NEW YORK -- Forget about being the worst team in New York -- the New York Knicks looked like one of the worst teams in the NBA on Friday night.
New York looked disoriented at times on both ends of the floor and trailed by as many as 22 in the second half. The Knicks have lost three straight -- the past two in embarrassing fashion -- and it appears any warm feelings from that win in Cleveland are long gone.
Stat of the night: 46. That’s the number of shots Anthony has missed in the past three games combined. He shot 5-for-20 against Brooklyn and scored 19 points. The lone bright spot was that he got to the line nine times.
Anthony is 18-for-64 (28 percent) in his past three games. Prior to that, he’d made 50 percent of his field goals. The Knicks aren’t going to win many games with Anthony shooting so poorly.
Stat of the night 2.0: 85.7. The Nets hit 85.7 percent of their 3s in the first quarter (6-for-7) to build a 10-point lead and take control of the game. Brooklyn finished 14-for-24 from beyond the arc and hit 51 percent of its shots overall.
The Knicks also struggled to contain Brooklyn inside the arc.
With Jose Calderon (calf) and Pablo Prigioni (ankle) out, Derek Fisher started Iman Shumpert at point guard. Shumpert had a strong game on offense (11 points on 4-for-8 shooting) but struggled to defend Deron Williams.
Not all of Williams’ points were on Shumpert, but Williams had 29 on the night and Shumpert was his primary defender. Williams hit 10 of 15 shots and handed out six assists.
Dunk of the night: Knicks rookie Cleanthony Early had a strong finish in transition over Brook Lopez in the fourth quarter. Early finished with 12 points in 15 minutes and was one of the few Knicks who had a highlight play on Friday.
In his first game back from a one-game suspension, J.R. Smith had eight points, five assists and four rebounds in 24 minutes.
Question: What do you think is going on with Carmelo Anthony’s shot?
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