The Kevin Durant-Carmelo Anthony duel was postponed, though J.R. Smith filled in nicely – for three quarters.
Raymond Felton scored 26 points, and the New York Knicks pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Detroit Pistons 87-77 on Wednesday night despite Carmelo Anthony’s absence.
Even if the New York Knicks were looking ahead to their game against the Miami Heat, Carmelo Anthony made sure his team still picked up a victory over the Washington Wizards along the way.
Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points, J.R. Smith hit the tiebreaking shot with 1:10 left, and the New York Knicks overcame Stephen Curry’s NBA season-high 54 points to beat the Golden State Warriors 109-105 on Wednesday night.
Knicks coach Mike Woodson didn’t mince words when asked what went wrong for his team in the final minute of Friday night’s narrow loss to Toronto. “I thought our shot selection was awful,” Woodson said.
The Indiana Pacers looked ready for the playoffs. The New York Knicks looked like they wanted a longer All-Star break.
No big shots from Rudy Gay on this night. He hardly made any shots at all. Neither did Carmelo Anthony, bothered by what he called a dead arm after being hit in the biceps early in the game. Toronto won the battle of supporting casts, and the game.
Down 11 in the fourth against a team he felt the New York Knicks should beat, Carmelo Anthony didn’t see another disappointing loss coming. He saw an opportunity.
Knicks coach Mike Woodson wants to know why his team waits until the second half to lock down on defense. If his players would simply start off that strong, winning could be so much easier.
Carmelo Anthony’s ill feelings toward Kevin Garnett didn’t last long. His streak of 20-point games goes on.
Luol Deng scored a season-high 33 points in the Chicago Bulls’ third victory over New York this season, a 108-101 win Friday that sent the Knicks to their season-high third straight loss.
Paul George scored seven of his 25 points during a decisive 13-0 fourth-quarter run, leading the Indiana Pacers past the New York 81-76 on a night the Knicks were without their top scorer, Carmelo Anthony.
Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett jawed from baseline to midcourt, and Anthony still had more to say. So the Knicks forward went toward the Celtics locker room after the game to keep shouting.
Carmelo Anthony scored 40 points as the Knicks defeated the Magic in Orlando 114-106. The Knicks have won two straight overall and four in a row over the Magic, dating back to last season.
Sometime between Stephen Jackson’s sideline stumble and J.R. Smith’s soaring slam, the San Antonio Spurs realized this wasn’t their night. Too much fatigue and way too much Knicks defense.
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