LOS ANGELES (AP) — The
"Fouls and free throws got them back into the game, but we just stayed together," Paul said. "J.J. hit some big shots, DeAndre blocked some shots and we found a way to win."
Paul made his first seven shots - three from 3-point range - and finished the first half with 17 as the Clippers built a 61-50 halftime lead and shot 51.2 percent.
"Tonight, I thought he fought and he had to play just a high volume of minutes," coach
"Porzingis is a tall dude who can really play," Paul said. "Melo is Melo, and Robin Lopez plays hard. So they compete every night."
The Knicks, who were coming off a 129-97 rout at Phoenix, were missing
"I think I have said this for 10 years, but people do not respect how hard it is to win a game in this league," Rivers said. "Just because a team has a bad record — and you have everything to play for — they didn't just wake up this morning and say: 'Let's lose.'"
New York is 4-9 since Derek Fisher was fired and replaced as head coach by
"I think we're figuring out who we are as a ballclub and what we have to do in order to play well, but we're still growing and I really like the direction that we're heading," Rambis said. "That doesn't mean we don't have lapses and kind of go away from who we're trying to be."
Porzingis spent the final 9:22 of the second quarter on the bench after picking up his third foul with the Knicks trailing 32-27. The 7-foot-3 forward was back on the floor at the start of the second half, and had 12 points in the third, including a reverse layup that cut the Knicks' deficit to 76-71 after they had trailed by as many as 15.
The Clippers were caught at 84-all on a 21-footer by Vujacic with 6:27 to play. But the Knicks weren't able to pull ahead, as Porzingis missed a few easy ones down the stretch and Paul and Redick each hit clutch 3-pointers in the final 2:42.
"We were doing well until the last few minutes when I missed those important shots," Porzingis said. "I feel sorry about letting my team down like that because I know how hard we fought to get back in the game and be right there. So it's tough, but it's all a learning experience for me."
Knicks: Anthony has played in 890 regular-season NBA games, the 28th-most among active players - but the most in that group who have never been used in a reserve role. LeBron James came off the bench once in 973 games, and
Clippers: The Clippers were assessed a rare technical foul for having fewer than five players on the court after the second quarter began. Anthony converted the free throw. ... Coach Doc Rivers used his 17th different starting lineup, with Green at small forward and
Knicks: At Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.