The Knicks (6-16) came back from a 17-point deficit in the second quarter to take a brief 4th quarter lead, but they ultimately fell to the Celtics (11-14) 90-86.
Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points off 9-of-24 shooting.
Andrea Bargnani scored 22 points off 9-of-22 shooting.
Pablo Prigioni and Iman Shumpert were a combined 2-of-14 from the field for only 8 points.
Amar’e Stoudemire had another strong performance, scoring 18 points in 30 minutes off the bench.
JR Smith only took one field goal attempt. He scored 2 points.
For the Celtics, Jared Sullinger scored 19 points. Courtney Lee had 18 off the bench. And Jeff Green scored the clutch layup and the foul near the end of the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Amit Badlani13 points in the 4th quarter is not going to cut it. No, I’m not talking about Carmelo Anthony scoring. I’m talking about the Knicks collectively scoring 13 points in the 4th quarter. THIRTEEN! ON FRIDAY THE 13TH! ON A NIGHT THAT THERE WAS A 13-GAME NBA SCHEDULE!
So I’m giving y’all fair warning to keep away from the Knicks and their bad juju. Kenyon Martin already suffered the wrath of 13. He strained his abdominal muscle in the fourth quarter.
Do you want to put blame on one player for this loss? Then go ahead and put it on JR Smith. He came into the season with the expectation of being the Knicks’ secondary scorer. Tonight, he didn’t take a field goal attempt until the 4th quarter.
Do you want to put the blame on Mike Woodson instead? You can do that too. The Knicks outscored the Celtics 25-14 in the 3rd quarter by sharing the ball. Six different Knicks scored off 8 assists.
In the 4th quarter, the ball stopped moving. The Knicks only had 2 assists. Carmelo Anthony forced up eight shots, most of which came in isolation sets, and could only hit one.
Bright spot was Amar’e. After proving he could play in a back-to-back on Wednesday, he played for 30 minutes tonight with the injury to Kenyon Martin. Hopefully he can keep contributing like this without the injury bug biting again.