Knicks fight back and lose in Washington

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KNICKS FIGHT BACK AND LOSE

After a dreadful, turnover fueled start, the Knicks fought back against Washington, before ultimately falling short.

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MACRI'S GAME NOTES

The young Knicks showed some grit once again, making it a game on the road against a desperate Washington team, but after knotting it at 86 midway through the fourth, they let the game get away. Ultimately, the final result was less important than the fact that the Knicks stayed in a game they probably had no right being in, mostly on the strength of their defense. In the end, getting outshot 39 to 16 from the charity stripe and turning the ball over 20 times was too much to overcome. The key points from this one:

  • Tim Hardaway Jr. took a rough fall in the first quarter, apparently injuring his back, and never looked the same after that. He finished with seven points on 2-for-10 shooting and gave more leeway than usual on defense, which was, umm, not helpful.
  • The bright spots for New York were once again Mitchell Robinson (10 points, including a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line) and Allonzo Trier (nine points in 22 minutes), who got into it with John Wall in the second half and responded by giving the team the offensive spark it was lacking all night. He continues to impress.
  • Frank Ntilikina seemed out of sorts at times thanks largely to am “I care tonight” defensive effort by John Wall. He missed all four of his 3-point attempts, although he didn’t hesitate whenever he was open. The education of a point guard continues.
  • Enes Kanter had a wonderful stat line, finishing with 18 and 12, including a few key put-backs, but again got cooked on defense in several key moments. There just aren’t many matchups left in the league where he’s not going to get exploited on that end.
  • Good Mario was out tonight. He was a team high plus 11, and had a good stat line across the board: 10 points, eight board, three assists and three steals.
  • Finally, Emmanuel Mudiay played for the second night in a row, logging 23 minutes and once again looking competent on both ends (with a couple classic Mudiay moments thrown in)
Knicks have the Bulls tomorrow at home. They’ll be favored. We’ll see if they bounce back like a young team should.

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