Things are so bad for the New York Knicks that they are a game
away from tying a mark set during the embarrassing Larry Brown
Losers of eight consecutive games, the Knicks will try to avoid
the franchise’s longest skid in nearly eight years Sunday night
when they host the New Orleans Pelicans.
New York’s eight-game slide is its longest since it dropped nine
in a row March 19-April 4, 2006. That team finished 23-59, the
franchise’s worst record since 1964.
The Knicks (3-12) are coming off a four-game road trip where
they struggled to find a consistent offensive rhythm. New York shot
just 42 percent in the four games, and hasn’t scored more than 100
points in seven straight contests. Carmelo Anthony has led the team
in scoring in all 15 games this season, the only player in the NBA
to be his team’s top scorer in every game.
In the final game of the trip Friday in Denver, the Knicks had a
chance to tie it at the end, but Anthony’s jumper at the buzzer
rattled out, and New York fell 97-95.
“We’re trying. We’re playing much harder,” Anthony said. “We
played at a must faster pace. We started trusting one another out
there tonight. It’s an uphill battle. It’s a tough battle and tough
hole to get out of.”
New York is averaging 92.4 points per game to rank 25th in the
“Any loss is tough. We have lost eight games in a row. That is
something, as a coach, that I haven’t experienced in a while,”
coach Mike Woodson said. “It is frustrating. I know it is
frustrating for the guys in the locker room. But we have to stay
the course and keep grinding. We have to go home and get ready for
New Orleans and see if we can get off this slide.”
Although the Knicks are averaging 5.6 points more at home than
on the road, they’ve lost six straight at Madison Square Garden
since a season-opening win over Milwaukee.
Unlike the Knicks, the Pelicans (7-8) do not have one primary,
go-to scorer. Instead New Orleans relies on its depth, with six
players scoring more than 10.5 points per game. Anthony Davis leads
the way at 19.6 per game, to go along with 10.6 rebounds and 3.9
“We have a ton of weapons, with a lot of guys who can draw
attention and get the ball to wide-open shooters,” forward Ryan
Anderson told team’s official website.
Anderson has been a key in recent weeks, averaging 19.0 points
since returning from a toe injury Nov. 16.
The Pelicans snapped a four-game road losing streak Friday with
a 121-105 victory over the 76ers. Eric Gordon led five players in
double figures with a season-high 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting
and Jrue Holiday added 20 points and 13 assists in his return to
“We had 30 assists, but I thought we could have had 35 or 40
assists tonight,” coach Monty Williams said. “We just have to learn
how to play together consistently.”
It was the fourth win in six games for New Orleans, which shot
54.8 percent from the field, its second-best performance of the
The Knicks have dominated the Pelicans of late, winning eight of
the past nine games. They swept last season’s series, with Anthony
averaging 28.0 points.