Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis voiced his frustrations after New York blew a four-point lead with 1:07 remaining in Sunday's 99-96 loss to the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden.
"I can't even process that we lost," Porzingis said, according to ESPN's Ian Begley. "I can't believe it. It was our game. It was 100 percent our game. Stuff happened quick and boom it was over. ... We're just not there yet as a team. We keep losing these games."
The Knicks took a five-point lead on a Porzingis jumper with 1:44 remaining and led 96-92 with 1:07 left after Porzingis made the first of two free throws, but the Knicks were shut out the rest of the way.
"We don't know how to finish games," Porzingis said. "We don't know how to win games at the end."
Mike Muscala drew the Hawks within one with a 3-pointer, and Kyle O'Quinn missed a jumper with 26 seconds remaining on the ensuing possession. New York allowed a go-ahead 3-pointer to Kent Bazemore that gave Atlanta a 98-96 lead, and Tim Hardaway Jr. stepped out of bounds when the Knicks got the ball back.
"I would say [it was] the most embarrassing game that we lost being in the situation where a lot of the situations there was time to score and we just didn't capitalize on opportunities," Courtney Lee said. "... We were in position to win this game and I think we just checked out and lost focus on a couple of plays and it cost us."
Since starting the year 17-14, the Knicks have lost 17 of their last 23 games, including their last three straight.
"Our execution can get better, obviously," Porzingis said. "It's pretty much we're doing the same thing over and over again, maybe teams know what we're doing. But it's also on us the players. We also got to execute better. If I had the answer it would be easier. I don't have the answer."