Carmelo Anthony was missed about as much as the Knicks missed the basket Thursday night. Yes, that much.

Anthony's one-game suspension amounted to a 48-minute exercise in offensive futility for Mike Woodson's club, which wasted a chance to steal a win on the road because it imploded on the one end of the court where Anthony dominates.

"It's frustrating," J.R. Smith said, "without that crutch to lean on."

The Knicks, who finished with a season low in points, went scoreless for seven minutes in the fourth quarter, missing 11 straight shots, and never recovered as the Indiana Pacers rallied for an 81-76 victory that was every bit as ugly as the score.

"I don't know if we were fatigued or we ran out of juice," Woodson said. "It was a struggle all night."

The Knicks fell to 23-12 overall and 3-4 without Anthony, who will be available for Friday night's home game against the Chicago Bulls. Anthony was suspended for confronting the Celtics' Kevin Garnett off the court following Boston's victory on Monday. Anthony traveled with the Knicks to Indiana and watched the game on television from his downtown hotel room.

He would have been better off watching "Nick at Nite" as opposed to these Knicks, who struggled since point guard Raymond Felton broke his finger on Christmas Day. During Thursday's nationally televised game, the Knicks scored 14 and 16 points in the first and fourth quarters, respectively.

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