The New York Knicks defeated the Sacramento Kings 140-121. Tonight, the Knicks got off to one of their best starts of the season. Within the first five minutes, all five Knicks starters scored, and Sacramento looked rattled. The Knicks got healthy contributions from Immanuel Quickley, All Star Julius Randle and starter for the night, Derrick Rose. This was a total team effort, and a very impressive win.
What Went Right for the New York Knicks:
Just about everything. Wire to wire, this game wasn’t in doubt. Besides a three minute stretch in the first quarter, New York handled the Kings. The New York Knicks used their efficient shooting and bench to pull away. The 58.6 shooting percentage, was refreshing to see after a couple bad nights. The Knicks were able to neutralize the Sacramento bench, and didn’t let De’Aaron Fox totally kill them. Fox still put up 29, but it took Fox nineteen attempts to get that number.
Another big factor was stopping Buddy Hield. The defending Three Point Shootout champion, was held to 9 points and 2-7 from three. This was the best game Derrick Rose since he returned to the Garden. Rose shot 7-11, scoring 18. The former MVP, also had 6 assists and 3 boards. Immanuel Quickley had another impressive game off the bench. The rookie scored 25 points in 20 minutes, going 50 percent from the field.
All Hands on Deck:
Ladies and gentlemen, we had a Frank Ntilikina sighting. Tonight was Frank’s first game since December 30th. The Frenchman put up 7 points and 2 assists in twenty three minutes. All but two New York Knicks who played tonight played more than fifteen minutes. Alec Burks put this game on ice in the fourth. Burks 19 in the final quarter led the way to close out this win. Burks has continued his solid three point shooting, going 5-8 and adding 4 rebounds in 25 minutes.
Although he started, RJ Barrett didn’t have a great game. Barrett had a game he absolutely needed to have. Tonight Barrett seemed decisive, went 66 percent from three and only missed two shots from inside the arch. This is the kind of consistency the New York Knicks have to see from him, to gauge what kind of talent they have.
What’s Next for the New York Knicks:
On Saturday night, the New York Knicks take on the rested Indiana Pacers in a pivotal Eastern Conference game. Knicks need to win this one to gain a leg on the Pacers, who are half a game ahead of the New York Knicks in the standings.
3,869 total views, 1 views today