New York Knicks waste another big game from Carmelo Anthony in blowout loss to Wizards (Highlights)
Jan 31, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots as Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris (5) defends during the second quarter at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks lost another game to the Washington Wizards despite a huge scoring effort from Carmelo Anthony. 

  • Washington Wizards 117 (28-20)
  • New York Knicks 101 (21-29)
  • NBA, Box Score, Final
  • Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.

Why does Carmelo Anthony want to be a member of the New York Knicks? They dropped their third game of four matchups with the Washington Wizards in 2016-17 on Tuesday night and bad defense ruined another one of his exceptional scoring performances.

With Derrick Rose (ankle) and Kristaps Porzingis (illness) both sitting out, Anthony dropped 26 points on 10 of 17 shooting. The other four starters had just 41 points combined.

Bad defense has become a familiar theme for New York. It continued tonight in Washington when they allowed the Wizards to shoot 55.7 percent from the field. The Wizards had 62 points in the paints, to the Knicks 44, and got huge nights from Bradley Beal (28 points, 12-18 FG) and Markieff Morris (24 points, 9-14 FG, 10 rebounds).

Key Player

Courtney Lee was just 2 of 10 from the field and posted only 5 points in 27 minutes. After the Sidney Lowe incident, he seemed poised for a big night.

Key Stat

The Knicks who aren’t named Carmelo Anthony combined to shoot 31.6 percent from the field on Tuesday night. That sums up the evening pretty well.

Up Next: The Knicks return to New York City for a “road” game against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night 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.