The misery continues for the New York Knicks.
Despite star big man Anthony Davis going down with a fractured hand (per the New Orleans Pelicans' twitter account) in the first quarter, the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Knicks 103-99, sending New York to is ninth straight loss on Sunday night.
The Pelicans got an incredible effort from Ryan Anderson, who drilled seven threes and scored 31 points off 11-of-21 shooting.
New Orleans shot 10-of-21 from beyond the arc as a team and shot 49 percent overall.
For the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points, but he was never able to get into any kind of rhythm. He shot 9-of-21 from the floor and went only 1-of-7 from distance.
New York also turned the ball over 17 times.
Let's analyze the keys to the game.
Ryan Anderson Was Left Open Far Too Often
I'm not sure what the Knicks were thinking, but they left one of the best shooters in the NBA far too much space to drain his seven threes.
Kenyon Martin was the culprit multiple times, but he wasn't the only one. Numerous times, New York players helped off of Anderson, leaving him wide open from long range. The forward made them pay, going 7-of-11 from downtown.
Maybe the Knicks should read a scouting report or something before the game.
New Orleans Got Tons of Dribble Penetration
With no Tyson Chandler on the floor, New York's defense is very vulnerable to guards who can get to the rim.
Tyreke Evans exploited that weakness on Sunday night, getting into the lane at will and scoring 24 points off 8-of-13 shooting. Eric Gordon only had 10 points, but he had a huge drive to the basket late in the game that put the Pelicans up six with under a minute to go.
Andrea Bargnani did have six blocks, but just about all of those came in one-on-one defense in the post. He once again failed to provide adequate help defense for the Knicks, and he was also beaten on switches several times.
Al-Farouq Aminu Shut Down Melo
I don't know why it took Monty Williams so long to insert Al-Farouq Aminu into the game, but as soon as he did, Anthony was taken out of it.
Aminu is big enough and long enough to sufficiently challenge Melo in the post and on the perimeter, poking the basketball away from him a couple of times and making it exceedingly difficult for him to get the ball cleanly.
The complexion of the game changed when Aminu entered in the second half. Anthony, who had been playing well, was suddenly rendered ineffective, and the Pelicans took advantage.
The Knicks had 17 turnovers overall, and they committed three straight turnovers late in the fourth quarter that essentially sealed their fate.
It wasn't even like they were trying to force the issue, either. It was just sloppy ball-handling and careless passes that led to a couple of three-point plays for the Pelicans on the other end.
New York certainly could have won this contest, but late-game miscues doomed them.
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