Knicks kick off pivotal road-trip with record-setting loss to Lakers

Sam Spiegelman

If Tuesday night was a sign of things to come, the New York Knicks  players should begin to clean out their lockers now.

Without the likes of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol or Steve Nash, the Los Angeles Lakers and Mike D’Antoni routed the Knicks 127-96 at the Staples Center, as new team president Phil Jackson watched from a birds-eye view.

Thanks a record-setting 51-point third quarter, Los Angeles stuck the dagger in the defenseless Knicks, handing the team a second straight loss and magnifying the importance of every game during the current West Coast swing.

“They executed their offense well,” Tyson Chandler said. “At this point, we have to get every game on the West Coach trip.”

The Knicks (29-42) opened the game strong, taking advantage from the perimeter with a 6-for-8 mark en route to an eight-point lead after the first quarter.

But Los Angeles roared back in the second. Led by Xavier Henry, the Lakers opened the second quarter on a 27-6 run to take back the lead. The team shot 11-of-13 from the field and a perfect 5-for-5 mark from beyond the during the run to take a 50-42 lead at the half.

After coughing the lead, the Knicks’ were seemingly crushed.

The Lakers dropped 51 points in the third quarter, a new franchise record for most points in a frame and the eighth-most points scored by any NBA team since the league’s merger. It also marked the worst defensive quarter by the Knicks, who allowed the team to go 19-for-26 from the field (73.1 percent).

“At the end of the day, it’s just individual pride,” J.R. Smith said. “You have to have pride in guarding your man, guarding the ball, and we just didn’t have that the last three quarters.”

“We held them to 14 points in the first quarter, and then that second and third quarter, all hell broke loose,” Coach Mike Woodson said. “We just didn’t have any answer for them from a defensive standpoint. I thought the plan was perfect starting the game, and when they went to their bench, they came out blazing and we just couldn’t control them.”

Henry finished with 22 points for a Lakers bench that totaled 82 points and outscored the Knicks starters by seven points. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 29 points but was limited to six in the first half.

The loss means the Knicks are destined for a losing record this season, just one year removed from earning the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Now the quest to overtake the Atlanta Hawks becomes all the more difficult, sitting three games back. And since the Knicks were blown out by a team with 24 wins, how will they fare against playoff-bound teams such as the Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors which sit on the schedule ahead over the next week.




30 comments
hashburry
hashburry

These player quotes are hilarious.  What exactly does JR Smith know about pride?  He is the poster child for faking it, and not even well, on defense.  He is the absolutely most selfish player on the floor, hands down.

And I'd love it if Chandler would shut up and go away.  The talk of him winning a championship is so overblown it is comical.  Nowitski won a championship, not Chandler. There is a never ending list of players with rings, and Chandler was lucky enough to be on the right team at the right time.  He is as lost as anyone on the defensive end of the floor, not named Amare, and is one of the worst offensive players this team has ever seen.

Shut up and pack your bags.

jax13
jax13

Phil jax will not be involved in day to day, mills will handle that n relationships with agents.

Phil will set the culture, system, leadership and vision for us moving forward.

Phil has to start moving guys right after season is done.

Begin with Tyson and work your way down......

I hope Tyson is ok personally but he needs to leave, 15 mil for this? Simply, there seems to always be something going on with Tyson albeit a sickness, injury, personal problems, lack of offense, he is getting schooled by backups like sacre, Kaman etc.....

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

I'm sad that we produced such a horrible effort but if Carmelo starts off having a bad shooting night combined with Felton getting abused & JR's troubling bball IQ & our coaches favoritism towards those players will result in loses! Can't wait to see how JR/Felton next season tell their agents they want buyouts because of lack of playing time! Phil is going to tell the new HC to keep those guys on the bench & they'll be watching Shump THJr  & Melo "Winning & Grinning" in the Triangle! Can't Wait!

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Last night the TNT guys where talking about Phil and his role as President, saying that he would oversee the the basketball operations and that Steve Mills was still the GM. They were wondering how active Phil would be in the day to day operations. They talked about how Mitch Kupchak, Laker GM, mentioned that Phil's job wasn't on his level, that it was above that position, more like Jim Buss.

omega_red
omega_red

"Jackson was in unfamiliar territory Tuesday morning as he sat in an office inside the visiting locker room, just down the hallway from his old digs. The Knicks had already taken the court for their morning walk-through, but Jackson and Anthony remained in the locker room. It may have been planned or perhaps it was just a coincidence but it was too obvious to ignore the significance."


ny daily

a_dilla
a_dilla

Haven't posted in a long time because I gave up on the season sometime in January. Then the Knicks showed signs of life, and looked like they would make the playoffs. Now its back to reality. A horrible season, with a heartless group of players and a bad coach. They're going to mail it in the rest of the way. The 2015 season can't get here soon enough.

lindro88
lindro88

Trey Burke got ripped by Utah fans on twitter for hitting a game winning 3 pointer.   They really need to do something about the draft order.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

After last night, there's no way I'm subjecting myself to watching terrible Atlanta/Charlotte games ANYMORE. The Knicks gave up 51 points in a quarter...51! How does that happen with an opposing team on the court? I mean, did the Knicks not take the floor after halftime...were the lakers the only ones on the court? I watched the game but that is amazing...for both teams.

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

@jax13 Yes I agree, Tyson only stays if we get another big like Mahimi and rotate them like the Mavs did during their Championship. I wonder if we package Felton Chandler JR Bargs to Bobcats for Al Jeffrson & Kemba . Jordan owes us!!!

hashburry
hashburry

@jax13  So Jackson will do nothing.  Nice gig if you can get it.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@SheSaidSpikeWho  Mike Woodson. The source of all this evil you speak of.

I do blame the team for having no pride or any sense of professionalism and heart of any fashion.

rico
rico

@kneggyknik  remember this is a NEW gig for the "zen-master". No GM makes "all good moves" it's the body of work, and the vision for the team they want and some luck.


After the loss last night (this morning) Jackson said "We are on a talent hunt".  He knows he didn't get his rings by simply being ZEN.  


All year this team has played as if they expected a free pass to the post season and have done little to forward their own destiny.  There is talent on the Knicks but bad-heads, not enough dedication to the game.

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

@omega_red Pleas share this with Xmen Sandro etc...! Can't wait till Phil & our new HC coach Shumpert to All Star Status & put Hardaway in a 'System" that hides his defensive liabilities!!!

a_dilla
a_dilla

@thatsagoodpoint  Hawks will make the playoffs. The bobcats/hornets on the other hand just remembered that they should be tanking. If the Knicks get in, it'll be because of them. They might only win 2 of their remaining games.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@thatsagoodpoint  Nah. Even though Charlotte and Atlanta aren't playing well, they've shown consistency and a lot more pride than the Knicks.

They've both gone through injury and played their way trough it.


I look at the Knicks, and I don't see a team with heart or pride, which, on top of it all, is horrifically coached.

jax13
jax13

Executives in the league will get over it. Mills will be able to help Phil jax with the relationships he has in nba.

DourSiesel
DourSiesel

@Sandro Guedes @lindro88 it doesnt matter what teams get in the playoffs the only thing that matters is who wins it all which will always be east vs west.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@VerySilentJay @SheSaidSpikeWho  It's sad. That team that took the court last night looked like they had absolutely no interest in making the playoffs. If we took care of business against the Cavs and Lakers, we'd be a game back. 

hashburry
hashburry

@jax13  Mills is a lapdog who can not possibly be respected around the league.  He has no idea how to build a team and is a yes man for Dolan.  So expect same old same old.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@SheSaidSpikeWho @VerySilentJay  And I'd still wouldn't get my hopes up...

I just can't respect or appreciate a team that doesn't show up or play with any pride.

And to top it all off, we have the worst coach in the league.

I consider myself quite hopeful, but grounded.

And what I've seen from this team throughout the season has been a massive disappointment, and a testament to this team's lack of commitment and how awfully managed this team has been. 

po_diddley
po_diddley

Bi-product of trolling these guys all year.

lindro88
lindro88

@thatsagoodpoint @VerySilentJay @lindro88  Two teams better off in the lottery, still will have to likely lose out to hopefully miss the playoffs.   That is how absolutely pathetic the Knicks have been.  The only reason I even half want to make the playoffs is to prevent Denver from picking in the lottery. Certainly not to watch us either get swept or win one meaningless game 4.