Carmelo Anthony had the ball in his hands with a chance to send the Knicks into the All-Star break with something they and their embattled coach desperately needed — a win.
NEW YORK — Wednesday’s loss to Sacramento will only increase the speculation on Mike Woodson’s job status. But Carmelo Anthony doesn’t want to inject himself into the conversation. When asked on Wednesday if he was worried about Woodson, Carmelo deflected the question. “I am not thinking about that at this point,” Anthony said. The Knicks (20-32) have performed well below preseason expectations. They are 12-18 at home and 2 ‘ games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony’s going to have at tough time enjoying his All-Star break. A game that Anthony said the Knicks had to win ended like so many others have this season — Melo and his team walking off the Garden floor to boos after another disappointing loss. The only thing unique about Wendesday is that the Knicks were playing one of the worst teams in the league. “It’s a tough loss to swallow,” Anthony said dropped a winnable game at home to the Kings in overtime.
NEW YORK — James Dolan got up slowly out of his courtside seat, almost like he couldn’t believe he just saw the Knicks go through the motions in yet another inexcusable Madison Square Garden home loss. The reeling Knicks knew this was basically a must-win game. Carmelo Anthony said as much before the lowly Sacramento Kings walked out of the Garden with a 106-101 overtime victory, sending the Knicks spiraling into the All-Star break.“I didn’t expect to be in this situation that we’re in right now,” said Anthony, who is completely out of answers after the Knicks lost for the fifth time in six games.
The Clippers and Trail Blazers went back and forth for 48 minutes. When it was over, Los Angeles escaped with perhaps its most satisfying victory of the season — and Portland was saddled with its second heartbreaking loss in 48 hours.
Dwyane Wade was a late scratch from the Miami Heat’s starting lineup against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night because of nerve irritation in his left foot, leaving his status for the All-Star game in doubt.
With one eye on the defense and the other on the clock, LeBron James let the time tick down before carrying the Miami Heat into the All-Star break in a way only he could.
James Harden believed his miscues were partially responsible for the Washington Wizards getting back into the game after the Rockets built a huge third-quarter lead on Wednesday night.
The Kings, losers of 12 of their last 15 games, won in overtime after overcoming double-digit deficits, leaving the Knicks to slink into the All-Star break.
Alec Burks scored 10 of his 26 points in the final two minutes to lift the Utah Jazz to a 105-100 win over the skidding Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
Coach Jason Kidd attributed the team’s recent success to finally having a chance for the players to work together for a significant period.
Eric Gordon scored 21 points, center Alexis Ajinca added 16, and the New Orleans Pelicans headed home for All-Star weekend with a 102-98 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.
Rudy Gay made the tying basket in regulation and a 3-pointer in overtime that gave Sacramento the lead for good, and Jimmer Fredette scored a career-high 24 points to help the Kings beat the New York Knicks 106-101 on Wednesday night.
Kevin Love started practicing early for All-Star weekend, making six of 11 shots from 3-point range and totaling 32 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 117-90 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.
Kyrie Irving’s 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 27.2 seconds remaining lifted the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 93-89 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
Paul Pierce scored 25 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets over the Charlotte Bobcats 105-89 on Wednesday night.
Memphis coach David Joerger says center Marc Gasol will have his left knee evaluated after he re-aggravated an injury in the Grizzlies’ victory over the Magic on Wednesday night.
Tim Duncan scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half, powering the injury-depleted San Antonio Spurs to a 104-92 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.
Monta Ellis had 23 points and nine rebounds, and Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points as the Dallas Mavericks handed the Indiana Pacers their third home loss of the season, 81-73 on Wednesday night.
Zach Randolph had 20 points, Courtney Lee added 17 and the Memphis Grizzlies held off the Orlando Magic 86-81 Wednesday night.
DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points, Kyle Lowry had 16 points and 13 assists, and the Toronto Raptors snapped a five-game home losing streak to Atlanta on Wednesday night, beating the struggling Hawks 104-83.
No one should be surprised, by now, that the Knicks appeared to have a collective eye elsewhere for most of a game Carmelo Anthony had declared a must-win heading into All-Star weekend.
Jim Dolan didn’t look very happy when he left his courtside seat Wednesday night after watching his Knicks suffer another one of those disgraceful losses that have become so commonplace this season.
The Knicks might have had the Kings on their minds Wednesday night, but couldn’t help noticing the Big Apple’s biggest story that broke earlier in the day.
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