Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

In Crunch Time, Knicks Magically Disappear

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

In Crunch Time, Knicks Magically Disappear

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NEW YORK - Carmelo Anthony's sprained ankle wasn't an issue until he stepped on an Orlando Magic player's foot near the end of the game, but crunch time also was when his shooting became a major problem.

Despite a sprained left wrist that made him feel as if he was playing one-handed, Anthony continued shooting and contributed to the Knicks shooting themselves out of Monday afternoon's 102-93 loss to the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden.

Down the stretch, the Knicks forgot all about Amar'e Stoudemire and missed their last shots. They scored just two points in the final 3:27 as they dropped their third straight.

Anthony, who missed the prior game because of his ankle, was responsible for three of those misses and committed a costly turnover with 1:29 left and the Knicks (6-7) down five. He finished with a game-high 33 points, but shot 9-for-27 -- including 1-for-8 from three-point range -- and committed five turnovers.

"Even though, I had two hands on the ball, I was really shooting with one," Anthony said. "I couldn't get control of the ball so a lot of my shots were long, flat, but that's neither here nor there."

That's where the shots went for Anthony and all the Knicks after the Magic (9-3) played a zone in the fourth. Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said he went to that defense to contain Anthony.

But the Knicks lost in large part because of their own defense.

Tyson Chandler and Jared Jeffries contained and frustrated Dwight Howard, holding him to nine points on 3-of-6 shooting. But the Magic were 17-of-35 from three. Ex-Net Ryan Anderson was 7-for-13 from deep and scored a career-high 30 points.

"We got separated from shooters too much," Chandler said.

Stoudemire, who scored 10 points, blamed himself for the loss because he got in foul trouble and only played 10 minutes through three quarters. But Stoudemire shot 3-for-3 in the fourth, including a dunk with 7:42 left that gave the Knicks an 85-83 lead. …

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