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The Knicks are the Leonardo da Vincis of losing

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Inventively dumb and terrible.

Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

If turning pathetic blowouts into respectable losses counted for even a slim percentage of an actual win, the New York Knicks would be a surefire playoff team. Alas, it does not.

New York cut a 26-point lead down to just four with more than a minute remaining, then screwed around, gave up a back-breaking jumper to Ersan Ilyasova (he of the 16.7 three-point shooting percentage coming in drained three triples and scored 20 points overall), cut it to three on a wild J.R. Smith bomb with 30 seconds to go, fouled stupidly (thanks, Tim Hardaway Jr.), eventually cut the deficit to two, lost an excruciating out-of-bounds review, got Pablo Prigioni kneed in the penis on the following inbound, and finally went down in defeat, 117-113. You know...normal Knicks stuff.

Iman Shumpert was a goddamn hero in this game, with 21 points, eight rebounds (four offensive...not to mention a pair of sweet back-taps), eight assists and three steals. Those final two points came on this brutal throw-down on Giannis Antetokounmpo.

In conclusion: Shump's still good, Knicks still bad. And dumb. Stingy will have a proper recap for you later.