The New York Knicks lost a heartbreaker on Wednesday night in Madison Square Garden, as James Harden dropped 61 points and Houston escaped with a 114-110 win.
New York led in the final minute, only to see its lead erased by an Eric Gordon three and a Harden steal and dunk to ice it. After the game, the national conversation was about another ridiculous Harden game, as he’s averaging 49.8 points in his last six outings.
In the New York locker room, there was a decidedly different tone, particularly with regards to veteran center Enes Kanter, who caught a DNP-Coach’s Decision in the loss. Kanter told the assembled media that he was told that morning by the coaching staff that he would be starting, only to arrive at the arena to have found that plans had changed. Kanter, who will be a free agent this summer, effectively requested a trade as he asked the Knicks to either play him or let him play elsewhere.