Final: Knicks 98, Pelicans 91

The New York Knicks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 98-91 road win against the New Orleans Pelicans.

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On the eve of the NBA trade deadline, the Knicks’ most rumored trading chip, Iman Shumoert, sprained his left knee and did not return to the game.

With the win the Knicks are 20-20 all time playing on New Orleans’ home court, and have won five of the past six meetings in the Pelicans’ building.

New Orleans played host the NBA All-Star Game, where Carmelo Anthony rewrote the record book with eight 3-pointers made. Tonight, Anthony scored 42 points.

The win means the Knicks and Pelican split the season series at 1-1, with both teams winning on each other’s home courts.

Sam Spiegelman

Carmelo Anthony is a native New Yorker, but boy does he make New Orleans feel like home.

Yet again Anthony was spot-on offensively, putting the game in his hands and dropping 42 points — the third time he’s eclipsed the 40-plus mark this year — as the New York Knicks (21-33) snapped a three-game losing streak and handed New Orleans a 98-91 home loss.

The bigger takeaway from the win, which puts the Knicks 3.5 games back of the Charlotte Bobcats currently occupying the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, is that Iman Shumpert’s injured his left knee and was unable to return. Shumpert is the Knicks’ most valuable trading chip as the NBA deadline looms Thursday and was rumored to be a part of a proposed deal with the Los Angeles Clippers to acquire Darren Collison. That deal is unlikely to go through now, according to numerous reports.

On the court, Anthony was one of the three Knicks to score in double figures. His 42 points were a game high, as he shot 55 percent from the field and 33 percent (2-of-6) from beyond the arc. With Amare’ Stoudemire sidelined, J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. provided ‘Melo with some offensive help off the bench. The rookie scored 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting while Smith drained three 3s and finished with 19 total points.

Leading the way for the Pelicans (23-30) was Eric Gordon who had 28 points, almost double his season average (15.8). Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers, also mentioned as a potential mover between now and the trade deadline, each had 14 points.


The Knicks continue their road trip in Orlando Saturday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.




224 comments
Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Beno is better than Felton and he never plays

tifoso6
tifoso6

Watched the game last night.   Can anyone tell me that Felton is better than Murray or Beno.  And, why is Metta in Woodson's dog house.  He certainly is better than Shumpert.    

angelbx
angelbx

Rondo has always been the ONLY player in the league i chear for other than my knicks. That's a saying a lot, i mean hes always wore green. But its just the way he plays, you can just tell it means everything to him, sort of like a jeter. If rondo really wants to be a knick and play with melo, i honestly believe Jimmy guitar will find a way.

chudogz1
chudogz1

@jesse brand. Any more inside scoops we need to know about? LMAO

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

@IanBegley: Sources: #Knicks, Clippers table talks for day with Knicks hopeful to re-engage Clippers on Thursday.

1harris1
1harris1

Woodson said after the game tonight that with Shumpert's injury, he'll probably move Metta and Beno into the rotation.  Beno?  Does he even bother to show for the games anymore?  I thought it was a foregone conclusion that he was being traded somewhere. 


And of course he didn't mention using Toure Murry.  Big surprise.

rgm891
rgm891

We will see what tommorow brings guys!!!!!!

1harris1
1harris1

If Shumpert was indeed on the verge of being traded for Collison, maybe his injury is a blessing in disguise.  He should be saved as an asset for a trade involving a better player.  The Knicks aren't going anywhere this season, with or without Darren Collison.


Maybe Mills can use this as an excuse with Melo for not doing anything of consequence at the trade deadline.  He can say they had several different trade scenarios pending, but they all fell apart because of Shump's injury,  Shump is still one of the team's best trade assets, so maybe Melo buys into it somewhat.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

Pacers apparently talked to Cavs about acquiring Deng (Granger is a salary match), damn.  They are not resting on their laurels at #1 in the east...

1harris1
1harris1

Flip Saunders is mocking Vescey's Kevin Love story on his Twitter account.  He writes: "Rumors of Love telling me he's opting out & wants 2 be traded are false.  Last convo I had w/him was him telling me how bad my sports coat was".


Doesn't sound like a guy who's urgently looking to move Love by the deadline.  Vecsey has always been great for making things up, and then trying to convince people that his nonsense is true.  He may leave the T Wolves, but it doesn't sound like he's forcing anything for now.



Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Even when we win we lose.

It ain't easy being a Knicks fan.

rgm891
rgm891

At least Amar'e didnt play tonight.  That's the best news all night.

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

Just like melo said--"the off season is gonna be a very stressful time". if they don't fix this thing of a team--he's out. 

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

@WojYahooNBA: Knicks Iman Shumpert has a sprained MCL in his left knee, league source tells Yahoo. As reported, he's on way back to New York for MRI.

jeandd323
jeandd323

@tifoso6  Watch the team go on a Win streak now that Shump is out. Hopefully our asinine coach gives the minutes to Meta who is a good defender and can hit some shots. Our coach has the Forrest Gump syndrome. He has to stumble unto a good thing before he can consider it. Eeven then ... He still does not get it and always  revert to his less than smart ways. Geez, brainless !

brookdon
brookdon

Ew, you cheered for a celtic?

chudogz1
chudogz1

Knicks are dreaming.... Clippers are laughing

chudogz1
chudogz1

@xpecttheworst. 3rd from last is what he means...;)

chudogz1
chudogz1

Biggie is lookin for 2pac...LOL

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@Jesus Blas  

Kobe on Rondo: "From what I understand he’s an a$$hole, like me."


Rondo, on being called an a$$hole by Kobe: "That's a great compliment, coming from Kobe. I feel the same way about him."


Cut from the same cloth...

1harris1
1harris1

@Jesus Blas What does Vecsey claim that Houston is giving up?  I read elsewhere that the teams are nowhere close on a deal.

chudogz1
chudogz1

@rhm891. NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING

knickstape
knickstape

@1harris1  what i feel like a lot of Knicks fans don't understand is Shumpert isn't as valuable as we all think he is, and the longer he continues to play terribly the more his trade value goes down

brookdon
brookdon

That would be stupid being that they couldn't/wouldn't resign him. Would mean they are going all out for this year though.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@brookdon That's like the "Knick fans" who cheered for Michael Jordan in his prime while he was killing us..ridiculous.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@StraightShot @Jesus Blas  Lol both of them have said they don't really have friends in the league outside of their teammates 

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@SheSaidSpikeWho @Jesus Blas  

Yes. 

"Rondo is a meanie.  Me no like him." - Dwight

rico
rico

Shumps value has gone way down, and now he may be scrapheap. If he has a tear in his knee(probable) it could be another year until he plays again. His future is not bright. There will be no trade with him now. Bahhhh

1harris1
1harris1

@knickstape @1harris1 That very well may be true.  But I think there are enough GMs out there who view his bad play this season as somewhat of an aberration.  He definitely doesn't have the trade appeal he had before this season started, but he's still one of our better assets.  Not worth trading for a second tier point guard imo.

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

It's not stupid. The pacers have never won a championship. This is their best shot in the history of their franchise.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@brookdon  How is that any different from Granger situation, except Deng is significantly better?  

Even if they re-sign Deng at same number as Granger right now, if they dump Copeland to Cleveland, I think they will be below luxury tax # next season even with Deng's contract...

Jesse Brand
Jesse Brand

Knicks refuse to cut into 2015 cap space

rgm891
rgm891

@kneggyknik  That and he didnt risk getting injuried the day before the deadline.  

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@Jesus Blas  I wish we had dudes like Rondo and Noah reppin the Knicks...be like the good ol days