The New York Knicks were able to add another win to their tally in a comeback against the Utah Jazz. Despite trailing by up to 18 in the first half, the Knicks had a massive second half in which Julius Randle and Austin Rivers stood out. The game ended 100-112, with Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle being the leading scorers for each team. Here are the key storylines.
Randle And Rivers Each Impress
Julius Randle continued his incredible run of form with 30 points, 16 rebounds, and seven assists. Despite playing poorly in the first half, he came out after the break with the same hunger he’s shown in recent games. He was getting to the rim with ease and making many of his jump shots. Although foul trouble kept him off the court for a significant portion of the first half, he was able to play through his disadvantage well later on.
Austin Rivers additionally continued to prove how much he can add to this Knicks squad. Rivers thrived under pressure towards the end of the game and was a large part of New York’s comeback. He had 23 points off the bench to add on to three rebounds on nine of 14 from the field. He also scored the Knicks’ last 14 points. Rivers provided great three-point shooting off the bench and was the star player from the second unit.
Unsung Hero: Mitchell Robinson
Despite not racking up many points, Mitchell Robinson played a great performance tonight. Given the task to guard Frenchman Rudy Gobert, Robinson wasn’t expected to have a great night. However, he held the Jazz center to 14 points from 34 minutes. Robinson was the anchor on the defensive end and was instrumental in this victory over Utah.
Immanuel Quickley Struggles To Get Minutes
Although Immanuel Quickley played a terrific game in Atlanta on Monday, he was not rewarded with extra minutes. He instead only received five, in which he had two, and went just zero for one from the field. Thibodeau had high praise for the rookie out of Kentucky after the win against the Hawks, however, gave very few minutes to the guard. Fans will hope to see more from him in Friday’s game against the Thunder.
New York Knicks: Comeback Kids
The Knicks simply continue to create wins despite trailing by large margins during games. In games against the Pacers, Hawks, preseason, and now vs. the Jazz, the Knicks have rallied back. Thibodeau is building a gritty team in New York that won’t settle for anything less than a win. We continue to see the relentless defense and an offense that is managing to allow fewer and fewer turnovers. The improvement in this squad in comparison to last season is overwhelmingly large. Fans will hope that the coaching staff continues to grow this team and potentially book a spot for the play-in games.
The Knicks are now 5-3 during the regular season. They’ll continue their three-game homestand with a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder, led by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has struggled this season, as they’re 13th in the West and 2-4. Thibodeau will hope to increase his team’s win streak to three in what will hopefully be a routine game for New York.