Knicks drop fifth game in a row

The New York Knicks Center Brook Lopez brought his team into a 97-95 lead with a dunk.  The Boston Celtics Anthony Tolliver answered the score with a three-pointer.  The Knicks Lopez responded with a layup.  Tolliver again answered the call and swished another three pointer at which point the Knicks never regained the lead.

“I knew that obviously I hadn’t really touched the ball much,” Tolliver said. “At the end of the day, it’s about the big shots, and I took one and made one.”

“There’s no explanation for that,” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said. “Our guys just didn’t come to play in the first half, and we dug ourselves the kind of hole where everything has to go right for you to have a chance.”

The Knicks must get back to work tonight as they face the Memphis Grizzlies tonight at Madison Square Garden.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today and help cheer on your New York Knicks.

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Knicks Beat Nets in Preseason Opener

Renaldo Balkman had 20 points for the Knicks, who got only 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting from Amare Stoudemire. But they got a strong effort from their reserves, with Shumpert, the first-round pick from Georgia Tech, outplaying starting guards Toney Douglas and Landry Fields.

Tyson Chandler, who helped Dallas win the NBA title before coming to New York in a sign-and-trade, had four points, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks in 27 minutes.

Brook Lopez and Anthony Morrow each scored 15 for the Nets, but All-Star guard Deron Williams shot just 4 of 12 and scored nine. The Nets are hoping to trade for Dwight Howard, but in the meantime appear short on talent beyond Williams and Lopez.

Mike Bibby’s 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer gave the Knicks a 69-66 lead, and Balkman scored the first seven points of the fourth as New York pulled away.

The teams meet again Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.