Tonight, the New York Knicks hosted the Houston Rockets at Madison Square Garden. After trading away franchise superstar James Harden, the Rockets sat at 11-14 and were 13th in the Western Conference. Prior to the game, the Knicks sat at 12-15 and are barely in the playoffs, as they are the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference.
1st Quarter: Knickerbockers 30, Rockets 25
While the Rockets got off to a six to two lead through the first few minutes of the game, the Knicks quickly took control and went on a nine-two run. From there on, the Knicks held the lead for the rest of the quarter, leading by eight at one point.
Unfortunately, RJ Barrett continued his underwhelming play as he shot 1/4 from the field.
As for the Rockets, Eric Gordon led them in scoring with 11 points.
The score after one quarter of play was 30-25 in favor of New York.
2nd Quarter: Knicks 63, Rockets 47
Despite only having a five point advantage heading into the second quarter, the Knickerbockers went on a 11-4 to start the second quarter. After the hot streak by them they took a 41-29 lead. After that, both teams play was nearly equal, but the Knicks took a 16 point lead headed into halftime. Julius Randle also led the Knicks with 13 points and Eric Gordon was the only spark of offense the Rockets had in the second quarter.
3rd Quarter: New York 87, Houston 75
The Knicks continued their solid play in the third quarter. Rookie guard Imannuel Quickley continued his strong play, ending the quarter with 13 points. A few weeks ago, the team signed center Taj Gibson for depth. He contributed in the 3rd and finished the quarter with five rebounds. Even though the Knicks led by 17 at one point in the quarter, the Rockets stormed back. With a few minutes to go in the quarter, they were within five points of the Knicks. Luckily, New York finished the quarter strong. They went on an eight to one run, and led 87-75 after three.
4th Quarter: Knicks 121, Rockets 99
To finish off the game, the Knicks rookies Obi Toppin and Immanuel Quickley played very well. Toppin finished with nine points, while Quickley scored 22. While Toppin has gotten limited minutes recently, when on the court, he has been productive. The Knicks outscored Houston 34-24 and came out victorious for the second straight night. The final score was 121-99. With this win, the Knicks improve to 13-15, while the Rockets fall to 11-15.
The Knicks next contest will be Monday night as they will host the Atlanta Hawks as they look to stay hot. Meanwhile the Rockets look to get back on track as they travel to the nation’s capital to take on the reeling Washington Wizards.