Knicks Go Down Again to Pelicans, Lose Seventh in Row at Home

Published on: 2nd December, 2013

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New York — After tonight’s miserable loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, during which their star player Anthony Davis fractured his hand in the second quarter, Carmelo Anthony told the assorted media around his locker that he was not falling into the “dark side” of life. He said he was uncomfortable with losing, of course, but the dark side? Not a chance he’d fall into that abyss.

Guess what? He’s about to join his teammates in the dark side, whether he wants to or not as the Pelicans beat the hometown team, 103-99.

With Davis, the Pelicans dominant big man playing only ten minutes, the Knicks were still unable to defend well in the paint or score the basketball when they had the ball deep in the lane. Knicks coach Mike Woodson thinks it’s a defensive issue.

“It came down to our defense,” said Woodson. “We had so many breakdowns again. We are not taking pride in guarding. We have to get better.”

Ryan Anderson, 6’11” forward who does what Andreas Bargnani does, only much better, made seven 3-pointers and scored 31 points while Tyreke Evans added 24 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, as the Pelicans sent the Knicks to their ninth straight loss overall and seventh in a row at home.

Davis had seven points and four rebounds in the first quarter before leaving with what the Pelicans said was a non-displaced fracture in his left hand. The team said a timetable for his return has not been determined.

Carmelo Anthony finished with 23 points and rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. had 21 for the Knicks, who haven’t won at home since beating Milwaukee on Oct. 30 in their season opener.

In a game that featured 12 ties and 17 lead changes, the Pelicans trailed 93-88 after Hardaway’s 3-pointer with 6:42 remaining. However, New Orleans then scored the next 10 points, as Evans started the streak with a three-point play and ended it with two free throws with 2:46 left.

The Knicks pulled within three on Anthony’s 3-pointer with 54 seconds left. But, after a Pelican turnover, Hardaway and Anthony missed potential game-tying 3s and Evans hit a free throw with 15 seconds remaining to secure the win.
Neither team led by more than seven points in the game.

A 19-8 run by the Knicks run gave them their biggest lead of the game, 49-42, on Hardaway’s 3-pointer with 19 seconds left in the second quarter. Anderson scored inside with a second left before halftime to make it a five-point game.
New Orleans had an 8-0 run in the third to open its biggest lead at 76-69, on Evans’ layup with 52 seconds left.

Davis fractured his hand tonight

Davis fractured his hand tonight

Jrue Holiday finished with 11 points and nine rebounds for the Pelicans. Andrea Bargnani had 17 points for the Knicks.
The win for the Pelicans was just their second in the last 10 meetings between the teams.

NOTES: The last time the Knicks lost nine in a row was March 19-April 4, 2006, under Larry Brown. The Knicks also lost 10 in a row that season from Jan. 28-Feb. 13. . The Knicks haven’t won since a 95-91 victory at Atlanta on Nov. 13.

Ryan Anderson lit up the Knicks for 31 points tonight

Ryan Anderson lit up the Knicks for 31 points tonight

“We can’t seem to figure it out defensively,” Anthony said. “Tonight, there was a lot of switching and miscommunication on the basketball court. We have to get better at that.”

Melo could not have spoken a truer observation, as his 3-13 team gets ready for the Brooklyn Nets later this week in a battle for last place.

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