Playing for the second time in two nights, McGrady logged 15 minutes in the first half, going scoreless while missing all three shots. Coach Mike D'Antoni said before the game he hoped McGrady could go 25-30 minutes, but would leave it up to the player.
Instead, McGrady didn't play in the second half. He said the knee was nothing to worry about, just that he realized early on it wasn't going to be his night.
"I just don't want to have any setbacks," McGrady said afterward.
McGrady is still working his way back into shape after microfracture knee surgery last February. He played six games for Houston in December, then wasn't active again until last Saturday, two days after the Knicks acquired him at the trade deadline.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report