Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks just can't catch a break.
Having posted a 20-32 record prior to the All-Star break and only won a single game in four attempts after, the Dallas Mavericks rolled into town and piled on yet more misery for New York. No thanks to Dirk Nowitzki's high arching jumper getting a fortunate bounce and rolling in at the buzzer.
"It's probably the ugliest game winner I ever shot," said the Mavs bigman.
"Basically it hit the board, every part of the rim, hit Jerry West over there (the logo on the backboard), came back over. It was definitely an ugly, ugly shot.”
That about sums up the Knicks luck right now having lost even more ground on the idle Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Bobcats for the seventh and eighth spots in the dismal Eastern Conference.
After the game, Anthony - who was guarding Dirk on the final play - described the loss as deflating because it now puts them six games out of a playoff spot.
“Ah man, it’s like a needle in the balloon there. It sucks all the air out of you,” he said.
"There’s really nothing that I can say at that moment.
“This was a tough one. We fought. We gave all our effort, man. I thought in the second half we did a much better job than we did in the first half. We did everything besides win the basketball game.”
Carmelo was clearly feeling it from 3 point land, shooting 7-12 from deep on his way to 44 points. This was the third time in four games he had scored 40+ yet the team wasn't able to capitalise on it, winning just one of the games and it's taking a toll on him.
“It is tough. You score 40, 44, 44, 44, and all losses. You kind of ask yourself, ‘Is it worth it?’ ” Anthony said.
“I’m not going to stop what I’m doing. So you believe that.
“But we’re losing. Scoring all of that and taking L’s — I’ll take the W with 10 points.”
Unfortunately for New York, it doesn't get any easier because next up is a trip to South Florida to face NBA Champion Miami Heat on Thursday, then back at the Madison Square Garden the following night for a match-up against the Golden State Warriors and the "Splash Brothers."
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