Mike Woodson defended his harsh treatment of Iman Shumpert and lobbied for better treatment by the officials of Carmelo Anthony in a radio interview Thursday.

Woodson said he believes Anthony’s final shot in regulation Wednesday night – a 12-foot turnaround over Paul George – could have been called a foul as contact ensued. The Knicks wound up losing in overtime, 103-96 to fall to 3-8.

Asked if Anthony is not receiving calls normally associated with a superstar, Woodson said on his ESPN Radio show, “Absolutely. I’m not going to shy away from that either. Melo gets hit more than ever. If you go in that overtime game, we were down 6. Melo got whacked coming across middle and there was no call.

“I’ve been at this thing 30 years,’’ Woodson added. “Sometimes I’m starting to wonder what’s a foul and what’s not a foul.’’
Anthony does not do himself favors with the officials. Since last season, when he was the league leader in technical fouls, he has developed a penchant for railing at the referees on the court.
“You got to continue to play through it and not let the officials affect what goes on,’’ Woodson said. “The officials can’t see everything. I understand that. I thought he got bumped on it. He didn’t get the call. You have to move on.’’

The Knicks would’ve won the game had Iman Shumpert not been nailed for a foul on George’s 3-point attempts with 5.2 seconds left. Slow-motion replays showed Shumpert grazed George’s elbow with his fingertips, and George made all three free throws to force OT.
The Woodson-Shumpert feud took on a new dimension when the coach called out the young guard, saying he told Shumpert to attempt to intentionally fouling George before he got a shot up.

“That was the theme coming out of the huddle,’’ Woodson said. “Iman didn’t take the foul. He thought if he got too close, he would’ve pulled the trigger and fouled him in the act of shooting and ended up doing it anyway. He thought the shot was so far back he challenged the shot and wound up nicking his elbow.’’