New York Knicks

Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks lost to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night as they faltered in the fourth quarter once again.

Milwaukee Bucks 99 (3-3)
New York Knicks 92 (2-4)
Full Game Box Score
Madison Square Garden

By Chip Murphy

For the third straight game, the fourth quarter turned out to be the downfall for the New York Knicks. Carmelo Anthony didn’t have a single point when his team needed him the most.

With key bench players Langston Galloway and Jerian Grant stepping up, the rest of the team disappeared. After remaining competitive throughout, Milwaukee pulled away at the end with a 99-92 victory.

Despite getting a good rest before entering the fourth quarter, Anthony looked gassed and played with little energy. He wasn’t the only guilty party however.

Despite multiple highlight reel plays earlier in the game Kristaps Porzingis didn’t show up in the fourth either. He had a good all around game though with 14 points and 13 rebounds. When you are expecting a 20-year old kid in his sixth career game to help carry you through the fourth quarter, maybe you aren’t as good as you think you are.

Adding more fuel to the fire tonight was the starting backcourt controversy. Once again, Jose Calderon (0 PTS, 5 AST in 16 MIN) and Sasha Vujacic (2 PTS in 27 MIN) were ineffective.

Galloway and Grant were both aggressive and made plays on both ends of the court. After the game, Derek Fisher made it sound like nothing is changing when he defended his veterans.

The Knicks slipped to 2-4 with the loss and have now lost three in a row. With the Los Angeles Lakers coming into the Garden on Sunday they are looking at a very winnable game.

But who knows? With Kobe at the Garden pretty much anything can happen.

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I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.