Feb 13, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith (8) attempts a shot over the defense of Toronto Raptors power forward Amir Johnson (15) and Toronto Raptors small forward Rudy Gay (22) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Melo Struggles As Knicks Fall To Raptors

It’s a good thing the All-Star break is here for the Knicks–the team enters the break on a bad note, losing three of their last four games. And the way the New York Knicks played tonight, they sure look like they need the rest.

They played an ugly game against the Toronto Raptors and lost, 92-88. Nothing went right for New York, shooting for a low 35 percent from the field; their star Carmelo Anthony even had an off night, shooting 5-of-24 for only 12 points. And again, their perimeter defense was horrendous.

The Knicks (32-18) are still in good position being in first place in the Atlantic Division and second in the Eastern Conference, but they have to snap out of their funk. The Knicks, who for the first time since the 1996-97 season have had over 30 wins entering the break, have played some disappointing ball the past few games.

New York couldn’t hold on to a double-digit lead at home against a subpar Toronto team with a below .500 record. The entire team looked uninterested and ready to pack it in for the break. Anthony looked like he didn’t want to be there, moving around slowly, and clearly frustrated.

Raymond Felton was sloppy tonight. He finished with 16 points, shooting 3-of-9, and also had four turnovers. Amar’e Stoudemire also contributed to an awful shooting night, finishing 4-of-13 from the field for 10 points.

With a tough schedule ahead of them, the Knicks need to wake up and get ready for the last half of the season and the playoffs.

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