Thursday, January 20 2022
Julius Randle dribbling vs. Spurs blue uniform

Julius Randle dribbling vs. Spurs blue uniform

The Knicks got back in the win column and back to .500 with a 121-109 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.

Here are some key takeaways …

– With the Knicks losing their last three games and eight of their last 12, Tom Thibodeau made a change to the starting lineup, going with Nerlens Noel over Mitchell Robinson at the center spot.

RJ Barrett got things going for the Knicks in the opening minutes, scoring five while adding an assist on an Evan Fournier transition layup to give the Knicks an early 11-9 lead. The Knicks and Spurs traded buckets throughout the quarter, and though the Knicks shot 39.1 percent as a team, they out-rebounded the Spurs 17-11. Barrett and Alec Burks each finished the quarter with seven points, and a Doug McDermott three at the buzzer had the game tied at 28-all into the second.

– Early in the second, Immanuel Quickley and Derrick Rose provided a spark off the bench, with Quickley hitting a couple early jumpers and Rose finishing an athletic layup at the rim. Meanwhile, Robinson gave the Knicks outstanding early minutes off the bench, scoring seven points to go along with eight rebounds in his first 10 minutes.

Barrett continued to pace the Knicks, pushing his point total to 19 points. The Knicks led by as many as 11 points in the quarter and took a 62-56 lead into the break.

-Barrett’s strong first half carried over after half time, as he led the charge early in the third quarter, driving to the basket and knocking down a three to help the Knicks push their lead up to 13 in the first five minutes.

Julius Randle had just two points without a field goal in the first half, but he started cooking in the third, scoring nine points in the quarter. Barrett pushed his point total to 26 through the first three quarters, while Robinson was into double-double territory already with 11 points and 13 rebounds. The Knicks took a 95-81 lead into the final frame.

– In the fourth, Quickley an Obi Toppin provided some youthful exuberance, knocking down some big shots as the Knicks maintained their double-digit lead. With under three minutes to go, Barrett hit another three to basically ice the game, and the Knicks held on from there. He’d hit one more to make it a career-best seven threes on the night, as he finished with 32 points on seven-of-eight three-point shooting, adding five rebounds and two assists.

Six Knicks finished in double figures, including Barrett, Burks (18), Quickley (16), Randle (15), Rose (12) and Robinson (11).

Highlights

What’s next

Knicks are right back on the floor on Wednesday night, taking on the Pacers in Indiana at 7:00 p.m.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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