By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
CLIPPERS 109, KNICKS 95 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it Happened:
Coming off two rough road losses, the Knicks returned to Madison Square Garden to face one of the Western Conference's best teams. Despite playing without Chris Paul, the Los Angeles Clippers managed to pull away in the second half, giving the Knicks a weekend to regroup before a meeting with Brooklyn on Monday.
Carmelo Anthony stood out for his 25 points and 20 rebounds -- the second 20-20 performance of his career -- but the Knicks' offense struggled from the floor all night and wound up shooting 35% from the field in the loss.
Blake Griffin, the Clippers' leader in Paul's absence, turned in another solid performance, going for 32 points and seven rebounds, breathing life into L.A.'s offense while the rest of his teammates struggled. The teams went to halftime tied at 50, but in the second half it was all Clippers, led by Griffin and former Knick Jamal Crawford (29 points).
J.R. Smith turned in one of his best games of the season, with 24 points on 50 percent shooting off the bench.
Knick of the Night:
Anthony took on the challenge of guarding the much bigger Griffin and certainly held his own on the glass. He also made all 16 free throws he attempted.
The Knicks have the weekend to rest up before taking on the Brooklyn Nets on Monday at MSG.