-double with three minutes to go in the third. It wasn’t as impressive as his 54-point night at MSG last February, but it was more than enough for Golden State, which improved to 36-23. Klay Thompson added 25 points for the Warriors.

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 23 points and 16 rebounds but missed 19 of his 26 shots. The Knicks shot 38 percent from the floor, had 16 turnovers and were outscored by 14 in the paint.

Tyson loses his cool: Tyson Chandler and Golden State’s Marreese Speights got into it in the fourth quarter. Chandler and Speights got into a shoving match midway through the fourth, drawing double technicals. Chandler then continued to jaw at Speights after Speights hit two jump shots over him. He was then whistled for his second technical and tossed out of the game.

He finished with six points and 12 rebounds but missed 8 of 10 shots.

Smith struggles: Chandler wasn’t the only Knick to have a tough shooting night. J.R. Smith shot 7-for-19 and finished with 17 points. Raymond Felton had eight points and six turnovers in his second game since being arraigned and charged with two weapons-related felonies.

Good to see you, David: Ex-Knick David Lee did most of his damage early on. He had 10 points and six rebounds to help Golden State establish a 21-point halftime lead. Veteran Jermaine O’Neal had 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

What’s next: The Knicks will take on the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.

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Rapid Reaction: Hawks 107, Knicks 98

February, 22, 2014
Feb 22
ATLANTA -- One night after banking one of the worst losses of the season in Orlando, Fla., the Knicks lost their grip on a very winnable game when the Atlanta Hawks rallied from a 17-point, third-quarter deficit to send New York home with a 107-98 loss that saddled the Knicks with a 1-3 road trip.

Carmelo Anthony was his usual brilliant offensive self with 35 points -- although he managed seven in the fateful 39-25 fourth quarter -- and Tyson Chandler added a season-high 23 rebounds to go with 10 points.

New York, though, vanished on defense as the free-falling Hawks put together a 20-2 run over the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth to take control for good and end an eight-game losing streak.

The hero?

Atlanta second-year forward Mike Scott, who scored a career-high 30 off the bench. He didn’t start even though Hawks All-Star forward Paul Millsap was out with a right-knee contusion, and Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer went with a small lineup that featured small forward DeMarre Carroll opening in the power spot.

Atlanta made 16 of 31 3-pointers.

What it means: The Knicks and Hawks split their four-game season series. More importantly, New York fell another game behind Atlanta in the race for the final playoff spot in the East. The Hawks (26-29) lead the Detroit Pistons (23-32), Cleveland Cavaliers (22-34) and then the Knicks (21-35) by 5½ games.

The way it turned: The Hawks scored on seven straight possessions wrapped around the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth, including six straight 3-point shots. The first two came at the end of the third quarter to jump-start Atlanta’s 20-2 burst.

A most excellent timeout: As soon as Scott threw down an alley-oop on a pass from reserve guard Louis Williams early in the second quarter, Knicks coach Mike Woodson called timeout. With 9:35 left in the period, that fast break gave Atlanta a 33-23 lead after the Hawks had scored the first nine points of the period.

All the Knicks did from there was close the second quarter on a 29-6 run for a 52-39 halftime lead.

Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire each scored eight points in the period, and Chandler added eight points and six rebounds.

Keep calm and move along: Things got a bit frosty with 5:47 left in the third quarter when Anthony, Woodson and Carroll all drew technical fouls at a stop in play. It was not immediately clear what all of the fuss was about, but Anthony clearly was chirping aloud about something just moments earlier.

Only one free throw was taken, and Atlanta’s Kyle Korver made it to shrink the New York lead to 63-49.

What's next: After wrapping up a four-game road trip, the Knicks return home -- briefly -- for a Monday game against the Dallas Mavericks. They’ll play Thursday at Miami to kick off a stretch during which four of five games will be on the road. Hopefully, general manager Steve Mills will come up with another player or two, and quick.

Rapid Reaction: Thunder 112, Knicks 100

February, 9, 2014
Feb 9
Sunday’s Knicks-Thunder game was billed as a matchup between two of the top scorers on the planet.

There was one problem for the Knicks, though: Their big scorer failed to show up.

Carmelo Anthony missed 14 of 19 shots and finished with just 15 points -- his lowest point total of the season. He had just one field goal in his last 21 minutes on the floor.

Kevin Durant, on the other hand, was masterful, finishing one assist shy of a triple-double. The NBA’s leading scorer had 41 points on 12-of-22 shooting. He got to the line 18 times, making 13 free throws. Durant also pulled down 10 rebounds and handed out nine assists.

Oklahoma City point guard Reggie Jackson added 17 points and six assists and Serge Ibaka had 16 points on 8-for-11 shooting with nine rebounds.

The Knicks (20-31) allowed Oklahoma City to shoot 54 percent from the floor and hit 12 of 27 3s (44 percent). The Thunder had 28 assists on 39 made shots. The Knicks, on the other hand, shot 43 percent from the floor and were outscored 15-4 on fast-break points.

Oklahoma City has won 13 of 15 and, at 40-10, has the second-best record in the NBA.

The Knicks have lost four of five and are two games behind Charlotte for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks are also a game back of Detroit, which fired coach Maurice Cheeks on Sunday.

Knicks coach Mike Woodson has been on the hot season for much of the season. His seat will only get hotter if the Knicks lose their next game -- at home against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.

Anthony off: Durant lived up to his end of the bargain, but Anthony struggled for much of the afternoon.

Anthony missed five of his first six shots and had just two points in the first quarter. At the half, he was 3-for-9 with seven points. Durant, on the other hand, had 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting at the half. He has 31 30-point games and has scored at least 25 points in 18 consecutive games.

Durant also did a fantastic job guarding Anthony for most of the game on Sunday. Anthony missed 8 of 10 in the second half.

Anthony led the Knicks in scoring in 42 of his 47 games played this season. On Sunday, Raymond Felton and Amar’e Stoudemire led New York with 16 points each.

Anthony’s off afternoon was a big departure from what we've seen from him lately. Anthony averaged 33.6 points per game in his last eight games prior to Sunday and was shooting 51.3 percent from the field. Anthony and Durant have combined to win the past four regular-season scoring titles. Durant entered play today averaging four more points than Anthony.

Quiet afternoon for Smith: J.R. Smith entered play averaging 19.5 points over his last six games. He struggled to match that average against Oklahoma City.

Smith finished with seven points on 3-for-10 shooting. He took a shot to the head on a drive in the fourth quarter when his head collided with Durant’s knee. But Smith appeared to be OK. Tim Hardaway Jr. had just two points in 22 minutes. Iman Shumpert shot well from beyond the arc, hitting four 3s in 22 minutes to finish with 12 points.

What’s next: The Knicks will return home to prepare for Wednesday’s home game against Sacramento, their last game before the All Star break.

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Rapid Reaction: Knicks 117, Nuggets 90

February, 7, 2014
Feb 7
NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks didn’t look like a disaster Friday night.

Carmelo Anthony went off for 31 points against his old team to help New York snap a three-game losing streak, and -- for one night at least -- everything seemed right for the Knicks.

With Mike Woodson on the hot seat, the Knicks dominated the Denver Nuggets in the final three quarters to improve to 20-30 overall, 12-17 at home.

One day after Woodson called the season a “disaster,” his team led by as many as 27 points in the fourth quarter.

Anthony scored his game-high 31 points in just 33 minutes. He hit 12 of 21 shots. Four other Knicks scored at least 12 points, led by Amar'e Stoudemire (17 points, eight rebounds).

Red-hot third: The Knicks poured it on in the third quarter, hitting 63 percent of their shots (14-for-22). They knocked down four of 10 3-point attempts. Anthony had 11 points in the quarter, and Stoudemire added six on 3-for-3 shooting. New York outscored Denver 33-24 to take a commanding 15-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Woody still confident: Despite reports that Woodson’s job is in jeopardy, the coach said before the game that he is “very confident” that his team can make the postseason. The Knicks are two games behind the Bobcats in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.

If the Knicks continue to get the kind of production from Stoudemire they received Friday, they should be in good shape.

Stoudemire made seven of 12 shots and did a lot of damage in just 20 minutes. J.R. Smith added 13 points, and Jeremy Tyler and Tyson Chandler chipped in 12 apiece.

Strong finish: The Knicks stumbled early on, as the Nuggets took a 10-point first-quarter lead with a 12-2 run. But the Knicks finished the first half by making 10 of their last 13 field goal attempts after missing 14 of 18.

Much-maligned point guard Raymond Felton had eight assists and two steals in 28 minutes. The Knicks outscored the Nuggets by 18 when Felton was on the floor. Overall, New York had 23 assists on 48 makes.

Ty Lawson led the Nuggets with 24 points, but the Knicks held Denver to 42 percent shooting.

What’s next: The Knicks will travel to Oklahoma City to play the Thunder on Sunday afternoon.

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Rapid Reaction: Bucks 101, Knicks 98

February, 3, 2014
Feb 3
In a season full of bad losses, Monday night’s has to be one of the worst for the Knicks.

Milwaukee point guard Brandon Knight hit a 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds to break a tie and give the Bucks a 101-98 win over the Knicks.

The Bucks improved to 9-39 but have the worst record in the NBA. Simply put, this was a game the Knicks needed to win. Milwaukee entered play Monday on a six-game losing streak. They had lost seven in a row to the Knicks (19-29).

But that streak was snapped thanks to Knight, who led five double-digit Bucks scorers with 25 points.

In addition to the game-winning 3-pointer, Knight cut to the hoop, received a beautiful pass by Zaza Pachulia and converted a layup to put the Bucks up three with 27 seconds to play. He beat Raymond Felton on the backdoor cut.

Carmelo Anthony knocked down a 3 to tie the score with 19 seconds to go, but the Knicks couldn’t get a stop on the last possession as Knight hit a shot over the outstretched arms of Felton.

Anthony did everything he could to help the Knicks cut a six-point, fourth-quarter deficit. Anthony had 17 points in the final 12 minutes, but New York couldn’t get enough stops down the stretch. Anthony finished with a game-high 36. J.R. Smith had 30.

The Knicks have lost two straight after winning four in a row at home. With 29 losses, they have already surpassed their loss total from last season.

Missing the point: The Knicks didn’t get much from their point guards on Monday. Raymond Felton missed six of his first seven shots and finished with three points in 35 minutes. Pablo Prigioni, not known as a scorer, had three points but just one assist in 22 minutes.

Iman Shumpert, who plays small forward in the Knicks’ small-ball lineup, had just five points in 25 minutes. He was playing his first game following a two-game absence due to a shoulder injury.

Knight, the Bucks’ point guard, had his way for most of the game. He hit 4 of 8 from the 3-point line and had seven assists.

Slow start: The Knicks went scoreless in the first three minutes and missed five of their first six shots. They started 0-for-4 from the free throw line. Free throws hurt the Knicks all night. They finished 15-of-24 from the line, so if you’re looking for something to point your finger at, look no further than the free throw line.

New York’s perimeter defense also wasn’t there on Monday. The club allowed the Bucks to hit 11 of 18 3s. Khris Middleton went 5-for-6 from 3.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, the “Greek Freak”, finished with 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting. He had a putback dunk to put the Bucks up by 10 with 9:11 to play.

Hard times: Knicks rookie Tim Hardaway entered play scoring 18 points per game and hitting 50 percent of his 3s in his past five contests. That hot streak ended on Monday. Hardaway Jr. couldn’t find his shot against Milwaukee, finishing 2-for-10 from the floor in 28 minutes.

What’s next: The Knicks will come home to prepare for Wednesday’s game against Damian Lillard and the Trailblazers.

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Rapid Reaction: Knicks 117, Cavs 86

January, 30, 2014
Jan 30
NEW YORK – Right now, it seems like less is more for the New York Knicks.

Playing without injured starters Andrea Bargnani and Iman Shumpert, the Knicks cruised to a 117-86 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. They’ve won four straight games heading into their showdown Saturday with the Miami Heat.

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 29 points and five rebounds in 30 minutes. Anthony has scored 140 points in his past four games, including a 62-point night last Friday against Charlotte. Tim Hardaway Jr. poured in a career-high 29.

With Bargnani out, the Knicks have played with a smaller lineup featuring Anthony at power forward, and it seems to have sparked the offense.

J.R. Smith started in place of Shumpert on Thursday and poured in 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting. He got the Garden crowd going with two emphatic dunks.

The Knicks (19-27) are now a half-game out of the final playoff spot in the East. They’re 4-3 on their current home stand, which concludes Saturday against Miami. The Knicks beat Miami, 102-92, on Jan. 9.

Tim’s time: If you can draw one conclusion from Thursday’s game, it’s this: The Knicks got a steal in the 2013 draft. Cleveland did not.

First overall pick Anthony Bennett finished with four points and two rebounds on 1-for-6 shooting in 22 minutes. Tim Hardaway Jr., selected 24th in the first round by the Knicks, had a career-high 29 points on 11-for-17 shooting.

The Michigan man hit 6-for-12 3-pointers. Three of those 3s came after Cleveland cut a 29-point lead to 14 in the fourth. Hardaway Jr.’s 3s expanded the lead to 22 and put the game away.

Smith sizzles: J.R. Smith seems to be getting back into form following offseason knee surgery. Smith had one of his best nights of the season against Cleveland. He helped the Knicks get out to a 17-point lead after one quarter by pouring in 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting.

He threw down an electric dunk after a drive past 2013's first overall pick Anthony Bennett. Smith slowed down a bit in the second half but managed to get the crowd going with another acrobatic dunk on a breakaway in the fourth.

D-fense: The Knicks held the Cavs to 36 percent shooting. Cleveland made just 8 of 26 3s. Kyrie Irving shot 10-for-25 from the floor and had just three assists in 39 minutes.

What’s next: The Knicks will practice on Friday to prepare for Saturday’s game against Miami.

Rapid Reaction: Knicks 114, Celtics 88

January, 28, 2014
Jan 28

NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony didn’t have a big scoring night on Tuesday. Didn’t need to.

Instead, he did a little bit of everything to help the Knicks to their third straight win.

Anthony had 24 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lift New York to a 114-88 win over the Boston Celtics, who have lost 15 of 17.

The Knicks had five players score in double figures for the second straight game, a sign that the team might be starting to find the offensive balance it played with so frequently last season.

The Knicks also had five double-digit scorers in Sunday’s win over the Los Angeles Lakers. On Friday against the Charlotte Bobcats, Anthony scored a Knicks and MSG-record 62 points.

Against Boston, J.R. Smith chipped in 17 points off the bench on 6-for-14 shooting. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 14 points in 33 minutes, and big man Jeremy Tyler had 17.

In all, the Knicks shot 53 percent from the field and hit 10 of 20 3-pointers.

Wasn’t all good: The Knicks might be without Iman Shumpert for an extended period. Shumpert left Tuesday’s game in the first quarter with a right shoulder injury and did not return. The severity of the injury is unclear.

Also, Kenyon Martin returned after missing five games with a left-ankle injury and re-sprained the ankle in the first half. Martin had earlier aggravated the injury against the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 16.

The Knicks said he was available to return but he did not.

Solid defense: New York held Boston to 39 percent shooting. Through three quarters, Boston had missed 12 of 15 3s. This Celtics performance was a far cry from what the Knicks saw in early December, when Boston beat them by 41.

Jeff Green led Boston with 14 points. Rajon Rondo had 7 points, 5 assists and 4 turnovers.

What’s next: The Knicks will practice Wednesday and play the Cleveland Cavaliers at home on Thursday.

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Rapid Reaction: Knicks 110, Lakers 103

January, 26, 2014
Jan 26
NEW YORK -- How’s that for an encore?

One game after scoring a team-record 62 points, Carmelo Anthony poured in 35 more to lead the Knicks to a 110-103 win over the Lakers on Sunday.

Anthony didn’t set any single-game records this time around, but he did score three key baskets late in the fourth quarter to help the Knicks (17-27) win their second straight.

Anthony had plenty of help on Sunday. Raymond Felton scored 20 points, and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 18. J.R. Smith chipped in 16 off the bench.

The Knicks shot 48 percent against a Lakers team that has struggled on defense all season long. New York also hit 11 of 26 3-point attempts (42 percent).

The Lakers have lost 16 of 19 and were probably a little fatigued Sunday. They were playing their seventh straight game on the road.

It wasn't easy, but the Knicks aren’t in any position to worry about style points. Mike Woodson’s club hopes to continue to climb out of the hole it has put itself in this coming week -- the Knicks have home games against the Celtics and Cavaliers before the Heat come to town on Saturday.

Melo fellow: Anthony didn’t come close to duplicating his 62-point performance on Sunday, but he had a pretty solid day at the office. He finished 14-for-31 and had five assists and four rebounds against Mike D’Antoni’s Lakers.

He missed 7 of his 10 shots in the fourth quarter, but with the Lakers down just two points and five minutes to go, Anthony took over. He had three straight Knicks baskets in a span of 2:30 to give his team a seven-point cushion with two minutes to play.

Ray’s day: Felton went through a two-game stretch shooting just 4-for-15 this past week. But he seemed to break out a bit on Sunday. Felton had 20 points, five assists and just one turnover against the Lakers. The Knicks outscored the Lakers by 11 in Felton’s 36 minutes on the floor.

Tyson Chandler added 13 points and 14 rebounds, helping New York outrebound Los Angeles 45 to 35.

What’s next: The Knicks will practice Monday to prepare for Tuesday’s game against the Celtics.

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Rapid Reaction: Sixers 110, Knicks 106

January, 22, 2014
Jan 22
NEW YORK -- Here we go again.

The New York Knicks lost 110-106 to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night to drop their fifth straight game. They are 0-3 on their current eight-game homestand, a record that will lead to more public speculation about coach Mike Woodson’s job status.

Woodson was on the hot seat earlier this season during New York’s nine-game losing streak. James Dolan issued two separate votes of confidence for Woodson.

The Knicks seemed to turn the corner after the second one, winning five in a row earlier this month. But things have fallen apart since then. The Knicks are 15-27 and have lost at home to the rival Nets and Sixers over the past two games.

One reason Dolan gave Woodson the vote of confidence earlier this season was because the owner thought he had the confidence of the locker room. With star players such as Tyson Chandler now openly questioning Woodson, there is reason to wonder if Woodson still has the confidence of his players.

Late collapse: The Knicks took a five-point lead with nine minutes to play on Tim Hardaway Jr.’s and-1 layup. But they went without a field goal for the next five minutes, and Philadelphia took advantage.

Michael Carter-Williams and Evan Turner hit 3-pointers on consecutive Sixers possessions to give the road team a four-point lead it wouldn’t relinquish with 5:11 to go.

The Knicks shot just 8-for-22 in the fourth and walked off the floor to boos from the fraction of the home crowd that stayed until the buzzer.

Turner led Philly with 34 points. Thaddeus Young added 19, including a big 3 with 1:47 left to give the Sixers a five-point lead.

Slow start: The Knicks showed a lack of energy early on, falling behind by as many as 10 in the first quarter to a Philly team that had lost its past four road games by an average of 17 points.

At one point in the second quarter, New York grabbed 10 consecutive rebounds on the offensive glass. The Knicks defense once again was a step slow, allowing Philly to hit 52 percent in the first half. The Sixers knocked down six of nine shots from beyond the arc.

Carmelo Anthony had just one point but added three assists in the first quarter. He finished with 28 points on 10-for-23 shooting. Iman Shumpert had 19 points on 5-for-9 shooting, and Tyson Chandler had 10 points and 14 boards.

Big game for Bargnani: The Knicks rode big man Andrea Bargnani in the first three quarters. Bargnani had 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting in the first three quarters. He also had four turnovers. Woodson went away from Bargnani in the fourth, playing him just three minutes. Bargnani started the game as part of Woodson’s return to the “big” starting lineup.

New York got just 20 points from the bench. J.R. Smith had 14 on 5-for-16 shooting.

What’s next: The Knicks will take on the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday at Madison Square Garden.

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Rapid Reaction: Nets 103, Knicks 80

January, 20, 2014
Jan 20
NEW YORK -- Battle of New York? Not quite.

The Knicks barely showed a pulse in a 103-80 loss to Brooklyn on their home floor Monday.

New York shot just 34 percent from the field. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 26 points and 12 rebounds but got little help from his teammates.

The Knicks also failed to slow down a Nets offense led by Joe Johnson’s 25 points. Brooklyn shot 49 percent from the field and had 25 assists on 37 makes.

Due in part to poor point guard play from Raymond Felton, the Knicks struggled to move the ball. They had seven turnovers in the first quarter and finished with 16.

New York has lost four straight and is 11 games under .500. The Nets are going in the opposite direction, winning seven of their last eight.

In case there was any doubt going in, the Nets proved that they’re the best NBA team in New York. They were up 23 late in the fourth quarter, being serenaded with “Brooklyn!” chants at the Garden.

No support for Melo: The Knicks' four starters surrounding Anthony were a combined 4-for-21 through three quarters. And it didn’t get much better from there. They finished shooting 25 percent from the floor. Felton played arguably the worst game of his season Monday, shooting 2-for-11 and turning the ball over three times in 35 minutes.

Iman Shumpert's shooting struggles continued. He missed six of his eight attempts in 20 minutes. He finished with five points and went 1-for-6 from beyond the arc.

Anthony looked pretty miserable while watching the game from the bench. He sat on the floor -- not the bench -- with a towel over his head as the clock ran out.

Bad day for Felton: The Knicks hoped that a starting lineup of Pablo Prigioni and Felton would spark them on Monday. Instead, it doomed them. Felton struggled on both ends of the floor. The Knicks were outscored by 11 in his 35 minutes. He was benched for a majority of the second half.

Prigioni didn’t give the Knicks the boost they hoped for. Playing for the first time in 16 games, the point guard had two points, two assists and three turnovers in 19 minutes.

Johnson torched the Knicks from deep, hitting four of his eight 3-point attempts. Andray Blatche had 19 points and 12 rebounds off the bench, taking advantage of the absence of Amar’e Stoudemire (ankle) and Kenyon Martin (ankle).

What’s next: The Knicks will play the Sixers on Wednesday. They had hoped to use their current eight-game homestand to climb out of the whole they had dug. They are 0-2 on the homestand thus far.

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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