The Knicks??? first nationally televised game in years turned into a nationally televised humiliation ??? a 104-59 rout that served as a striking indictment of the Knicks??? resolve. They appeared to be playing near one another, as opposed to with one another. The scale of their defeat calls into question whether players are either turning on Thomas or perhaps on one another. They all dismissed the idea, but Thomas blasted his players for playing ???extremely selfish.???
With seconds to go, the Knicks had 56 points, 2 points shy of the franchise-record low score. They avoided that ignominy when Nate Robinson swished a 37-footer at the final buzzer. The 45-point defeat was the Knicks??? worst in nearly 27 years, since a 131-86 loss at Indiana on Feb. 20, 1980, and tied that game for the third worst loss in franchise history. The Celtics showed some mercy in the final minute, at one point dribbling out the 24-second clock.
–Excerpted from Howard Beck’s piece (”Knicks Are A Flop In Prime Time“) in The New York Times [Image via NYT]
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