Hopefully the Knicks had a great Thanksgiving dinner, because they’re Thanksgiving Eve and Black Friday were absolutely horrendous. Following their late game loss to the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday night, the Knicks put up a pitiful performance tonight against the Houston Rockets, losing by a score of 131-103. The Rockets were led by the duo of James Harden (33 points) and Chandler Parsons (31 points). The two combined to shoot 20-for-32 from the field (7-of-12 from beyond the arc) and 17-of-18 from the free throw line, with Harden alone shooting a perfect 16-for-16 from the charity stripe. The Knicks were led by the hot hand of Carmelo Anthony, who finished with 37 points on 14-for-24 shooting (7-for-12 from beyond the arc).
Apparently when packing up their things after their win against the New Orleans Hornets Tuesday night, the Knicks forgot one important thing: their defense. After giving up 114 points to the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday night, the Knicks defense was again non-existent from the start of this game. The Knicks did scored the first two points of the game but it would be there only lead of the night. The Rockets jumped out to a 20-9 start led by the hot shooting of Parsons (who?). The second year forward scored seven of the Rockets first 20 points, en route to an 18 point first quarter in which he made all of his eight shots. For the period, the Rockets would shoot 54% from the floor
Thankfully, the Knicks had Anthony to match him point for point, as he scored 18 points of his own to keep the Knicks in the game. The Knicks would outscore the Rockets 23-15 the rest of the quarter to cut an 11 point deficit to three, 35-32.
After Parson’s barrage in the first quarter, it was time for Harden to show off. He scored 16 of his 33 points in the quarter, with nine of them coming from the free throw line. The Rockets began the quarter with a 14-6 run to extend their three point lead to 10. The Knicks would fight back with an 11-2 run to cut the deficit to one but that was as close as they could come all night. The Rockets used a 21-7 run (including twelve straight points) to take a 72-57 lead into halftime.
The Knicks began the second half as if they would fight there way back into the game. They used a 16-11 spurt to cut the deficit from 15 to 10. Then all hell broke loose. The Rockets used a 13-0 run to push their lead to 23. Mixed in that run was a technical foul to Anthony, who was arguing with the refs ahead of the Knicks players while Patrick Patterson raced in for an open court dunk and later a flagrant foul on Tyson Chandler, who elbowed Omer Asik in the face in an act of utter frustration. The offensively challenged Asik scored 10 points in the quarter, part of his 18 point, 14 rebound performance. Again, Asik scored 18 points in the game. Remember when Tyson Chandler was the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year? Just last year? The quarter ended with the Knicks down 104-80 and the game completely over. The final basket of the quarter came on a three-pointer from former Knick Toney Douglas, drilling a three-pointer and putting the dagger thru the Knicks heart.
Complete garbage time. The only Knicks starters to play were Anthony and Chandler and both were gone before the midway point of the quarter. But hey, Chris Copeland got in the game! The seldom used forward scored six points, bringing back memories of his strong play against the Rockets in the Summer League.
Up next for the Knicks, a 1:00 p.m. date on Sunday afternoon against the 3-10 Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden.
- Remember when this game was supposed to be all about Jeremy Lin? Overshadowed by the performances of Harden, Parsons and Asik, Linsanity still had himself an effective game. He scored 13 points, hauled in seven rebounds and dished out three assists. The other former Knicks point-guard, Douglas, had himself a nice game aswell, scoring 11 points while drilling 3-of-4 three-pointers.
- Did J.R. Smith go out in New Orleans? He’s shot just 7-for-20 in his last two games.
- After being able to win games early in the season while being out-rebounded, the Knicks were killed on the boards tonight and it certainly didn’t help their cause. The Rockets grabbed 49 rebounds to the Knicks 30. The Knicks were also out-rebounded in Wednesday nights loss the Mavs, 42-37.
- One of Mike Woodson’s challenge to the Knicks has been to hold opponents to under 25 points a quarter. They certainly haven’t done that in the past two games, giving up over 25 in each quarter and over 30 in six of the eight quarters.
- Did Marcus Camby not invite Coach Woodson over for Thanksgiving Dinner. Even with Rasheed Wallace not playing due to a sore left foot, Camby still didnt see action. Woodson went with Kurt Thomas as the big man off the bench and even went with Steve Novak for Chandler at times. It is turning into a mystery why Camby, the league leader in rebounding percentage last season and 12th all-time in block shots, is not seeing consistent action.
- I guess we learned tonight why Pablo Prigioni prefers to pass the ball then shoot it. Prigioni shot just 2-of-7 from the floor (1-of-6 from beyond the arc). He didn’t see the court agains the Mavs and didn’t shoot in 13 minutes against the Hornets Tuesday night. However, he was 0-for-5 against the Indiana Pacers last Sunday. Just keep passing the ball Pablo.