Amid Charles Oakley noise, New York Knicks collapse against Clippers (Highlights)
Feb 8, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) controls the ball against Los Angeles Clippers power forward Luc Mbah a Moute (12) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

After Charles Oakley was booted from MSG and arrested, the New York Knicks proceeded to crumble against the Los Angeles Clippers.

  • New York Knicks 115 (22-32)
  • Los Angeles Clippers 119 (32-21)
  • NBA, Final, Box Score
  • Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

For these New York Knicks, it doesn’t matter if a ghost of past great Knickerbocker teams makes a loud, extremely rude statement.

They’ll still choke the game away.

By now you’ve heard that ex-Knickerbocker Charles Oakley was in a fiery mode while watching from the Madison Square Garden stands. He was booted from the arena and arrested after he got into it with multiple security guards:

It simply didn’t matter. Despite scoring 95 points through three quarters, the Knicks choked up a 10-point fourth quarter lead and were outscored by 11 in that final frame, ultimately falling to the Los Angeles Clippers by the final of 119-115. 

Carmelo Anthony had a chance to tie the game with under 10 seconds to go, but rushed a top-of-the-arc three that hit back rim.

Speaking of Melo, he was one of three Knicks who finished with over 20 points (28 points in total on 10-20 from the floor). Kristaps Porzingis (27) and Derrick Rose (20) were the other two.

For the Clippers, Blake Griffin paved the way with 32 points while DeAndre Jordan was a menace down low (15 rebounds, two blocks) and Jamaal Crawford was a thorn in the side of the Knicks late in the game.

Now a full 10 games under .500, there isn’t one positive thing that could be said about this squad. Not even a feisty Charles Oakley could provide a spark.

Next up will be the Denver Nuggets at home for that cute little-themed show known as Friday Night Knicks.

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