Knicks lose to Clippers in LA, 101–94

The Knicks hung on for most of the game, but couldn’t finish the job in the clutch.

No more parties in LA.

New York was able to keep it close throughout most of the game, but when it came down to it, the Knicks just couldn’t score, and they let the Clippers get too many easy shots (what a familiar sounding phrase) on the perimeter.

This loss put the Knicks even farther out out of a playoff spot, as they now sit at seven games behind the eighth seed, and 20.5 games out of the first seed.

Robin Lopez kept New York in the game almost singlehandedly, grabbing misses and scoring second chance points. RoLo finished with a team high 19 rebounds (ten of which were offensive) and 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting.

Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points, grabbed six rebounds, and dished out four assists against LA. In the clutch, ‘Melo fed the ball to KP, showing a new willingness to give Porzingis the rock with the game on the line. ‘Melo has continued an excellent past two weeks, in the last seven games he’s averaged 24.1 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 4.1 APG, and 49% shooting.

Kristaps Porzingis made moves to get open looks within five feet of the basket three times in the last two minutes of the game, but was unable to make any of the shots. Other than a lack of clutch shooting, KP had an overall solid game with 23 points, four rebounds, and a block.

Derrick Williams brought scoring and energy off the bench for the Knicks dropping 15 points on 4-of-9 shooting, six rebounds, and an assist. D-Will got to the line throughout the game, and shot 5-of-7. Williams has been solid off the bench for the Knicks all season, getting to the line and scoring off the bench consistently.

With Arron Afflalo injured Sasha Vujacic started in his place again. Sasha took five threes, and only hit one. He scored nine points and grabbed two rebounds in 27 minutes. Vujacic’s pestering defense has been helpful, but I can’t say anyone will be disappointed when Afflalo returns.

Jerian Grant only saw 11 minutes of play, the result of Coach Rambis playing the starters a near 40 minutes. Grant didn’t do much, he only scored four points on four shots, but as he’s averaging only 15 minutes per game, it’s understandable that he’s struggling. Hopefully Rambis’ replacement will give him the playing time he needs to develop.

Jose Calderon played 38 minutes, and took seven shots, but only finished with two points on one made field goal. Jose was able to distribute the ball well, picking up seven assists, but being outscored by the bench point guard that plays 11 minutes when you play 38 minutes and shoot seven shots shouldn’t be acceptable.

Miscellaneous Notes

  • The team as a whole shot 41% from the field, and 20% from three
  • Carmelo played the entire first quarter, and part of the second quarter as well. He totaled 44 minutes. We’ve seen Rambis give Melo much more playing time than Fisher did, whether or not that’s a good thing is still yet to be determined.
  • For only the second time this season, three Knicks scored 20 or more points (Melo, Lopez, Porzingis).

The Knicks next play the Lakers on Sunday, and the Warriors on Wednesday (R.I.P.) in the final two games of the west-coast trip. Until then, connect with us on our Facebook and Twitter for more Knicks coverage.

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