Here are some key takeaways…
– Evan Fournier gave the Knicks an early 17-16 lead with 5:29 remaining in the first quarter, as both teams were shooting well. RJ Barrett used his strength while attacking the rim, converting the and-one layup to go up 28-19. The Knicks led 28-21 after the first, despite shooting just 1-of-6 from three-point range.
– Obi Toppin saved the ball from going out of bounds, as Fournier then found Immanuel Quickley for three to put the Knicks up 37-27 and causing Doc Rivers to call a timeout with 8:22 left in the second quarter. Seth Curry was called for an offensive foul by kicking his leg out at a closing Kemba Walker, which led to a Julius Randle layup to go up 46-30. Nerlens Noel fell to the ground and was grabbing his knee/leg before heading to the locker room. He was later ruled out for the rest of the game with right knee soreness.
– Taj Gibson drained a baseline jump shot plus the foul and completed the three-point play to put the Knicks up 58-41. They led 58-44 at the half, shooting 51.1 percent (23-of-45) from the field. Randle scored 11 points and Barrett had 10 in the half, while Furkan Korkmaz had 16 points for the Sixers with Joel Embiid out.
– Danny Green made back-to-back three-pointers as the Knicks’ lead was cut to 62-57, forcing Tom Thibodeau to call timeout with 7:01 left in the third quarter. Randle hit a much needed three to put the Knicks back up eight points, and after the Sixers cut it to three points, Randle made another shot from beyond the arc. Alec Burks missed two foul shots, and Georges Niang scored in transition to make it a 70-69 game.
Philly outscored New York 25-14 in the third and trailed 72-69, as the Knicks made just five shots in the quarter.
– Quickley made his third three-pointer on the night to put the Knicks up 81-75 early in the fourth. Derrick Rose stole the ball in the corner and passed it up to Quickley, who found Barrett for a spot up three as the Knicks went up 89-82 with 6:54 remaining. Niang made it a one-point game once again, 89-88, burring a wide open three to give him 15 points off the bench.
– Randle made another three to extend the Knicks’ lead, and then Walker drove by the defense for a floater plus the free throw to go up 100-91. Walker then stole the inbounds pass to keep up momentum. After a couple missed threes by the Sixers, Randle grabbed an offensive rebound and made the putback shot to go up double-digits with 1:11 left in the game.
Randle scored 10 points in the fourth and finished the game with 31 points on 12-of-25 shooting (5-of-10 from three), 12 rebounds, three assists and a steal. Barrett had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Quickley was the key player off the bench, scoring 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting from deep in 16 minutes.
The Knicks will return home and face off against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Source: Yahoo Sports