Harangody, Samuels and Hickson combined for 56 points and every time you looked up someone was knocking down a three pointer. Some were contested, most were pretty much wide open. When you get to that point it's incredibly frustrating to watch players take uncontested shots. There needs to be a shred more effort in a close out that takes the shot away and makes the offensive player go to the basket.
Stars get paid to win these games. What Melo and Amar'e have to learn now that the "Knicks are back" is that teams like the Cavs and players like Harangody and Samuels treat trips to the Garden as showcases. The Rangers deal with it all the time. Teams who play in sleepy NHL arenas get up to play at MSG so if you aren't you get exposed.
The biggest individual play for me last night was, ironically, an individual play. Carmelo started his drive to the basket off an isolation set but failed to see the help coming resulting in a charge call that negated a made shot late in the 4th quarter. That's why I like posting Melo on the block or elbow so he can take his time and not be forced to attack the rim with too many dribbles. That's one of the few flaws in his offensive games. It leads to turnovers.
Shawne Williams is clearly hitting a wall offensively as well. Despite shooting 1-7, to his credit, he was one the few Knicks who committed to the defensive end with 4 blocks. But he's just 4-17 in his last 5 games from 3 point range. He was providing the Knicks a huge boost by proficiently knocking down corner threes. In 4 of those 5 games, he hasn't made one 3-point field goal and is shooting just 38% from the field.
J.J. Hickson was +15 while the combination of Stoudemire and Anthony, despite scoring a combined 70 points, were -18.
Again, stars get paid to win games like this and neither did enough on the defensive end to make that happen.