Matched up against a motley crew of Lakers, full of hungry young guns who continue to look to prove themselves night in and night out, an established Knicks squad looked to be the inferior group.
The likes of Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Amar'e Stoudemire, and company were no match for a Los Angeles' team led by Xavier Henry.
Heading into Tuesday night's game, the Knicks had a dozen contests remaining. Following the devastating 127-96 loss, New York is now four games behind the Hawks for the eighth and final playoff spot. The possibilities to break in are dwindling as hope continues to fade with each frustrating defeat.
Here's a look at what went wrong and the few things that actually went the Knicks' way against the Mike D'Antoni led Lakers:
What Went Wrong
– The Knicks gave up a franchise-record 51 points in the third quarter.
– Three players scored 18 or more points off the Lakers' bench.
– New York lost in nearly every potential category. In addition to obviously being outscored, they were also out-rebounded. The Lakers dished out more assists, committed less turnovers, and shot a higher field goal percentage both overall and from behind the arc.
– Amar'e Stoudemire had a team-worst plus/minus of -30.
– Mike Woodson didn't pull his starters out of the game fast enough. He relied upon them too much. Aside from having another game on Wednesday, the Knicks' starters simply weren't getting it done. The coach should have switched things up, if only to see if another formula happened to work.
What Went Right
– The Knicks allowed a season-low 14 points to the Lakers in the first quarter.
– The team had five players in double-figures.
– Amar'e Stoudemire continued to roll offensively, scoring 16 points.
– After starting the contest on a cold streak of 0-7 from the field, Carmelo Anthony roared back and finished with 29 points on 10 of 21 from the field, to go along with a team-high 9 rebounds.
– Pablo Prigioni played more minutes than Raymond Felton and dished out 5 assists.