The night began with Knicks coach Mike Woodson finding hope in the fact that "mathematically we're still in the hunt'' to reach the postseason.
But after another lopsided loss, even the most optimistic Knicks fan would have a hard time finding something to feel good about these days.
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The Golden State Warriors put on an all-around stellar offensive display at Madison Square Garden Friday night, scoring 73 points by halftime en route to a 126-103 victory over the Knicks, whose losing streak grew to five straight and 11 of 13. They fell a season-worst 17 games under .500 at 21-38.
"When we lose games like tonight, it's embarrassing," Carmelo Anthony said. "These games are embarrassing."
As if the Knicks needed more bad news, Anthony said his shooting hand took "several" shots during the game, described it as "very sore" and thinks he might need to get tests done to see the extent of it. "We'll see what happens," he said.
Stephen Curry, who scored 54 points against the Knicks at the Garden last season, followed that up with a triple-double accomplished before the end of the third quarter. Curry finished with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in only 30:18 and Klay Thompson added 25 points.
Anthony had 23 points and 16 rebounds, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 22 points and J.R. Smith had 17 for the Knicks.
Tempers flared late in the game when Tyson Chandler took exception to something Warriors center Marreese Speights said to him and shoved him after a play had ended. Each player received a technical foul. Chandler went at it with Speights again two minutes later, fouling him hard and jawing with him, earning another technical and automatic ejection.
By then the game had effectively been decided and the Knicks were hearing scattered "Fire Woodson'' chants.
It was an inauspicious end to another Knicks loss in a month that's been filled with them. Contrast that with their upbeat January, when the Knicks went 10-6 and seemed to be putting themselves in position to make a run at the postseason. But now the idea of getting that far looks more unlikely by the day.
The Knicks trail the Hawks by six games for the final postseason spot and there are two teams in between them. Fourteen of the Knicks' final 23 games are on the road, too.
That's why Woodson acknowledged the importance of protecting their home court before the game and added optimistically, "It starts tonight.''
But once on the court, the Knicks lacked any urgency, especially on the defensive end, where they struggled to react to the Warriors' ball movement. Curry and Co. repeatedly made the extra pass that resulted in an open look at the basket, and they rarely missed.
The Warriors shot 56.3 percent from the field in the first half, including 8-for-12 shooting by Curry. They closed the half on a 15-4 run for a 73-52 lead, and the Garden crowd responded by serenading the Knicks with loud boos as they walked off.
"Somewhere along the line we need to draw the line and figure out if we are really committed as a team and are going to try to get in the playoffs," Woodson said. "We can't beg for help, man. We got to go out and win a game just to get this thing started."
But even the players know they lack the necessary urgency. When asked if the Knicks believe they can turn it around, Smith said, "We're not playing like it, that's for sure."