Knicks Fight Back In Final Minutes, Fall To Nuggets 97-95

By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)


How it happened:

The Knicks trailed the Nuggets, 94-85, with a minute and 43 seconds remaining, but they would not go quietly as they fought for a win to close out this grueling west coast road trip.

A J.R. Smith 3-pointer, a couple of Carmelo Anthony free throws and a clutch Raymond Felton three from the corner later, it was a game again.

With seconds remaining and the Knicks down two, Anthony had the ball and 6'4" Randy Foye on him, but Melo's turnaround jumper fell short and the comeback came to a halt.

After a first quarter in which Ty Lawson scored 10 points and dished out three assists, the Knicks made every effort to slow the Nuggets' point guard the rest of the way, grinding the game to a possession-by-possession battle down the stretch. Denver put up 30 points in the opening quarter, and the pace of the game was playing right into the home team's hands, but New York held them to under 100 points for the game.

The Knicks managed to hold Lawson to 12 more points the rest of the way, but his teammates picked up the slack in the game's final moments. Wilson Chandler hit a big three in the final minutes, but it was Foye, who also knocked down a clutch three when the Knicks were storming back, who saved the game with his defense.

New York returns home after an 0-4 road trip, including three losses on out west. Despite spurts of effort and intensity, the Knicks remain in search of the winning combination this season, as their record falls to 3-12.

Knick of the Night:

Anthony finished with 27 points and seven rebounds, a strong performance in his return to Denver to face his former team.

Looking Ahead:

The Knicks' next chance to break their losing streak comes Sunday at the Garden against the visiting New Orleans Pelicans.

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