Knicks’ record is hollow until they beat some contenders

There was blood on Christmas at the Garden. Boston’s Marcus Smart received an elbow to the face on Derrick Rose’s drive to the hole in the first half and came off the court with blood gushing from his mouth.

By the end of this holiday matinee, after the Knicks’ spirited rally from nine points down with 3:01 left, Smart left the Knicks’ bleeding and exposed. There was no Kristaps Miracle in Manhattan.

Smart drilled a wide-open 3-point dagger out of the left corner, breaking a 112-112 tie with 47.1 seconds left, sending the defensively challenged Knicks to another crushing loss, 119-114, against a relevant team.

Smart’s shot came after Al Horford drove on former Florida Gators teammate Joakim Noah in the lane, drew help and fired the pass out to the corner with the Knicks out of position. It was the ball movement the Knicks rarely showed on a day of giving. They mustered just 11 assists.

“The kick-out to the 3 was the killer,’’ Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek lamented. “Defensively we weren’t great tonight.”

And the Knicks — and Carmelo Anthony — haven’t been great, even good, against the NBA’s solid teams. In some ways, the Knicks’ 16-14 record and fifth-place standing in the East is deceiving.

Anthony helped get them back in the game late, but ultimately failed them in the final

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