New York Knicks end West Coast road trip with embarrassing loss to Nuggets (Highlights)
Dec 17, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler (21) guards New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) in the first quarter at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks finished their five-gave road trip with a devastating loss to the Nuggets and dropped to 2-3 on the West Coast swing.

  • Denver Nuggets 127 (11-16)
  • New York Knicks 114 (14-13)
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  • Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

The New York Knicks embarrassed themselves in the finale of their five-game Western Conference road trip against the Denver Nuggets.

Things were looking up when the team announced shortly before the game that Carmelo Anthony would play. Despite the absence of Derrick Rose, there was reason to believe that this game was winnable.

After all the Nuggets came into Saturday’s game just 10-16 with a record of 4-7 at home.

Well, Melo played well. Unfortunately, hardly anyone else did.

Kristaps Porzingis (7-19, 1-6 3P, 16 PTS) had another poor shooting performance and Brandon Jennings struggled to defend his younger and stronger counterpart Emmanuel Mudiay.

Mudiay went off for 22 points on 10-15 shooting.

As a team, Denver shot 55.6 percent for the game due to their dominance in the paint. They outscored the Knicks in the painted area 68-32. That’s just terrible preparation.

Denver is fifth in the league in points in the paint and the Knicks are 27th in opponents points in the paint. They should’ve seen that attack coming. Part of the blame for those 68 points is on defensive guru Kurt Rambis. He didn’t have his team prepared.

Although Willy Hernangomez and his brother never actually shared the court at the same time, Willy put on a show for his family back home in Madrid.

The Knicks will try to get back in the win column when they return home to host the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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.