Lou Williams scored 21 points off the bench and DeAndre Jordan had a 19-point, 20-rebound double-double as the Clippers blew out the Knicks at Staples Center on Friday night.
The Knicks led by three at halftime after outscoring Los Angeles by 10 points in the second quarter. However, they were blitzed in the third quarter en route to a 35-18 score which put the Clippers up by double digits the rest of the way.
With the loss, the Knicks have lost three straight games and have just one win in their last 12 games. Opponents have scored at least 121 points in each of New York's last three games.
While the Clippers shot 56.2 from the floor, the Knicks had some of their own offensive success. Five Knicks finished in double figures, including an 18-point, 14-rebound double-double from Enes Kanter. Tim Hardaway Jr. was second for the team with 17 points on 7-for-13 shooting.
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The curse of the third quarter continues to doom the Knicks. They entered halftime with a three point lead, but their score after the first half has become irrelevant. They come out lethargic night after night in the third quarter and it doesn't seem to be something that will change in this lost season. The Knicks have 19 games remaining and are now 24-39. They are all on their way to their fourth straight 50-loss season.
The Knicks defense was absolutely atrocious tonight. Once the lead got away from them, they looked like they gave up. This team just does not have anywhere enough talent to compete when the second half comes around. The Knicks clearly run out of gas and change their game every time the third quarter arrives. There isn't much to say positive about this team as it tries and gets closer and closer to ending this season and finishing with a top 10 pick. The one positive to take away is that Troy Williams, playing on a 10-day contract, has looked pretty good and could be a guy for the Knicks to keep next season to come off the bench. His 10-day contract is up tomorrow and you would figure the Knicks keep him for the final 19 games.
The Knicks play the second game of a four-game trip when they face the Sacramento Kings on Sunday at 9:00 p.m.