Los Angeles Clippers beat New York Knicks
Carmelo Anthony played very well for the New York Knicks. However, it was not enough; the Los Angeles Clippers played better and won 102-88.
Chris Paul, 25 points, and Jamal Crawford, 27 points, deserve the credit for the offensive success of the Clippers but it was Grant Hill who may have really won the game. Hill’s defense kept Knicks’ star Anthony to only one shot in the fourth quarter, according to the Associated Press.
While Anthony only scored one basket in the fourth quarter, he still had a total of 42 points.
”I think that Grant Hill sitting on the bench the whole time, he came in and provided a great presence out there on Melo. I don’t think we win that game without him,” Crawford said.
This was Paul’s second game since his injury and he seemed to be playing well. This was also Blake Griffin’s second game back from an injury and he had 17 points and 12 rebounds. It seems that the Clippers may be all healed and back in the game.
While it seems that Anthony was doing most of the work for the Knicks, Raymond Felton was helping out with 20 points and 5 assists, especially with the middle pick and roll. At the end of the third quarter, it looked like that is what the Knicks had intended to do, reports the New York Times.
The fourth started alright but soon the Clippers took over and the Knicks just could not keep up. It was not just offensively but defensively. The Clippers had more offensive boards than the Knicks had total rebounds in the fourth quarter. Along with that, the Clippers forced seven turnovers.
Knicks coach Mike Woodson said, “A lot of it is we haven’t had a whole lot of practice time. We don’t have any closeness yet, and I don’t think we’re trusting each one another right now.”
Hopefully the Knicks can build trust as a team and begin to play an overall better game against elite teams like the Clippers.