The Knicks did not utilize their customary ball movement as the ball stuck to Raymond Felton's hand in a loss to Chicago last night. Without Carmelo Anthony, other players needed to step up. But a more balanced distribution of shots would have served the team better.
Felton took 30 shots and made only 9 of them for 27 points. The rest of the starters only took 24 shots combined. J.R. Smith wen 4 for 14 for 15 points, but had 5 turnovers. Felton and Smith took a combined 44 shots. The rest of the team shot only 40 times from the field. Together Smith and Felton were 13 for 44 (29.5%) and were 3 for 11 from the three point range.
The Knicks were 8 for 23 from beyond the arc and had 14 assists and 15 turnovers. The Knicks did force 19 turnovers. But only three players scored in double figures. Tyson Chandler was one with 14 points and 18 rebounds
The Knicks got off to a quick 6-0 lead. But that would be their largest lead throughout the game. The Bulls erased the lead immediately. Chicago led by a maximum of 7 as it was a close game throughout. But the Bulls executed better late and extended the lead to 8 by the end.
The Knicks lost 93-85. New York is now 14-5. They're undefeated at home (7-0) and 7-5 on the road.