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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Derrick Williams, who opted out of the final year of his contract with the Knicks this past June, told Marc Berman of the NY Post that the decision was tough.

"For sure it was a tough decision,'' Williams said. "I love my time in New York. Being one of the fan favorites, leaving a place where I felt I could keep getting better, keep growing. But ultimately I feel it was the right decision. It might not seem that way right now. But I'm getting better each day. Even though I may not be on the court right now, this is for the second half of the season."

Williams, who played 80 games for the Knicks last season, has appeared in just 11 of the Heat's 20 games so far in 2016-17.

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(Sam Sharpe/USA Today Sports Images)

After agreeing to terms with Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee, the New York Knicks are trying to create more cap space by trading one of its players, ESPN's Ian Begley reports.

The Knicks have approximately $8.5 million in cap space after the two signings, according to Begley. He writes:

If the Knicks choose not to renounce Lance Thomas and keep their qualifying offer to Langston Galloway, as expected, they would have about $4.6 million in space. This number, though, presumes they rescind cap holds to their remaining free agents, including Derrick Williams, Sasha Vujacic, Lou Amundson and Kevin Seraphin.

Noah agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal, while Lee agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract. Carmelo Anthony will earn $24.5 million next season, Kristaps Porzingis $4.3 million and Derrick Rose $21.3 million, according to Basketball-Reference.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Williams, Kevin Seraphin, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas, Langston Galloway, Lou Amundson, Sasha Vujacic
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New York Knicks shooting guard Arron Afflalo reacts after being called for an offensive foul during the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks shooting guard Arron Afflalo reacts after being called for an offensive foul during the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Arron Afflalo, Derrick Williams have told the Knicks that they will not opt in to their contracts for 2016-17, per league sources.

Arron Afflalo and Derrick Williams have both told the Knicks they will not opt in to their contracts for the 2016-17 season, according to Ian Begley of ESPN NY.

Afflalo was set to receive $8 million this upcoming season from the Knicks, but will now be an unrestricted free agent.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) celebrates a play with center Robin Lopez (8) and forward Carmelo Anthony (7) in the third quarter of their game the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. (Jason Getz)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) celebrates a play with center Robin Lopez (8) and forward Carmelo Anthony (7) in the third quarter of their game the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. (Jason Getz)

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While repeated reports may say different, Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson do agree on several things, one being the talent of the Knicks front court.

In a recent interview with NBC's Bruce Beck (via Maxwell Ogden), Jackson mentioned that in the team's exit meetings he and Carmelo agreed the front court of Anthony, Robin Lopez and Kristaps Porzingis may be the best in the league:

Tags: Aaron Afflalo, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Williams, Jerian Grant, Kristaps Porzingis, Robin Lopez
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 (Brian Spurlock)
(Brian Spurlock)

Paul George and George Hill each scored 19 points and the Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks 102-90 to win their final home game of the regular season.

Trailing 64-62, the Pacers (44-37) finished the final seven minutes of the third quarter with a 17-6 run that gave Indiana a 79-70 lead heading into the final period.

New York (32-50) led at the end of the first and second quarters before the Pacers rallied in the third quarter.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said he was focused on team growth instead of his individual futre after the Knicks lost their last regular-season game at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

"I don't think about that -- not right now,'' Anthony said when asked if he thought Sunday's game was his last home game as a Knick, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. "I can't think about that. My mindset is figuring out how we're going to better this situation and grow as a team, grow as an organization.''

Anthony, who had expressed frustration with the organization and had been the subject of trade rumors earlier this season, said his message to Knicks fans was to not give up on the team despite losing 27 of their last 37 games heading into Tuesday's season finale against the Indiana Pacers.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Williams, Jerian Grant, Kristaps Porzingis, Robin Lopez
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Jerian Grant is making the most of his playing opportunities down the stretch of the season.  (Brad Penner)
Jerian Grant is making the most of his playing opportunities down the stretch of the season. (Brad Penner)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

At this point in the year, games are no longer judged by whether or not the Knicks win or lose a given contest. Instead, it's time to focus on player development. This is an opportunity for New York to explore and see which pieces may flash some worthwhile potential as a means of auditioning for a role for next season.

During a campaign in which the Knicks have struggled mightily, changes will be necessary heading into next season. That said, playing the teams younger and/or more promising players at this time provides the organization with a taste of the positive glimpses next season may boast. There are certainly still players on this season's squad that can be utilized for the better as the team looks to improve moving forward.

Tags: Derrick Williams, Jerian Grant, Robin Lopez, Keith Schlosser
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Kemba Walker scored 34 points, Al Jefferson had 24 and the Charlotte Hornets bounced back from consecutive losses to the Eastern Conference's top teams by beating the New York Knicks 111-97 on Wednesday night.

Charlotte, which fell in Cleveland on Sunday and Toronto on Tuesday, had dropped a game behind Boston and Miami for fourth place and needed a win to renew its hopes of getting home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Walker scored 13 points in the first quarter - more than he had in the entire game a night earlier - and Jefferson helped Charlotte break it open by scoring 10 points in the first 4 minutes of the fourth quarter.

Derrick Williams had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who lost for the fifth time in six games. Carmelo Anthony returned from a game off to rest and scored 15 points. >> Read more

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) waits for play to resume against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) waits for play to resume against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron)

The Knicks have dropped four of their last five, averaging just 90.0 points in those defeats. They shot 34.4 percent from the floor and 7 for 25 from 3-point range in losing 92-87 to Indiana on Sunday. However, that performance came while resting Carmelo Anthony and without Kristaps Porzingis, who is sidelined with a sore right shoulder.

New York will have Anthony back.

"I'm good to go. I'll play the rest of this week," said Anthony, the team leader with 22.0 points per game.

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Brooklyn Nets interim head coach Tony Brown reacts against the New York Knicks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets interim head coach Tony Brown reacts against the New York Knicks during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Langston Galloway scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and the New York Knicks beat the Brooklyn Nets 105-91 on Friday night to split the season series with their city rival.

Derrick Williams had 16 points in place of injured starter Kristaps Porzingis as the Knicks avoided dropping the four-game series for the second straight season. Jerian Grant, also getting a start because of injury, finished with 14 points and Carmelo Anthony scored 13.

Porzingis has a strained right shoulder and Jose Calderon is out with a deep thigh bruise. It's unclear if either will play again this season.

Tags: Bojan Bogdanovic, Brook Lopez, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Williams, Jose Calderon, Kristaps Porzingis, Langston Galloway, Robin Lopez, Thaddeus Young
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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony shoots over Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony shoots over Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Langston Galloway scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and the New York Knicks beat the Brooklyn Nets 105-91 on Friday night to split the season series with their city rival.

Derrick Williams had 16 points in place of injured starter Kristaps Porzingis as the Knicks avoided dropping the four-game series for the second straight season. Jerian Grant, also getting a start because of injury, finished with 14 points and Carmelo Anthony scored 13.

Porzingis has a strained right shoulder and Jose Calderon is out with a deep thigh bruise. It's unclear if either will play again this season.

Tags: Bojan Bogdanovic, Brook Lopez, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Williams, Jose Calderon, Kristaps Porzingis, Langston Galloway, Robin Lopez, Thaddeus Young
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New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis will miss Friday's game against the Brooklyn Nets with a strained shoulder.

Porzingis, who also missed Wednesday's game against the Dallas Mavericks, underwent an MRI on Friday, which revealed the strain. He is considered day-to-day, according to ESPN New York's Ian Begley.

Derrick Williams will start in place of Porzingis on Friday.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) argues a call with referee Justin Van Duyne (64) as Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews (23) looks on during the second half at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) argues a call with referee Justin Van Duyne (64) as Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews (23) looks on during the second half at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron)

On Wednesday night, the Knicks lost to an ever playoff hungry team in the Mavericks. While the defeat itself shouldn't be surprising (given that such desire is not shared by New York at this point in the year), but the nature of it sure is.

The Knicks not only looked inferior, but also disorganized. There's clearly no heart in this team, and as such, teammates are not playing together. They're not only getting agitated by themselves, but each other as well, and it shows. There's growing tension amongst them, and it shows. 

It's difficult to gauge how such a team would compete, if led by a competent coaching staff. Still, Phil Jackson has to assess the team as it is now; it's clear certain players are giving up, and that may influence his decision to (or not to) bring them back as the team regroups for next season.

Tags: Aaron Afflalo, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Williams, Langston Galloway, Keith Schlosser
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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

J.J. Barea scored 26 points and made the go-ahead layup with 49.9 seconds left as the Dallas Mavericks rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the New York Knicks 91-89 on Wednesday night.

The Mavericks tied the Houston Rockets for eighth place in the Western Conference.

Barea's basket put Dallas ahead 90-89 after the Mavericks trailed by seven points with 8 minutes left.

Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points for New York and Derrick Williams added 15 in his third start of the season with Kristaps Porzingis out with a shoulder injury. >> Read more

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and forward Carmelo Anthony (7) laugh on the court during second half time out against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks won 106-94. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and forward Carmelo Anthony (7) laugh on the court during second half time out against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks won 106-94. (Noah K. Murray)

As surprising as it was to see the Knicks take down the Bulls on Wednesday, they followed up such a win with yet another impressive victory against their old '90s rival on Thursday night as well. 

Though Chicago was without Pau Gasol as they made their way to The Garden, it was still a very positive victory for the Knicks. It's been very difficult for this team to develop continuity all season long. Achieving rare back-to-back wins, the team looked very strong, and maintained the intensity from start to finish so that they could build an attack that proved to be most powerful when it mattered the most.

Here are some observations from the game.

Tags: Aaron Afflalo, Derrick Williams, Jose Calderon, Kristaps Porzingis, Keith Schlosser
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 (Jennifer Stewart)
(Jennifer Stewart)

Sasha Vujacic scored a season-high 23 points in a rare start, Carmelo Anthony also had 23 and the New York Knicks beat the Phoenix Suns 128-97 on Wednesday night.

Vujacic was 7 of 8 from the field and tied a career high by going 6 of 7 from 3-point range. He made his first start since last November and had not played in two of the Knicks' last three games.

The Knicks hit a season-high 16 3s. Derrick Williams scored 18 points and Jose Calderon added 10 points and 12 assists as New York won for the second time in six games. >> Read more

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Williams, Jose Calderon, Sasha Vujacic

 (Mark L. Baer)
(Mark L. Baer)

Following an arguably unexpected dismal season, the Knicks are gearing up to make major improvements this coming summer. As the New York Post alludes to, using the Stretch provision on Jose Calderon would give them extra cap space.

Ridding themselves of Calderon would allow the Knicks to benefit if things go in their favor. They'd have more flexibility to chase the pipedream that is acquiring a superstar like Kevin Durant or even LeBron James.

Of course, much of their oh so desired cap room will also depend on whether the likes of Arron Afflalo and Derrick Williams exercise their player options for next season.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson dribbles past Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic during the second half at Barclays Center. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson dribbles past Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic during the second half at Barclays Center. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)

The Brooklyn Nets face the New York Knicks on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Barclays Center.

According to STATS:

  • The Knicks and Nets have split their two meetings so far in 2015-16. Brooklyn has now won its last three home games in this series; that is its longest home win streak versus the Knicks since taking seven straight, March 9, 2001-April 2, 2004.
  • The Knicks have lost 10 of their last 11 games. Including a 111-108 defeat to the Wizards in interim head coach Kurt Rambis' debut.
  • Brooklyn's offense has shown a big improvement so far this month; after averaging 92.1 points per game and shooting 33.7 percent from behind the arc in January, the Nets have upped those numbers to 103.5 PPG and 46.3 percent, respectfully, in February.
  • Kristaps Porzingis' 105 blocked shots are the most by any Knicks' rookie prior to the All-Star Break since at least the 1985-86 season. Porzingis has 11 blocks over his last three games.
  • Derrick Williams had 31 points in the Knicks' loss at Brooklyn on January 13, tying his career high for points in a game. But he has struggled to put the ball in the basket of late, scoring no more than six points in any of his last five contests.
  • Joe Johnson failed to score a single point in the Nets' final game prior to the All-Star Break. That snapped his streak of 937 consecutive games with 1+ point, which had been the second-longest active streak in the NBA (LeBron James, 963), and had dated back to December 6, 2003.
Tags: Derrick Williams, Joe Johnson, Kristaps Porzingis

New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots over Washington Wizards defense during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots over Washington Wizards defense during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Knicks face the Brooklyn Nets on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Barclays Center.

According to STATS:

  • The Knicks and Nets have split their two meetings so far in 2015-16. Brooklyn has now won its last three home games in this series; that is its longest home win streak versus the Knicks since taking seven straight, March 9, 2001-April 2, 2004.
  • The Knicks have lost 10 of their last 11 games. Including a 111-108 defeat to the Wizards in interim head coach Kurt Rambis' debut.
  • Brooklyn's offense has shown a big improvement so far this month; after averaging 92.1 points per game and shooting 33.7 percent from behind the arc in January, the Nets have upped those numbers to 103.5 PPG and 46.3 percent, respectfully, in February.
  • Kristaps Porzingis' 105 blocked shots are the most by any Knicks' rookie prior to the All-Star Break since at least the 1985-86 season. Porzingis has 11 blocks over his last three games.
  • Derrick Williams had 31 points in the Knicks' loss at Brooklyn on January 13, tying his career high for points in a game. But he has struggled to put the ball in the basket of late, scoring no more than six points in any of his last five contests.
  • Joe Johnson failed to score a single point in the Nets' final game prior to the All-Star Break. That snapped his streak of 937 consecutive games with 1+ point, which had been the second-longest active streak in the NBA (LeBron James, 963), and had dated back to December 6, 2003.
Tags: Derrick Williams, Joe Johnson, Kristaps Porzingis

New York Knicks guard Arron Afflalo (4) drives against Phoenix Suns forward T.J. Warren (12) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Knicks guard Arron Afflalo (4) drives against Phoenix Suns forward T.J. Warren (12) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Regardless of what they happen to achieve this season, it's important that the Knicks are able to recognize what is going right and carry it over with them to next season as they continue to build.

Despite some inconsistencies, both Arron Afflalo and Derrick Williams continue to do positive things. Each one has endeared themselves to New York, so much so, to be considered a part of the team's "core," meaning the Knicks hope they both opt in to their player options for next season (New York Post, February 3).

Retaining Afflalo and Williams' services would obviously be a smart basketball decision, but it would immediately eat into much of the expected cap space the Knicks could potentially have this coming summer.

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New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher (centre) prepares to draw up a play with assistant coaches Jim Cleamons (right) and Rasheed Hazzard durng a time out against Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. (Dan Hamilton)
New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher (centre) prepares to draw up a play with assistant coaches Jim Cleamons (right) and Rasheed Hazzard durng a time out against Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. (Dan Hamilton)

Without the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Jose Calderon, one might expect the Knicks to get blown out by a Raptors team led by two NBA all-stars on the road. 

But surprisingly enough, New York was able to hang tough throughout much of the contest. Much like their matchup with the Thunder earlier in the week, the Knicks received scrappy and gritty efforts from a number of players. Robin Lopez and Kyle O'Quinn manned the paint to the best of their abilities, but Raptors big man Jonas Valanciunas was a beast on the offensive boards and fought hard to create massive second-chance scoring opportunities for his team. 

Given the weapons they had in available in their arsenal, it's impressive how close the Knicks remained, even closing the gap further at times with mini runs here and there. But in the end, they lacked the killer instinct to really attempt and get Toronto up against the wall. Players didn't seem to believe in themselves. No one or two players were confident enough to lead the charge and attack the opponent when they were teetering towards losing the lead. Gaining such a mentality comes with time together and added maturity as a team, regardless of whether or not the stars are suiting up. Just ask the Spurs.

Tags: Derrick Williams, Jerian Grant, Kyle O'Quinn, Langston Galloway, Robin Lopez, Sasha Vujacic, Keith Schlosser
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 (Sam Sharpe)
(Sam Sharpe)

The Knicks host the Thunder tonight at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Knicks have won each of their last two meetings with the Thunder. New York had not won consecutive games over the Thunder franchise since a three-game streak from December 6, 2005 -- January 5, 2007.
  • The Thunder have scored 100+ points in each of their last 10 road games, the longest active streak in the NBA. It is the longest streak for the franchise since another 10-game run from January 3 -- February 5, 1995.
  • Carmelo Anthony had 25 points in the win over the Thunder on November 20. Anthony has 19 career 25-point games against the Thunder franchise, trailing only Kobe Bryant (21) and Dirk Nowitzki (20) for the most since his rookie season of 2003-04.
  • In six career games at Madison Square Garden, Kevin Durant has averaged 29.7 points per game on 47.5 percent shooting from the floor and 35.7 percent from three. Among active players with at least six games at MSG, only Kobe Bryant (29.9) has a higher career scoring average.
  • Derrick Williams had 19 points to go along with a season-high 14 rebounds in the loss at Charlotte on Saturday. The 14 rebounds were the most by a Knick off the bench since Quincy Acy also had 14 on January 5, 2015.
  • Russell Westbrook extended his career-long streak with at least seven assists to 21 games in Sunday's loss at Brooklyn. It is the longest such streak by any player since John Wall went 32 straight games from November 12, 2014 -- January 14, 2015.
Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Williams

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and Arron Afflalo (4) high-five against the Utah Jazz during the second half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and Arron Afflalo (4) high-five against the Utah Jazz during the second half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive

Coming into last offseason, the biggest objective for the Knicks was to provide Carmelo Anthony with the support he needed and deserved. The star forward took a leap of faith by re-signing with New York and trusting Phil Jackson the previous summer. It was time for the Knicks' president to come through on his end of the bargain.

With a wealth of cap space, the team's biggest pull was Arron Afflalo and Robin Lopez, in addition to drafting Kristaps Porzingis and (trading for) Jerian Grant. Clearly, Jackson didn't help the Knicks make quite the splash many expected them to, but it's worked out, nonetheless. 

Tags: Aaron Afflalo, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Williams, Kristaps Porzingis, Robin Lopez, Keith Schlosser, Tim Reilly
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Knicks head coach Derek Fisher and forward Carmelo Anthony give the keys to the Knicks outlasting the Utah Jazz, 118-111, in overtime.

Carmelo Anthony had 30 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, leading the New York Knicks to a 118-111 overtime victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.

Robin Lopez added 22 points and 12 rebounds for New York, which trailed by as many as 12 in the second half and by eight entering the fourth quarter.Derrick Williams scored 18 points, and rookie Kristaps Porzingis had 16.

Rodney Hood led Utah with 29 points, and Gordon Hayward finished with 27.

The Jazz trailed 99-96 after Porzingis made two free throws with 9.9 seconds left in regulation. But Porzingis committed his sixth foul on Hayward's 3-point attempt with 2.4 seconds to go, and the Utah forward hit all three free throws. >> Read more

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Williams, Kristaps Porzingis, Robin Lopez

 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Winning any contest in the absence of a star player is a difficult task for any team. But on Wednesday night, the Knicks put forth a relatively steady effort for 36 minutes. Unfortunately, they couldn't close.

Despite falling behind in the first quarter in Brooklyn, the Knicks kept themselves afloat by staying close, and then going in attack mode after that.

Led by Derrick Williams' season-high 31 points in Carmelo Anthony's absence, the Knicks' offense was admittedly strong in small spurts, rather than a consistent effort from all throughout. But a strong effort on the boards (they out-rebounded the Nets with four players grabbing 7 or more) helped them cash in on the easy buckets.

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Nets center Brook Lopez and coach Tony Brown and Knicks forward Derrick Williams and coach Derek Fisher discuss Brooklyn's win Wednesday.

NEW YORK (AP) Brook Lopez scored 20 points, Thaddeus Young had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets ended their 10-game home losing streak with a 110-104 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

The Nets also ended a five-game overall skid with their first victory under interim coach Tony Brown, who took over when coach Lionel Hollins was fired and general manager Billy King was reassigned on Sunday.

Joe Johnson made two key jumpers in the final 2 minutes and finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Nets in their first home victory since beating Philadelphia on Dec. 10.

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New York Knicks center Robin Lopez (8) shoots the ball as San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) defends during the second half at AT&T Center. (Soobum Im)
New York Knicks center Robin Lopez (8) shoots the ball as San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) defends during the second half at AT&T Center. (Soobum Im)

The New York Knicks haven't owned a winning record in almost two months. Getting there might require overcoming Carmelo Anthony's absence.

While Anthony's status is unknown, the Knicks look to continue their surge and send the Brooklyn Nets to an 11th straight home loss Wednesday night.

New York (20-20) has followed a four-game slide by winning six of eight. The Knicks have a chance to move above .500 for the first time since they were 8-7 following a loss at Miami on Nov. 23.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Williams, Kristaps Porzingis
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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

As the Knicks have continued to develop more of a positive rhythm, Carmelo Anthony has gotten offensive help from his supporting cast, most notably Arron Afflalo and Robin Lopez. But Derrick Williams is beginning to emerge as well.

The three players above were part of the Knicks' mini spending spree this summer, with Williams signing a two year deal worth $10 million.

A former No. 2 overall pick back in 2011, Williams has underwhelmed throughout his career in comparison to his other high selection counterparts. Nevertheless, his signing is paying very early dividends for the Knicks.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and head coach Derek Fisher during overtime against the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden. Toronto Raptors won 95-90 in overtime. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and head coach Derek Fisher during overtime against the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden. Toronto Raptors won 95-90 in overtime. (Anthony Gruppuso)

New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher and forward Carmelo Anthony spoke with the media regarding the Cleanthony Early shooting incident that occurred on Wednesday morning.

Early was shot in his right kneecap outside a strip club in Queens before being robbed of his jewelry and possessions. His injuries aren't believed to be life threatening and is in stable condition at Elmhurst Hospital (Dec. 30).

Fisher felt it was too soon to elaborate on what his players should be doing off the court.

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Detroit Pistons power forward Ersan Ilyasova shoots the ball as New York Knicks center Robin Lopez defends during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USATSI)
Detroit Pistons power forward Ersan Ilyasova shoots the ball as New York Knicks center Robin Lopez defends during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USATSI)

In an unusual night for the Knicks, both Robin Lopez and Jose Calderon performed exceptionally well against Detroit on Tuesday. Ironically enough, such success only proves just how elevated New York's play would be if it received consistent contributions at these given positions on a nightly basis. The duo was a major key in a decisive 108-96 victory.

Lopez played great defense on Andre Drummond, who, en route to becoming one of the Eastern Conference's top front-court players, is even beating Carmelo Anthony in All-Star votes. Nevertheless, Lopez limited space for Drummond inside, boxed out and played him rather physically. As a result, the Pistons' center shot poorly and failed to pull down boards. His numbers were well off his MVP candidate averages.

While Lopez anchored the defense, Calderon ran the floor like a pro. The Knicks were moving the ball well and players were constantly in motion without it. Calderon pushed the pace and ran the pick and roll nicely, resulting in a 54 percent shooting night for his squad. Needless to say, this victory came easier than expected. Here are some other observations from the win.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Williams, Detroit Pistons, Jose Calderon, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Robin Lopez, Keith Schlosser
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

NEW YORK (AP) Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points and Derrick Williams added 18 to lead six Knicks in double figures as New York snapped a four-game losing streak with a 108-96 win over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

Jose Calderon added 15 points, Kyle O'Quinn had 12, Robin Lopez scored 11, and Kristaps Porzingis finished with 10.

Ersan Ilyasova led the Pistons with 19 points. Marcus Morris and Reggie Jackson each had 17.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Williams, Jose Calderon, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle O'Quinn, Robin Lopez
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Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) guards New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the first half at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara)
Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) guards New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the first half at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara)

The Knicks suffered their fourth straight loss on Sunday night, falling to the Celtics. The nature of such a defeat is becoming all too familiar for New York, as team intensity continues to waver as the players perform lethargically. 

Though the team started last season going 5-36, this 14-18 squad doesn't look much different right about now. How does a squad with so many personnel changes look so similar? In this case, the coach is the culprit. On Saturday night against Atlanta, Coach Derek Fisher messed with the team's rhythm early on, even as they were finding success. On Sunday in Boston, he instead fell asleep at the wheel, failing to make the substitutions necessary to ensure the Knicks met the Celtics' level of intensity.

Despite being led by the ever pesky Isaiah Thomas on the offensive end, defensively is where Boston shined. Paced by the likes of Jae Crowder and Amir Johnson, the hometown team's physical brand of defense overwhelmed the Knicks. Spacing was limited as ample ball pressure was applied. Jose Calderon struggled on Thomas, but Langston Galloway quietly did a decent job, at least through three quarters. The Knicks could have overcome his late game heroics, if the rhythm Carmelo Anthony and Co. seemed to find in the third quarter (they outscored the Celtics 26-23) lasted all game long. Building a consistent effort seems to be a difficult thing to do right now. Here are more observations from the loss:

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Boston Celtics, Derrick Williams, Jose Calderon, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Langston Galloway, Keith Schlosser
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Knicks forward Derrick Williams (23) scores past 76ers guard Kendall Marshall (5) during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Knicks forward Derrick Williams (23) scores past 76ers guard Kendall Marshall (5) during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

NEW YORK -- Following the Knicks 107-99 loss to the Orlando Magic on Monday, Derrick Williams didn't want to talk about the heist of $750,000 worth of his jewelry by two women he reportedly brought home Saturday night from a club in the Meatpacking District.

"I'm not going to answer any questions about that, just no comment," said Williams, the former No. 2 draft pick out of Arizona.

According to the New York Post, Williams and a group of friends brought the women back to his Tribeca apartment following Saturday's win over the 76ers. The women reportedly went through a Louis Vuitton jewelry case holding three quarters of a millions dollars in jewelry. Williams, 24, didn't notice that the bling was gone until the next day.

Asked if it was a distraction for him while the police investigate, Williams added, "I'm just not going to answer any questions about it."

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New York Knicks guard Arron Afflalo shoots during the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher/USATSI)
New York Knicks guard Arron Afflalo shoots during the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher/USATSI)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Arron Afflalo had 22 points and seven rebounds, Derrick Williams scored 17 off the bench and the New York Knicks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 107-97 Friday night for their third win in a row.

Jahlil Okafor scored 20 points for the Sixers in their ninth straight loss. They fell to 1-27.

Kristaps Porzingis added eight points, four rebounds and three blocks for the Knicks in his first matchup against Okafor, a fellow top rookie. Okafor missed Philadelphia's first meeting vs. New York on Dec. 2 because of a suspension. >> Read more...

Tags: Aaron Afflalo, Derrick Williams, Kristaps Porzingis

New York Knicks center Robin Lopez (8) looks to make a pass with Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) (Gregory Fisher)
New York Knicks center Robin Lopez (8) looks to make a pass with Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) (Gregory Fisher)

Just 19 games removed from signing a $54 million contract this offseason, Robin Lopez has continued to underwhelm during his first campaign with the Knicks. His productivity has been low and he's often failed to make an impact playing alongside the team's other starters.

Players like Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, and Arron Afflalo have little trouble creating their own offense, and in turn, their own spacing in order to get higher-percentage shots off. Lopez's ability to set screens and move well off the ball isn't necessary for these other more prominent players to find success on the offensive end.

But the utilization of Lopez's secondary skills has been helpful when playing with the reserves. After starting against the 76ers on Wednesday, Lopez went on to primarily play with the team's second unit. His presence helped as his teammates got cooking. Four reserves scored eight points or more in 22 minutes or less, and Lopez boasted a team-high plus/minus of +14.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Williams, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Robin Lopez
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New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis drives the ball against Houston Rockets power forward Terrence Jones. (Gregory Fisher)
New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis drives the ball against Houston Rockets power forward Terrence Jones. (Gregory Fisher)

No Carmelo Anthony proved to be no problem for the Knicks on Sunday night. Taking on the Rockets as their star sat out with an illness, New York shot an impressive 58 percent from the field and saw five players score in double-figures. Four players dished out 4 assists. The ball movement was there, and so was the efficiency. Stepping up for Anthony, Arron Afflalo was assertive, attacking the basket and knocking down a plethora of jumpers from the corners en route to scoring 31 points. Kristaps Porzingis wasn't far behind with 20, but he was even more impressive as he crashed the boards and manned the paint. He gave the Knicks a very strong interior presence against the likes of Dwight Howard and Clint Capela.

Their offensive effort helped the Knicks jump out to a commanding lead, but their defensive effort wasn't bad, either. New York held James Harden, the league's second-leading scoring, to just 36 percent from the field. They made him work for his points, and kept him at bay pretty much until he finally began to persevere with the game on the line.

Alas, much of this would make it sound like New York went home with a victory. But this wasn't the case. The game came down to a few last minute poor decisions down the stretch, including some missed timeout opportunities, poorly run plays, and an inability to keep up the same type of effort from start to finish. Here's a look at some more observations from the game.

Tags: Aaron Afflalo, Derrick Williams, Houston Rockets, Kevin Seraphin, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Langston Galloway, Keith Schlosser
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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony moves the ball during the third quarter against the Miami Heat. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony moves the ball during the third quarter against the Miami Heat. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

NEW YORK -- Less than a week ago, the Knicks were 8-6 and riding high after going into Oklahoma City and Houston and coming away with wins.

That seems like ancient history now after New York dropped its third straight game, falling to the Miami Heat, 97-78, at Madison Square Garden.

On Sunday, the 8-9 Knicks will face a Rockets team that they beat last Saturday. The Rockets needed 50 points from James Harden on Friday night to keep the Sixers winless with a 116-114 victory in Houston.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Williams, Kevin Seraphin, Adam Zagoria
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