Big Apple Basketball: Knicks Struggling on 3 Game Losing Streak

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The New York Knicks have lost the three past games.They lost to Wizards, 98-83, the Pistons ,98-95, and the Nets, 110-99.

Final: Wizards 98, Knicks 83

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Wizards top performers: Paul Pierce 17 points, 5-10, on 50% shooting. Garrett Temple 17 points, 5-10, on 50% shooting. Kevin Serphin 15 points, 6-7, on 85% shooting.

Knicks top performers: Carmelo Anthony 18 points, 8-23, on 34% shooting. Iman Shumpert 19 points, 6-11, on 54% shooting.

The Wizards had a dominating third quarter with two impressive runs. They opened up the third quarter with a 13-3 run and finished with 14-4 run. The Knicks played sloppy and had 18 turnovers.

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Final: Piston 98, Knicks 95

Pistons top performers: Greg Monroe 23 points, 8-17, on 47% shooting with 18 rebounds. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 20 points, 8-14, on 57% shooting.

Knicks top performers: Carmelo Anthony 13 points, 5-21, on 23% shooting with 8 assists. Iman Shumpert 15 points, 5-13, on 38% shooting. Tim Hardaway Jr. 20 points, 8-15, on 53% shooting. Jason Smith 17 points, 7-11, on 63% shooting. Amare Stoudemire 15 points, 7-13, on 53% shooting with 8 rebounds.

The Knicks lost Pablo Prigioni to an ankle injury, leaving them with only one healthy point guard in Shane Lankin. Anthony continued to struggle with his shot to the tune of 0-9 to start the game.

Knicks Jason Smith was playing great in the first half. Smith had a great block on Pistons Josh Smith. Josh went high above the rim and Jason rejected him on the play.

The Knicks didn’t play a complete game. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 20 points and found his shot. He had 14 points in the fourth quarter.

According to the Associated Press,

Hardaway on Team Effort:

“We played with better effort in the second half, and I know my teammates feel the same way. We have to play like that the whole game,” Hardaway said.

Coach Fisher on Anthony’s Struggles:

“I’m not worried if he’s taking good shots, and I thought a lot of them were,” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said. “I think he was trying to do the right thing and not attack too early — that’s part of finding his balance. There will be nights that are better.”

The Knicks were missing J.R. Smith was suspended for the game after elbowing Washington’s Glen Rice Jr. in the groin the night before.

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Final: Nets 110, Knicks 99

Nets top performers: Deron Williams 29 points, 10-15, on 66% shooting with 6 assists. Brook Lopez 20 points, 6-10, on 60% shooting with 9 rebounds. Joe Johnson 18 points, 6-13, on 46% shooting with 7 rebounds. Mira Teletovic 18 points, 6-10, on 60% shooting.

Knicks top performers: Carmelo Anthony 19 points, 5-20, on 25% shooting. Iman Shumpert 11 points, 4-8, on 50% shooting. Tim Hardaway Jr. 16 points, 5-12, on 41% shooting. Amare Stoudemire 14 points, 6-12, on 50% shooting.

The Nets shot 85% in the first quarter from the 3 point line. The Nets finished 14-for-24 from beyond the arc and hit 51 percent of their shots, overall. The Knicks had trouble defending the deep shots.

The Knicks are short at point guard and had to start Iman Shumpert at the position. Deron Williams got the best of that matchup.

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