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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Knicks win everything but basketball game

By ESPN Stats & Info

The New York Knicks did everything in their statistical power to beat the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night.

They made more field goals.

They made more 3-pointers.

They had more rebounds.

They had more assists.
They had fewer turnovers.

And they had more blocked shots.

The Elias Sports Bureau told us that the last 266 times a team outperformed its opponent in all of those statistical categories, that team won the game.

Except the Knicks didn't win. They lost again, 120-118, their sixth straight defeat, this one starting a tough West Coast road trip.

The last team to lose a game despite meeting all of the criteria listed above were the Cleveland Cavaliers, who lost to the Toronto Raptors, 95-87 on November 22, 2006, a game Cleveland lost despite those edges, and 30 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, and four steals from LeBron James.

Statistical advantages can be deceiving. Amar'e Stoudemire was 10-for-19 for 24 points, but the full picture tells you that the Knicks were minus-11 when Stoudemire was on the floor, the third straight defeat in which the Knicks outscored their opponent during the time in which Stoudemire was on the bench.

Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points for the Nuggets. That actually dropped his scoring average against the Knicks to 29.8 points in 15 career games against them, still good enough for third-best ever, behind only Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan (minimum 10 games). Anthony entered having averaged 36.8 points-per-game against the Knicks in his last four meetings with them, but in this contest, he tallied just more than half the 50 he scored in the last meeting in Denver between the teams.