By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
PELICANS 103, KNICKS 99 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it happened:
The Knicks had their chances in this one. They held the lead for most of the second half against New Orleans, who was playing without star center Anthony Davis after he broke his hand right before halftime. They played tough down the stretch, igniting the Garden crowd during a late run that might have sealed their first win in nine games, their first at home in seven.
But neither Carmelo Anthony nor J.R. Smith could get a three to fall during a series of attempts in the game's final moments, and the Pelicans prevailed because they seemed to have an answer for every Knicks run.
The building was as loud as it's been all year when a Smith three sandwiched between two Tim Hardaway Jr. bombs gave New York a, 88-82 lead with eight minutes left. But Ryan Anderson answered with one of his seven 3-pointers and the two teams battled blow for blow down the stretch.
Coach Woodson said before the game that his own team's decline in 3-pointers was one of the biggest causes for its struggles, and tonight appeared to be a departure from the cold-shooting ways. The Orange and Blue sunk 13 long balls, a season high.
Knick of the Night:
Hardaway stole the show in the second half. His 21 points and five 3-pointers both shattered previous career highs and he once again proved that he's ready for the big stage.
The Knicks will head to Brooklyn on Thursday for their first matchup of the season with the crosstown Nets.