Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Carmelo Tossed in Ugly Loss

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Carmelo Tossed in Ugly Loss

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BOSTON -- Carmelo Anthony was in the locker room, ejected in the second quarter and watching the rest of the game on television. And if he felt like he'd let his team down, he didn't need to feel like the only one as plenty of his teammates followed his lead.

After Anthony was tossed for a pair of technical fouls, Joakim Noah got one while sitting on the bench, Kristaps Porzingis got one for punching the ball high into the air and finally Brandon Jennings, with 3:20 left in the game, got one for slamming the ball and sending it bounding high. After it came down he got another and joined Anthony in the locker room.

The six technical fouls were an understandable display of frustration with the officiating and their own play as the Knicks were crushed by the struggling Celtics, 115-87, at the TD Garden.

"I was just frustrated," Jennings said. "We were getting blown out. I felt like we got punked tonight."

He wasn't alone in his frustration. Anthony left the arena without speaking to reporters -- although his wife, La La, tweeted, "He hates Mel. It's personal. Always has."

Asked if he felt he deserved his technical, Noah said, "Very well- deserved, very well-deserved."

The Celtics came into the game with three straight losses and a defense which had surpassed the Knicks as the NBA's worst in the early portion of the schedule. But they clamped down on the Knicks, who once again saw their defense shredded. Porzingis led the Knicks with 14 points and Anthony had 12 before exiting, but no one did much of anything to brag about on this night.

The best the Knicks could say is that they are well-rested for tonight in Toronto.

"Obviously all those techs, it's not the smartest thing to do," Porzingis said. "But I think we kind of had each other's back there. It wasn't the best game for us. We reacted in some kind of way we shouldn't maybe, but we just wanted some more respect I guess. …

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