NEW YORK — The Knicks needed a stop, one that would have given them a chance at an eighth straight win and continued Linsanity for at least a couple more days. Then Jared Jeffries and Landry Fields converged on the Hornets’ Marco Bellinelli with 25 seconds left and New Orleans holding a three-point lead.
Fields was quickly called for a personal foul. He grabbed Bellinelli by the arm. But Fields and Jeffries argued that Bellinelli called timeout before Fields committed the foul that gave Bellinelli a pair of free throws that put the Hornets ahead by five, before going on to win 89-85 Friday night to end one of the most exciting and intriguing two weeks of the Knicks’ season.
Jeremy Lin lost for the first time as an NBA starter on Friday. He was asked afterward if it was “good” to get the loss out of the way.
“I don’t think this is good because I hate losing,” Lin said.
But then he reconsidered.
“In terms of everything — (meaning the attention surrounding Linsanity) — dying down a little bit, I think from that end it may help me,” Lin said. “It may help the team a little bit in terms of just having everything off the court cool down.
Knicks interim GM Glen Grunwald has stockpiled the Knicks with plenty of talent.
Is it enough to put New York in the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference?
In a rare chat with reporters on Friday, Grunwald was asked if the new-look Knicks (15-16) have enough to compete with Chicago (25-7) and Miami (24-7) in the East.
“Well, you know, I hope so and we’re going to find out,” said Grunwald, who added J.R. Smith to the roster on Friday. “We have a lot of good basketball players, we have a very good coach.
NEW YORK — The Knicks were close to pulling off a comeback victory against a team that walked into the Garden with six wins. They trailed by five with 25 seconds left when they found their purest shooter wide open beyond the 3-point arc.
Then Steve Novak’s 3-point attempt clanged off the side of the rim. Tyson Chandler gathered the rebound and kicked out to Landry Fields. Clang again.
Even Amare Stoudemire’s attempt to pull within a point with two seconds left banged off the back rim.
NEW YORK — J.R. Smith has reputation for a jump shot with a hairpin trigger and he has the ability to electrify Madison Square Garden with his streaky shooting. He also has a reputation for issues off the court.
“We did our due diligence on this and we had people that had, let’s say, inside personal experience with J.R. and they all came out in favor of this move,” said Knicks interim general manager Glen Grunwald.
Grunwald mentioned that Denver director of pro player personnel and former general manager Mark Warkentein was involved in the Knicks landing Smith.
NEW YORK — The consensus is that when Jeremy Lin turned the sports world on its head, he also may have saved coach Mike D’Antoni’s job in the process.
Even though New Orleans halted the Knicks’ seven-game winning streak on Friday, 89-85, the Knicks at least have a bonafide point guard in Lin, two prolific scorers, and have now added another scoring threat in J.R. Smith. The conversation has moved away from D’Antoni’s job status to the Knicks’ chances to contend for an NBA championship.
Jeremy Lin had 26 points and 5 assists, but he also had 9 turnovers and little offensive help from his teammates as the Hornets ended the Knicks’ seven-game winning streak.
J. R. Smith likes to shoot 3-pointers and his seven-year N.B.A. résumé reads like a flashing caution sign: suspensions, benchings, clashes with his coach and traffic accidents.
LeBron James tried to reassure Heat fans that he is committed to helping the Heat win an N.B.A. title this season before he and the Heat defeated the Cavaliers, 111-87, in Cleveland.
Jeremy Lin coughed up nine turnovers in his first defeat as a New York Knicks starter with the lowly New Orleans Hornets claiming a surprise 89-85 victory at a sold-out Madison Square Garden on Friday.
The Miami Heat, led by LeBron James, torched the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-87 on Friday to record their fifth consecutive road win in front of an unforgiving crowd.
Kobe Bryant scored 18 of his 36 points in the third quarter, Andrew Bynum had 17 points and 14 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers handed the Phoenix Suns their fourth straight loss, 111-99 on Friday night.
Al Jefferson scored a season-high 34 points, including 26 in the first half, and the Utah Jazz beat the Washington Wizards 114-100 on Friday night.
Dirk Nowitzki had 28 points and 12 rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks erased a 15-point deficit with a dominant second half to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 82-75 on Friday night.
The Miami Heat, led by LeBron James, torched the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-87 on Friday to record their fifth consecutive road win in front of an unforgiving crowd in Cleveland on Friday.
Dante Cunningham tipped in Rudy Gay’s miss with less than a second left and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Denver Nuggets 103-102 Friday night.
Can’t Lin ’em all.
James Harden scored 25 points, Kevin Durant added 23 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder completed a season sweep of the Golden State Warriors with a 110-87 win Friday night.
Kevin Love scored 33 points, including eight straight during a key fourth-quarter stretch, and Nikola Pekovic added a career-high 30 to give the Minnesota Timberwolves a 111-98 win over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.
Rodney Stuckey scored a season-high 36 points and rookie Brandon Knight added 23 points and 10 assists as the Detroit Pistons rallied to beat the Sacramento Kings 114-108 on Friday night.
LeBron James scored 28 in his third game back to Cleveland as a visitor, Dwyane Wade added 22 and the Miami Heat won their fifth straight — all on the road — by destroying the Cavaliers 111-87 on Friday night.
Relax, Miami. LeBron James isn’t leaving the Heat.
Dwight Howard scored 26 points and grabbed 20 rebounds as the Orlando Magic rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 94-85 Friday night.
Reggie Williams scored a season-high 22 points to help the Charlotte Bobcats snap a 16-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Raptors 98-91 on Friday night.
The streaking New York Knicks signed former Denver Nugget J.R. Smith on Friday, giving point guard sensation Jeremy Lin a new backcourt mate.
Well, you can't Lin 'em all.
Is Lin-sanity fatigue beginning to set in on Jeremy Lin?
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It was fun while it lasted.
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Even for Jeremy Lin, instant stardom has it drawbacks. The Knicks rags to riches point guard admitted on Friday that the events of the past two weeks have been “a little mentally and emotionally taxing.”
J.R. Smith has confirmed, via Twitter, that he is joining the Knicks. The impending signing of the free agent shooting guard was first reported on the Daily News’ website on Thursday.
Two weeks of Lin-sanity and everything that entails finally got the best of Jeremy Lin. He’s no longer undefeated, no longer invincible and the Knicks winning streak is over.