Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks suffered a truly embarrassing beating at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers Saturday night, thanks to abysmal shooting, zero effort on defense and a sloppy overall approach to the game.
The Sixers dominated the Knicks, 97-80.
New York fell behind early in Raymond Felton's first action since a broken right pinkie sidelined him on Christmas, and the point guard's return didn't get much better from there.
New York shot just 34.6 percent from the floor and was even worse from long distance, finishing with just four made threes in 27 attempts (14.8 percent). The biggest concern, though, was the Knicks' total lack of effort on defense and in transition.
Jrue Holiday scored a season-high 35 points, and his ability to get into the lane at will was the strongest indicator that the Knicks were either unwilling or unable to shut down the paint. The Sixers, who came into the game as the league's fifth-worst team in offensive efficiency, shot better than 50 percent from the floor and scored 36 points in the paint.
Carmelo Anthony tried his best to shoot his team out of trouble, but he missed all six of his three-point attempts, and his failure to keep the ball moving was a real problem for the Knicks offense. He finished with 25 points on 28 shots.
The Knicks laid a real egg against a Philadelphia club that had lost eight of its last 10 games. In other words, this loss was an abject failure for New York.
Rest assured, that won't be the last time we discuss failing as it pertains to the Knicks.