(3-10) - (10-5)
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New York Knicks
Los Angeles Clippers Raymond Felton - Lower Back/ Left Hip Injury (OUT) Matt Barnes - Retinal tear left eye (OUT) Tyson Chandler - Non-Displaced Fracture of the Right Fibula (OUT) Maalik Wayns - Torn meniscus left knee (OUT)
Today in Knicks history
November 27, 2004 In the Gardenís annual Kids Day matinee, Jamal Crawford pours in 30 points and Stephon Marbury adds 15 assists in 108-102 win over the Raptors.
March 17, 2013 New York was again without the services of Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Amaríe Stoudemire and again for the fourth time in a row, the Knicks were defeated, this time by the Los Angeles Clipper 93-80 at the STAPLES Center. New York was paced by J.R. Smithís 17 points and six rebounds over36 minutes. Raymond Felton posted 16 points and nine assists over 41 minutes. Chris Copeland added 13 points and four rebounds over 26 minutes. LA Clippers were led by Chris Paulís 20 points and eight assists over 37 minutes. Caron Butler recorded 14 points and five rebounds. Blake Griffin posted a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds over 38 minutes. The New York Knicks jumped out to an early 10-3 lead but everything came apart after that as the Los Angeles Clippers outscored the Knicks 90-70 for the remainder of the game. After squandering an early lead, New York saw its last lead of the game disappear when a DeAndre Jordan slam dunk put the Clippers ahead 18-17 with 3:00 minutes left in the first quarter. It was all downhill after that and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the New York Knicks 93-80 to sweep the season series for the first time since the 2009-10 season. February 10, 2013 In a Sunday afternoon matchup, New York fell short being held to 18 fourth quarter points and Carmelo Anthonyís 42 points ended up not being enough as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the New York Knicks 102-88 at Madison Square Garden. Carmelo Anthony led the way with 42 points and eight rebounds over 43 minutes. This was Anthonyís fifth 40-point performance, which is tied with Kevin Durant for first in the NBA. Raymond Felton added 20 points and five assists over 40 minutes. No other Knick recorded double-figures in points. LA Clippers were paced by Chris Paulís 25 points, seven assists and four steals over 29 minutes. Jamal Crawford added 27 points off the bench. Blake Griffin recorded 18 points and 12 rebounds over 38 minutes.
When the season began, few expected the New York Knicks' biggest problem to be offense.
Yet the Knicks visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night looking to avoid their worst losing streak of the Carmelo Anthony era, largely because of their inability to put the ball in the basket.
Though Anthony ranks second in the NBA at 26.5 points per game, the team as a whole has taken a major dip. New York ranks 25th in the league with 93.2 points per game, a 6.8 drop from last season, and has averaged 89.0 in regulation over its last five.
The Knicks have shot 41.5 percent from the field during this losing streak, which matches their longest since an eight-game skid Feb. 5-23, 2010 - a year before Anthony's arrival.
Following the latest defeat, 102-91 at Portland on Monday, Anthony admitted his frustration is at an "all-time high."
"We get stagnant at times," said Anthony, who had 34 points and 15 rebounds. "We want to play, then we don't want to play. We just aren't putting a full 48 minutes together, offensively, defensively, we just aren't doing it."
The Knicks (3-10) need improved production from the rest of their roster besides Anthony. Reigning Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith has seen his scoring drop from 18.1 points per game to 12.4 this season. Raymond Felton is shooting a career-worst 37.6 percent from the field, including 7 of 34 on 3-point attempts, and could return Wednesday after missing four games with a hip injury.
New York is among the Eastern Conference leaders in 3-pointers attempted (327) but has made just 33.0 percent, compared to 37.6 last season.
"When you lose six in a row, you keep talking about effort," said Smith, at 29.6 percent from 3-point range. "You can't coach effort, you can't teach effort, that's just the game. You have to come out and play hard. If we don't come out and play hard, we're going to keep losing."
Now the Knicks must outscore a Los Angeles team which ranks second in the NBA at 107.9 points per game and is shooting 48.1 percent from the field - a mark the Knicks haven't reached since the season opener. Chris Paul leads the NBA in assists by a wide margin, and five regulars average double figures in scoring.
Los Angeles held the Knicks below 90 points in both meetings last season - Smith shot 5 for 29 - and won each by double digits. Paul averaged 22.5 points.
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