Quick Reaction: Knicks 113, Pistons 86

Tonight we decided to open up the phone lines, as it were, and post some of our favorite player-related tweets. It was fun. We hope you enjoy them. If you don’t, well, I reckon you can go to Hell’s Kitchen.

Detroit Pistons 86 Final
Recap | Box Score
113 New York Knicks
Carmelo Anthony, SF 33 MIN | 9-14 FG | 5-5 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 25 PTS | +27

When I first turned on League Pass – having grown up outside Detroit, I actually welcomed the Detroit feed, featuring George Blaha (sexy name, sexier voice) and Greg Kelser – the initial starting lineup graphic had Billy Walker starting in an injured Melo’s stead. By game time, however, it was clear that Melo would, in fact, be at center court for the tip. One ridiculously effective, efficient, and effervescent game log later (I’ll chalk the lack of ‘bounds up to lack of hops, for the moment) one hopes maybe the three games he took off really were as good for the soul as they were for the shot selection.

@DarnleyRoad: Carmelo Anthony HAS to be related to me.

Amare Stoudemire, PF 30 MIN | 5-11 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 15 PTS | +12

Stat was once again effective, albeit in unspectacular spurts. Which is maybe what we should come to expect from Amar’e, whose nonchalance vis-a-vis his own numbers, relayed in numerous interviews of late, at least appears genuine. He gave us a bit of a scare before the start of the second half, when it was reported he’d tweaked his ankle jogging out of the tunnel (that’s just some classic Jim Cavan shit right there). Stat managed to play through it, though he looked significantly less effective. Still, there were some nice highlights; chief among them a beautiful, totally in-rhythm dribble-drive, 12-foot pull-up bank from the right wing — a display I’m told Amar’e will follow up by reading selected passages from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass tomorrow night at The Art House.

@charliezegers: Source: Stoudemire was injured while attempting to touch his toes.

Tyson Chandler, C 32 MIN | 5-6 FG | 7-10 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 17 PTS | +27

Sources have told me that, before the game, Tyson Chandler informed his teammates – brought into a huddle using his 14-foot pterodactyl wings – that if they didn’t feed him the ball to his liking, he would make a giant flesh necklace out of them. Seventeen points later – on roughly five more shots than he’s been accustomed to taking – the only bodies left bloodied were the ones unlucky enough to be donning the visiting blues.

@charlestosborn: Man, Tyson Chanlder is the coolest.

Landry Fields, G 31 MIN | 7-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 18 PTS | +25

For someone who’s appeared most ill-at-ease ever since last year’s Melo coup, Fields sure looked re-energized having #7 back on the court. Barring his zero-point crap-athon in Houston, Fields has tallied double figures in each of his last seven outings – something he achieved in the first eleven seconds of this game, by my count (I don’t know how to count). For all the hand-wringing over the seemingly submarined prospects of everyone’s favorite Cardinal, Fields – true to his alma matter’s ivy stock – really does seem to be figuring it out.

@ross_bernhardt: Landry Fields is on pace for 44 points and 16 steals after the first quarter. #Analysis

Iman Shumpert, G 35 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 6 PTS | +11

As with a toddler taking his first steps, we have to learn to be happy whenever Shumpert doesn’t fall down a flight of stairs or walk into a table corner every time he plays. That’s essentially what we got out of 21 Shump Street tonight. Amusingly, he appeared to take extra pleasure in crawling into lottery pick Brandon Knight’s jersey at every opportunity, despite said zealousness resulting in as many fouls as it did possession-kills. All that aside, a team-high 35 minutes, intelligent shot selection, and six dimes are nothing to scoff at.

@FuxWitLim: Iman Shumpert had 6 lousy fricking points???? Dude…I put money on him avg 10!!!! Smh

Jared Jeffries, PF 21 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +7

As much as I’d love to greenlight Jared Jeffries: Floor General for a couple hundred seasons, the budget — to say nothing of the stroke-inducing stress — is just way too rich for KnickerBlogger Studios’ blood. Jared Jeffries: Defensive Nuisance? I’d be willing to put in a lead actor courtesy call to Scott Bakula.

@netw3rk: The sound the Garden crowd makes when Jared Jeffries looks at the basket while holding the ball is amazing.

Steve Novak, SF 4 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | +3

After his woeful off-the-bench performance in Houston, I was afraid Novak might show up to tonight’s game looking and acting like C. Montgomery Burns right after he built the Spruce Moose. YouTube it.

@ItsHiptoClip: Who would you rather have lunch with… Eric Piatkowski or Steve Novak?

Renaldo Balkman, PF 6 MIN | 3-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | +3

Renaldo Balkman averaged 72 points, 12 rebounds and 12 steals per 48 minutes in this game. That’s either Strawberry Ice or AK-47. Book it.

*TWITTER DOWN*

Toney Douglas, PG 20 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | +12

Like Shumpert, Douglas managed more than he performed in this one. And that’s totally acceptable – welcome, even. Like Fields – though not nearly to the same degree – Douglas finally appears to be showing signs of life. Which is really just another way of saying Bibby will probably be gnawing on his shoulder at practice tomorrow.

@Kingjaffejo_NYK: Jeremy Lin > Toney Douglas

Jeremy Lin, PG 6 MIN | 1-1 FG | 2-3 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 4 PTS | +3

I received an inordinate number of tweets tonight regarding whether or not — check that: when — Jeremy Lin will get more burn. To which the answer is as simple as its caveat: Of course he does; and, knowing Mike D’Antoni, of course he won’t. One thing I will say: He and Balkman appear to have a weird kind of chemistry out on the floor. Remember kids: Who you sit next to in the rotation is important.

@BobSaietta: Breen said, “Jeremy Lin fills up the stat sheet.” Yeah, but an hour later, you’re hungry to fill it up again. #vaguelyracist #recap

Robert Silverman everyone!

Jerome Jordan, C 6 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +5

A sick, twisted part of me wants Jerome Jordan to develop into an All-World Center who puts the entire Knicks organization on his back and carries us to seven championships in a row and we all buy Jordan jerseys and the whole thing just blows our minds because some of us have recurring nightmares where Michael Jordan suffocates us with a basketball.

@AntonioGil_SOSE: Jerome Jordan en pista… 5 minutos de morralla en el Garden.

Bill Walker, SG 15 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | 0

Bill Walker might be one of the few players in the universe capable of making an ostensibly efficient, disaster-free burn off the bench look – in real time – like Jackass bonus footage. Dude had five fouls in 15 minutes. That’s 16 fouls per 48. I just… THIS IS ME THROWING UP MY HANDS!!!!!!!

@ChlaMelo: Bill Walker just hit 2 of his 4 turnover moves back to back.

Five Things We Saw

  1. By now everyone’s been made privy to the fact that the Knicks – for all their offensive turd-wranglin’ – are a pretty decent defensive team. Aided by 20 Piston turnovers – 12 on steels, including five at the Venus Fly Trap hands of Landry Fields – the Knicks managed to turn their re-energized D into quick transition buckets. Perhaps the Orange and Blue can learn to tap at will into their inner Memphis Grizzlies, and make the savvy swipes and passing lane thievery we’ve seen of late a more pronounced hallmark going forward.
  2. Sometimes, when I’m by myself and bored, I like to print out color pictures of Greg Monroe and scrawl in crayon a Knicks jersey over the Pistons one. Such is the level of my juvenile, borderline-creepy jealousy vis-a-vis my hometown team’s rough-mined diamond. Many thought this would be the year the Detroit big and Georgetown gent would make the leap into the upper echelon of NBA centers. Thus far, that belief has largely been brought to bear — tonight’s relatively pedestrian stat line be damned. And I’m in no way saying that because I drafted him in the fourth round of my fantasy league and have taken to trying to write left handed just so I can be a little more like him…. In no way.
  3. I’ve never met them, but I imagine the psychological makeup of the Knicks Three Point Gods to lie somewhere on the spectrum between bi-polar and Gary Busey. The Knicks had it going from distance tonight, connecting on 9-18 and utilizing solid spacing and crisp passes to leave the relatively distance-inept Pistons in the dust.
  4. Before the clock struck garbage time, Mike D’Antoni had played eight players. Eight. Two days of rest aside, it seemed to this reporter that Lin, Jordan, Balkman, and Novak could’ve been summoned court-ward far earlier than they were. The Pistons are a bad, bad basketball team — there was no way they were coming back from a 24-point deficit, even given an entire quarter of Knick bricks and turnovers. Particularly in a condensed season, D’Antoni has to be smarter about how he manages his starter’s minutes. Take the guys out with the game in hand. If Detroit somehow cuts it to 12 or 10? Maybe then you throw your starters back in. Maybe. YOU’RE WELCOME, MIKE!
  5. By now, the effort / results deficit reflected in the ‘Bockers’ performance against teams that suck versus teams that don’t suck is glaringly obvious. It’s great to be able to put away bad teams early. But sooner or later the Knicks are going to have to prove they can defend, work the ball, and hit open shots as effectively against brass as they do birdshit.

NYT: Knicks Need to Look for Efficient Scoring

The latest entry for the New York Times Off the Dribble Blog, my take on the Carmelo Anthony trade and how it applies to the “shot creation” vs. “efficiency” debate.

Last February, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith wrote “the Knicks must go get Carmelo Anthony as soon as possible,” and “Danilo Gallinari is good, with promise, but hardly worth holding on to if it means not getting Anthony’s services.”

Smith’s remarks represent those who put a high demand on shot creation. By this standard, Anthony’s value was perceived to be much greater than that of Gallinari due to the former’s ability to take more shots. Comparing the players’ stats at the same stage in their careers, Anthony is able to take nearly 38 percent more shots than Gallinari. On the other hand, Gallinari’s true shooting percentage, a measure of a player’s overall scoring efficiency, is 45 points higher (59.0 percent to 54.5 percent) than Anthony’s. Hence those who put a low premium on scoring volume and higher value on efficiency saw Anthony as overrated.

Nearly a year later, the result of this trade seems to be that higher efficiency is more valuable than higher volume when it comes to scoring. The Denver Nuggets have a robust 14-6 record, while the New York Knicks have a mediocre record of 7-13. Not that the fortunes of these teams are based on the efforts of a single player, but they embody the opposite sides of the volume/efficiency argument.

Knicks Morning News (Tuesday, Jan 31 2012)

  • [New York Daily News] Melo: Knicks support D’Antoni (Tue, 31 Jan 2012 07:13:35 GMT)

    Just ask Mike D’Antoni admitted that he is feeling some heat as his team spins out of control, the embattled Knicks’ coach got some support from Carmelo Anthony.

  • [New York Times] Knicks Hoping Anthony Can Spark a Turnabout (Tue, 31 Jan 2012 06:48:06 GMT)

    As they approach the one-third mark of the season, the Knicks, who have lost nine of their last 10 games, are uncomfortably situated in 10th place in the Eastern Conference.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: 76ers 3rd Win in Row Is Magic’s 4th Straight Loss (Tue, 31 Jan 2012 06:48:06 GMT)

    Andre Iguodala had 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead Philadelphia over slumping Orlando.

  • [New York Times] Griffin Dunk Highlights Clippers Win Over Thunder (Tue, 31 Jan 2012 08:02:18 GMT)

    Blake Griffin delivered the dunk of the season on a rim-rattling slam over Kendrick Perkins to highlight the Los Angeles Clippers’ 112-100 home victory over the NBA-leading Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday.

  • [New York Times] Paul Leads Clippers Past NBA-Leading Thunder (Tue, 31 Jan 2012 07:43:10 GMT)

    Blake Griffin’s jaw-dropping one-handed jam over Kendrick Perkins sent Los Angeles Clippers fans into a frenzy, fired up his teammates, lit up the Twitterverse and burned the Oklahoma City Thunder.

  • [New York Times] Millsap Scores 19 as Jazz Rally Past Blazers 93-89 (Tue, 31 Jan 2012 06:10:23 GMT)

    Gordon Hayward certainly could have been the goat Monday night after moving over to shooting guard for the Utah Jazz and tossing up nothing but bricks early.

  • [New York Times] Carter, West Lead Dallas Rout of Nash-Less Suns (Tue, 31 Jan 2012 04:54:58 GMT)

    Vince Carter scored 21 points against a Phoenix team that’s still paying him, helping the Dallas Mavericks to a 122-99 rout of the Steve Nash-less Suns on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Adelman Wins Return to Houston (Tue, 31 Jan 2012 03:54:58 GMT)

    Rick Adelman has mostly good memories from his years in Houston, and he added one more on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Jennings Leads Bucks to 103-82 Win Over Pistons (Tue, 31 Jan 2012 05:05:01 GMT)

    Brandon Jennings had 21 points, reserve Mike Dunleavy added a season-high 20 on 8-of-10 shooting and the Milwaukee Bucks rolled to a 103-82 victory over the skidding Detroit Pistons on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Hand Grizzlies 4th Straight Loss, 83-73 (Tue, 31 Jan 2012 04:58:08 GMT)

    Matt Bonner scored 15 points, going 5 of 9 from outside the arc, and Tim Duncan added 14 points as the San Antonio Spurs sent Memphis to its fourth straight loss with an 83-73 victory over the Grizzlies on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Heat Shake Off Slow Start, Beat Hornets 109-95 (Tue, 31 Jan 2012 03:13:16 GMT)

    LeBron James and Dwyane Wade each scored 22 points, Mike Miller added 14 off the bench and the Miami Heat shook off a slow start to run away from the New Orleans Hornets 109-95 on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Iguodala Shines in 76ers’ 74-69 Win Over Magic (Tue, 31 Jan 2012 02:54:59 GMT)

    Andre Iguodala had 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the surprising Philadelphia 76ers to their third straight win, 74-69 over the Orlando Magic on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Rose Scores 35 to Lead Bulls Over Wizards 98-88 (Tue, 31 Jan 2012 02:43:04 GMT)

    Derrick Rose scored a season-high 35 points, Carlos Boozer had 18 and Kyle Korver added 17 to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 98-88 win over the Washington Wizards on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: In the Spurs, a Model of How to Play (Tue, 31 Jan 2012 05:08:49 GMT)

    Coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs walks his own path but still provides an example for other teams to follow.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Home Court Advantage or Burden for the Underachieving Knicks? (Tue, 31 Jan 2012 04:44:23 GMT)

    The Knicks’ usual home-court advantage has become a cauldron of pressure this season.

  • [New York Post] Melo’s stand on D’Antoni: I like Mike (Tue, 31 Jan 2012 03:16:27 -0500)

    With the Knicks an underachieving and underwhelming 7-13 coming into tonight’s game against the Pistons, it’s no shock Mike D’Antoni’s job security is being questioned. Even D’Antoni admitted himself with gallows humor that it’s cause for concern. But Carmelo Anthony backed his coach, and…

  • [New York Post] Knicks Anthony, Davis hurting (Tue, 31 Jan 2012 01:14:58 -0500)

    The Knicks got a double dose of bad injury news yesterday with Carmelo Anthony and Baron Davis sitting out practice, and both listed as doubtful for tonight’s game against the Pistons at the Garden.
    Davis missing his first practice opportunity in a week is concerning, despite coach Mike D…

  • NYT: Home Court Advantage or Burden for the Underachieving Knicks?

    My latest NYT Off the Dribble piece examines the weird double-edged sword that is Madison Square Garden:

    Even in the leanest of years for the Knicks -– an era in which they’re still arguably mired -– they have enjoyed an impressive home-court advantage at Madison Square Garden. Whatever their on-court fortunes, the Knicks can count in their favor a fan base as knowledgeable, and as loud, as any in professional sports.

    Knicks Morning News (Monday, Jan 30 2012)

  • [New York Post] Is it possible Knicks’ broadcasts are better? (Mon, 30 Jan 2012 05:35:50 -0500)

    Accidents happen.
    In new Knicks radio and TV man Spero Dedes, the local march of screaming shills and game-wreckers has been interrupted.
    Friday, for a second straight week because young old pro Mike Breen was calling a national telecast, Dedes worked MSG’s Knicks telecast with Walt Frazier and Bernard…

  • [New York Post] Amar’e deflects heat from coach (Mon, 30 Jan 2012 04:47:17 -0500)

    At the very least, embattled Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni has the support of Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler.
    Those players’ cutting postgame remarks late Saturday night in Houston were aimed at their teammates â?? not a coaching staff under fire.
    Stoudemire and Chandler have been around the league long…

  • [New York Post] Point-ed critique of Baron (Mon, 30 Jan 2012 04:37:15 -0500)

    Some Knicks are surprised point guard Baron Davis did not make his debut on their four-game recent road trip, according to a person familiar with the situation.Despite the club’s crisis-level 1-9 slide in their past 10 games, Davis â?? who has not played this season because of herniated disks…

  • [New York Daily News] Dolan gives D’Antonio the silent treatment (Mon, 30 Jan 2012 05:25:43 GMT)

    WHAT WAS once identified by Mike D’Antoni as a “little crisisâ? is evolving into a full-blown catastrophe.

  • [New York Times] Washington Wizards Stumbling Through Rough Season (Mon, 30 Jan 2012 06:30:12 GMT)

    A young team, Washington started the season 0-8 and has improved to 4-16, but uncertainty surrounds its lineup.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Heat Edge Bulls in Miami (Mon, 30 Jan 2012 06:30:12 GMT)

    Derrick Rose missed two free throws that would have given Chicago a lead with 22.7 seconds left, then missed a short jumper that would have tied the game in the final seconds.

  • [New York Times] Heat 99, Knicks 89: With Anthony on Sideline, Knicks Bow to the Heat (Mon, 30 Jan 2012 09:00:26 GMT)

    The injured Carmelo Anthony watched the Knicks keep it close before they succumbed against the Heat.

  • [New York Times] Billups Leads Clippers to 109-105 Win Over Nuggets (Mon, 30 Jan 2012 03:55:21 GMT)

    Chauncey Billups’ homecoming couldn’t have gone better. He scored a season-high 32 points and drew a crucial foul in the waning seconds to help seal the Los Angeles Clippers’ 109-105 victory that snapped the Denver Nuggets’ six-game winning streak Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Bryant, Lakers Outlast Timberwolves 106-101 (Mon, 30 Jan 2012 02:52:16 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant had 35 points and 14 rebounds and Pau Gasol scored 28 to give the Los Angeles Lakers a much-needed road victory, 106-101 over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Terry Scores 34, Mavs Beat Spurs 101-100 in OT (Mon, 30 Jan 2012 04:37:22 GMT)

    Jason Terry was more than willing to take the big shots, with Dirk Nowitzki just getting back into the Dallas Mavericks’ lineup. Terry made them when they mattered, too.

  • [New York Times] Teague Scores 24 to Lead Hawks Past Hornets 94-72 (Mon, 30 Jan 2012 02:46:12 GMT)

    Jeff Teague tied a career high with 24 points despite playing on a sore left ankle and the Atlanta Hawks beat the New Orleans Hornets 94-72 on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] LeBron Cycles Through Miami to Bulls Game (Mon, 30 Jan 2012 02:02:14 GMT)

    LeBron James got in the saddle before the Miami Heat’s clash with the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, riding to the game on his bicycle.

  • [New York Times] Granger’s Big Night Helps Pacers Down Magic 106-85 (Mon, 30 Jan 2012 01:58:03 GMT)

    Danny Granger scored 24 points, and David West and George Hill each had 16 as the Indiana Pacers ran past the Orlando Magic 106-85 on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] DeRozan Leads Raptors Past Nets 94-73 (Mon, 30 Jan 2012 01:40:06 GMT)

    DeMar DeRozan scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half, leading the Toronto Raptors to a 94-73 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Cavs Close With 12-0 Run to Beat Celtics 88-87 (Mon, 30 Jan 2012 01:52:31 GMT)

    Kyrie Irving scored 23 points, sinking a layup with 2.6 seconds left as the Cleveland Cavaliers scored the last 12 points of the game to beat the Boston Celtics 88-87 on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Heat Overcome Bulls in Battle of the East (Mon, 30 Jan 2012 01:53:29 GMT)

    By Simon Evans

  • [New York Times] James, Heat Escape With 97-93 Win Over Bulls (Mon, 30 Jan 2012 01:10:33 GMT)

    LeBron James scored 35 points, while reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose wasted two chances in the final 23 seconds and the Miami Heat escaped with a 97-93 win Sunday over the Chicago Bulls.

  • Knicks Morning News (Sunday, Jan 29 2012)

  • [New York Post] Knicks fall to Rockets; Amar’e says team unprepared (Sun, 29 Jan 2012 06:20:13 -0500)

    HOUSTON â?? The Rockets own the Knicks’ first-round pick this June from the Tracy McGrady trade. It seemed unfathomable entering the season the issue of the picks’ protection rights ever would come up.
    But as the Knicks flounder without a true point guard and look more beat up and ragged by…

  • [New York Post] Hurting Anthony just needs to heal (Sun, 29 Jan 2012 05:44:51 -0500)

    If Players only love you when they’re playing, imagine how tough they are on themselves for deciding against suiting up.
    The pressure from within to play, no matter how hurt, is far more demanding than the subtle suggestions of a team’s medical staff, behind-the-back criticism of coaches and…

  • [New York Post] Knicks’ Shumpert off the point (Sun, 29 Jan 2012 04:44:31 -0500)

    HOUSTON — The Iman Shumpert starting point guard experiment ended last night.
    Toney Douglas was promoted to starting point guard last night for rookie Shumpert, but then played so poorly he got benched for third-string Jeremy Lin for the final 20 minutes of the Knicks’ 97-84 loss to the Rockets…

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks fall to Rockets for ninth loss in 10 (Sun, 29 Jan 2012 00:16:57 EST)

    Things have gotten so tough for the Knicks and coach Mike D'Antoni that he went deep into his bench in hopes of generating something Saturday night.

  • [New York Newsday] Shumpert already wearing down (Sun, 29 Jan 2012 00:11:46 EST)

    Iman Shumpert is only 21 years old, but he's already wearing down. The rookie guard has had cramps, back issues and problems with both knees and one of his ankles.

  • [New York Times] Rockets 97, Knicks 84: Wheels Come Off for Knicks Against Rockets (Sun, 29 Jan 2012 06:50:12 GMT)

    The Knicks absorbed a rout by the Rockets to conclude a 1-3 trip. They have lost nine of their last 10 games, the last two without the injured Carmelo Anthony, to fall to 7-13.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Short-Handed Bucks Send Lakers to Another Road Loss (Sun, 29 Jan 2012 06:54:06 GMT)

    Drew Gooden scored 23 points as Milwaukee dropped Los Angeles to 1-7 on the road this season.

  • [New York Times] Bucks Trample Travel-Sick Lakers (Sun, 29 Jan 2012 06:50:02 GMT)

    The Milwaukee Bucks, missing key starters, stunned the travel-sick Los Angeles Lakers 100-89 Saturday, helped by a herculean effort from Drew Gooden.

  • [New York Times] Dudley Shoots Suns Past Grizzlies 86-84 (Sun, 29 Jan 2012 05:01:00 GMT)

    Jared Dudley made two free throws with 3.3 seconds remaining to lift the Phoenix Suns to an 86-84 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Hayward, Jazz Spoil Jimmer’s Return to Utah 96-93 (Sun, 29 Jan 2012 05:13:02 GMT)

    Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 21 points and C.J. Miles added 20 as the Utah Jazz snapped a two-game losing streak, defeating Sacramento 96-93 and spoiling Jimmer Fredette’s return to the state where “Jimmermania” began.

  • [New York Times] Depleted Bucks Upset Lakers 100-89 (Sun, 29 Jan 2012 04:41:29 GMT)

    The injury-hit Milwaukee Bucks stunned the visiting Los Angeles Lakers 100-89 Saturday helped by a herculean effort from Drew Gooden.

  • [New York Times] Bucks Keep Lakers’ Road Woes Going With 100-89 Win (Sun, 29 Jan 2012 07:58:07 GMT)

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Drew Gooden scored 23 points and the undermanned Milwaukee Bucks made sure the Lakers’ road struggles continued, beating Los Angeles 100-89 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Budinger, Dalembert Lead Rockets Past Knicks 97-84 (Sun, 29 Jan 2012 03:34:12 GMT)

    Chase Budinger scored 19 points, Samuel Dalembert grabbed 14 rebounds and the Houston Rockets beat the New York Knicks 97-84 on Saturday night for their ninth win in 10 games.

  • [New York Times] McGee’s Leads Wizards Over Bobcats Again 102-99 (Sun, 29 Jan 2012 03:10:10 GMT)

    JaVale McGee scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds as the Washington Wizards defeated the Charlotte Bobcats for the second time in a week, 102-99 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Iguodala Leads 76ers Past Pistons 95-74 (Sun, 29 Jan 2012 02:37:00 GMT)

    Andre Iguodala recorded the eighth triple-double of his career with 10 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers won their second straight game with a 95-74 victory over the struggling Detroit Pistons on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Knicks’ Anthony Is Resting His Ailing Body (Sun, 29 Jan 2012 00:27:30 GMT)

    With ankle and wrist injuries, Carmelo Anthony will get at least a four-day break before returning to the Knicks’ lineup.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Amid Players Hoping for N.B.A., a Few Trying to Get Back (Sun, 29 Jan 2012 00:33:42 GMT)

    Rafer Alston, a streetball legend and longtime N.B.A. veteran, may join Antoine Walker and other older players trying to work their way back through the league’s development league.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: A Slimmer Curry Aims to Regain Relevance (Sun, 29 Jan 2012 00:34:23 GMT)

    Now with the Miami Heat, Eddy Curry is said to have lost about 100 pounds since his departure from the Knicks.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks drop 9th out of last 10 games vs. Rockets (Sun, 29 Jan 2012 05:37:27 GMT)

    The Knicks, playing their fourth road game in five nights, collapsed in the second half and were embarrassed by the Houston Rockets, losing 97-84.

  • [New York Daily News] D’Antoni needs to turn Knicks around in a hurry (Sun, 29 Jan 2012 04:51:01 GMT)

    If Isiah Thomas, Glen Grunwald and Mike Woodson weren’t college teammates at Indiana more than three decades ago, Mike D’Antoni would still be justified feeling threatened that those three were spotted together on Thursday in Miami.