PORTLAND, Ore. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Knicks’ nightmarish start just keeps getting worse.
New York lost its sixth straight game Monday, this one to the Portland Trail Blazers, who put it away early at home with a 16-point lead heading into the second quarter.
“We came out not ready to play,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said after the 102-91 loss. “We were awful. The game was won in the first quarter.”
The Trail Blazers are riding their longest winning streak since they won 13 straight in December 2007. The Knicks are headed in the opposite direction.
“If we keep digging and digging and digging, this hole (is) going to get deeper and deeper,” Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said.
J.R. Smith said he was “tired of losing.” Anthony, who finished with 34 points and 15 rebounds, also wasn’t shy about his state of mind.
“Are we having fun on the basketball court? No,” Anthony said. “The game is not fun right now. When you start pressing, pressing, pressing it makes everything that much worse. So no, we’re not having fun playing basketball.”
New York trailed by as many as 22 points but pulled to 98-91 after Anthony’s jumper and a free throw with 1:47 to go. But Damian Lillard had consecutive jumpers for Portland and that was as close as New York would come. Lillard finished with 23 points.
Amar’e Stoudemire said his frustration was at “an all-time high at this point.”
The Knicks (3-10) were without starting guard Raymond Felton, a former Blazer, for a fourth game because of a sore lower back and left hip. And center Tyson Chandler remains out of New York’s lineup with a broken leg.
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