The desperation was spelled out on the scoreboard, across the Knicks’ bench and finally in their lineup. They were teetering on the edge of disaster before finding momentary salvation from sources both obvious and unexpected.
They trailed the Washington Wizards, a team with no victories and even less chemistry, by double digits. Their starting backcourt was in disarray. A bad week was about to get profoundly worse.
But Carmelo Anthony seized the moment, Amar’e Stoudemire asserted himself and Iman Shumpert forced his way into prominence as the Knicks rallied for a 99-96 win to avert humiliation.