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Knicks fall to Spurs as LI's Danny Green scores 24 Live

J.R. Smith looks on during the second half of a game against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. (Nov. 10, 2013)  
by Casey Musarra


Mike Woodson unfolded his arms more than a few times during Sunday’s game only to put his hands on his head in disbelief or disgust.

The Knicks fans who paid to attend this game felt the same watching arguably this team’s worst performance under Woodson and easily their poorest at the Garden with him on the sidelines.

The Spurs handed the Knicks their third straight home loss, a demoralizing 120-89 thumping that drew several choruses of boos, some chants of “Fire Woodson,” and had many of the fans heading to the exits early. Woodson could suffer a similar fate if the Knicks continue their uninspired play, especially at home.

“This city and this organization is not known for being patient,” Carmelo Anthony said. “But right now we have to figure it out. There’s no panic button being pushed right now. We have to figure it out.

When asked about the fans’ chants, Woodson said he has other things on his mind.

“I don’t worry about things like that,” he said. “I got a team to coach.

The Knicks trailed by as many as 37 points to the defending Western Conference champs. If that wasn’t alarming enough, Woodson was disappointed the Knicks didn’t show any pride.

“Not at all,” he said. “It’s something that will be addressed. It’s just unacceptable. It’s my job to push them through it and try to get them over the hump. I know we’re a better team than what we’ve shown.

“We didn’t compete. That’s just unacceptable.

The Knicks looked lifeless and ill-prepared early and were out of sync all game. J.R. Smith’s season debut after a five-game suspension for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy did little to help. He was predictably rusty, but the teammates who had been playing all season were too.

The Knicks shot 37.8 percent from the field and fell to 2-4. Last season, the Knicks dropped their fourth game on Nov. 26 and their third home defeat didn’t come until Jan. 1.

“It was embarrassing for us to come here on our home court and lose a game like this,” Anthony said. “We didn’t compete.

Anthony and Andrea Bargnani each scored 16 points for the Knicks. Bargnani, the Knicks’ starting center, grabbed one rebound. Smith missed his first six shots and finished 1-for-9 with five points and four turnovers in 21 minutes. Smith forced several shots and threw up a couple of air balls.

North Babylon’s Danny Green led the Spurs (6-1) with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Green shot 8-for-11, including 6-for-9 from three. Kawhi Leonard added 18 and Tony Parker 17.

The Knicks won both games against the Spurs last season, but this is a different year and a different team.

For the third straight home game, the Knicks trailed by double digits in the first half. The Spurs scored the game’s first 10 points. The only time the Knicks cut it to single digits was on their next trip. They were down by at least 10 points the last 44:12 of the game.

“I’m surprised,” Anthony said. “I’m surprised that we haven’t been coming out on our home court taking care of business on our home court. But I keep saying it, we will figure it out. I believe that.

The Knicks ended the first half hitting seven of their last eight shot. Yet they were still down 61-45.

Their woes continued in the third as they started 0-for-4 and missed six layups or tip-ins in the quarter. The Knicks scored just 15 points, while Green had 13 in the third quarter.

“We’ve just got to stay together,” Smith said. “We can’t get down on one another, we can’t point fingers. It’s too early in the season for that. Fortunately all we have is time and time is on our side right now.


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