NEW YORK — Jeremy Lin didn’t hear the cheers when his name was announced just before he entered the game at the 5:33 mark in the first quarter.Lin also says he did not hear the smattering of boos whenever he was at the free throw line. He just tried to concentrate on the game, have fun and do what he keeps doing against the Knicks — win. Lin improved to 3-0 against the Knicks since leaving New York as the Rockets left the Garden with a 109-106 victory.
NEW YORK –- Carmelo Anthony went toe-to-toe with James Harden. He took on Linsanity. He scored like a reigning scoring champ should, rebounded like Tyson Chandler and even found time to stick up for Andrea Bargnani and flick a basketball at Dwight Howard. This was the Carmelo Anthony the New York Knicks need and have been waiting for this season. Anthony delivered his best game of the season with 45 points and 10 rebounds. He even almost made a Larry Johnson-like four-point play at the end that might’ve won the game, but officials made the right call and saw Harden hack down on Anthony before the forward got off an incredible 3-pointer that dropped in just after Harden hacked him a second time.
Carmelo Anthony shot 11 free throws against 30 shot attempts Thursday night. James Harden took 18 free throws against 17 attempts. That didn’t sit well with Anthony, who expressed frustration with calls refs made — or didn’t make — in the New York Knicks-Houston Rockets game. “You look at that and you see the way that some guys get their calls. Me, I got to get cut. You’ve got to see blood for me to get a call down there,” Anthony said after the Knicks lost to Houston.
Most Knicks fans were probably screaming at the television after Carmelo Anthony’s apparent game-tying 3-pointer was waived off by referee Scott Foster with five seconds to play on Thursday. But Foster says his crew got the call right.”It was a tough call but last year we put a new rule in for these situations and how we go about them. The initial contact was before he started to turn, while his back is to the basket, and then he flings it up,” Foster said in an interview with a pool reporter.
There was a time Linsanity at the Garden used to be synonymous with exhilaration. Not Thursday night. Ex-Knick Jeremy Lin and the Rockets handed the Knicks their third straight loss at home and put Carmelo Anthony’s best offensive game of the young season to waste in a 109-106 victory.
The newest Knicks starter might have really started something now. J.R. Smith, who made his first start of the season in Wednesday’s win in Atlanta, appeared to threaten Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings with a dispatch on social media shortly after the victory.
This is the kind of loss that might stick with the Knicks for a few days. “I’m at a loss for words right now,” Carmelo Anthony said after his 45 points were rendered meaningless when the Knicks suffered a deflating defeat at home, 109-106, against Jeremy Lin and the Rockets on Thursday night. “It’s a little bit like a blur.”
Andrea Bargnani was the Knicks’ big acquisition of the offseason and he is beginning to play like it. The 7-footer — and now starting center because of Tyson Chandler’s broken fibula — had 24 points, went 9-for-12 from the floor and arguably got the better of Rockets center Dwight Howard in Thursday night’s 109-106 loss at the Garden.
Jeremy Lin wanted his second Rockets return to the Garden Thursday to be a “subplot.” Based on the reaction he received when he entered the game, he got what he wanted. A crowd featuring a smattering of Knicks No. 17 jerseys and T-shirts gave Lin a nice round of applause.
James (Guitar Jimmy) Dolan has a legion of lackeys on the Gulag payroll, all supposedly renowned for their creative prowess. Most of their energy is devoted to damage control. Or attempting to manipulate the media.
On the night of Feb. 2, it’s going to be cold, there’s always a chance of significant snow and who knows which direction the unpredictable winds will be whipping around in at MetLife Stadium.
You are a superstar in the NBA. And so, barring injury, ejection, fouling out or losing an ill-advised bet, you expect to be on the floor in the waning minutes…
Silence one moment, pandemonium the next.
Dwight Howard is often fouled intentionally late in games, and with good reason: Entering Thursday, he had missed 50 of 96 free-throw attempts.
James Harden was back in the lineup, Jeremy Lin was back at Madison Square Garden, and that was just enough to help the Houston Rockets withstand Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks.
Carmelo Anthony scored 45 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against the Rockets, but his potentially game-tying 3-pointer with five seconds remaining was waved off.
Kevin Garnett, who turned 37 in May and is in his 19th professional season, has been a vocal leader for the Nets, but his contributions on the court have been far quieter.
In an escalating series of posts on his Twitter account, J. R. Smith appeared to threaten the Pistons’ Brandon Jennings for picking on his younger brother, Chris, a guard with the Knicks.
It was an all too familiar sight for the Knicks and their fans Thursday night. The visiting team was getting open shots and wide-open lanes to the basket and Jeremy Lin was taking over in the fourth quarter.
For Jeremy Lin, returning to Madison Square Garden for the second time as an opponent "was a lot more mellow." And he enjoyed that aspect of it very much.