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Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls attempts to shoot around the Knicks’ Tyson Chandler, right, at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 11, 2013 in New York City. The Bulls defeated the Knicks 108-101. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Knicks A Mess Without Felton, Offense Offensive For Most Of Loss To Bulls

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.


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With Melo Suspended, Knicks Dreadful From The Floor In Loss To Surging Pacers

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.


The Knicks' Chris Copeland, left, battles for a loose ball with the Celtics' Kevin Garnett during the teams' meeting on Jan. 7, 2013, at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Knicks Killer Pierce Strikes Again, Melo Blows Gasket After Loss To Celtics

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.


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Melo Explodes In Fourth Quarter, Knicks Outlast Magic

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.


San Antonio’s Tiago Splitter, left, attempts to block a pass from the Knicks’ Amar'e Stoudemire at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 3, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Knicks Dismantle Duncan, Spurs, Sweep West Powers For First Time In Decade

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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Hartnett: Knicks Desperately Miss Shumpert’s Suffocating ‘D’

The Knicks sorely miss Shumpert’s tenacious on-ball defending.


J.R. Smith #8 of the New York Knicks celebrates a game-winning basket against the Phoenix Suns with teammates James White #4, Carmelo Anthony #7, Steve Novak #16 and Tyson Chandler. (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

Hartnett: Knicks’ J.R. Smith Is Thriving With Increased Amount Of Responsibility

Without Carmelo Anthony in the lineup, J.R. Smith embraced the role of crunch time go-to guy and delivered another clutch game-winning shot.


The Knicks' Jason Kidd, center, attempts to pass the ball under pressure from the Suns' Goran Dragic, left, and Luis Scola during their meeting at US Airways Center on Dec. 26, 2012 in Phoenix, Ariz. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Just Remarkable — Smith Beats Buzzer As Banged-Up Knicks Stun Suns

J.R. Smith sank a baseline 21-footer at the buzzer after a Phoenix turnover with a second to play, giving the depleted New York Knicks a 99-97 victory over the Suns on Wednesday night.


The Knicks' Jason Kidd, steals the ball from the Nets' Joe Johnson, right, during the teams' meeting at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 18, 2012. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Melo Returns, Takes Over As Knicks Own Second Half, Easily Handle Nets

Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks know they can’t entirely dismiss the rivalry talk, not with the Nets just a few miles away. On the court and in the standings, the distance keeps growing.


Anderson Varejao of the Cleveland Cavaliers tries to get around Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks on December 15, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Knicks Win A Close One, Escape With Tight Victory Over Cavs

Kyrie Irving put in a memorable performance as the Cavs gave the Knicks everything they could handle. New York escaped with a tight victory.


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Hartnett: Melo Continues To Build His MVP Resume With Every Game

Melo is wearing his heart on his sleeve every night and playing the most motivated basketball of his 10-year NBA career.


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Hartnett: Knicks Firing On All Cylinders Ahead Of Showdown In Miami

The Knicks averted what could have been a devastating loss ahead of their showdown with the Heat. Instead, it was a feel-good victory that can carry into Thursday night’s nationally televised game


The Knicks' Carmelo Anthony calls a play during the game against the Charlotte Bobcats on Dec. 5, 2012 in Charlotte, N.C.  (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

Knicks Lose Melo, But Gut One Out And Stun Bobcats At The Buzzer

J.R. Smith is normally the guy watching Carmelo Anthony hit the game-winning shot, not the one knocking it down. But with Anthony nursing a lacerated finger, the Knicks turned to Smith for the last shot and the eight-year NBA veteran delivered.


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Knicks Shoot Down Lowly Wizards, Improve To 6-0 At Home

Carmelo Anthony and JR Smith each scored 20 points, and the New York Knicks beat the Washington Wizards for the 10th straight time, 108-87 on Friday night.


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Schmeelk: A New York Basketball Turf War Is Born

The Nets struck the first blow. It was great to watch. It was hard fought, gritty, emotional, physical and sometimes ugly basketball. It was New York basketball.