Knicks fall short in New Orleans

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KNICKS BLOW 19 POINT LEAD

After leading for 45 minutes, the Knicks gave away the game late and lost.

Knicks Fan TV Postgame

MACRI'S GAME NOTES

The Knicks came out with a night and day effort from their previous two games, holding a sizable lead in New Orleans for three and a half quarters until Anthony Davis (who is playing at the peak of his powers right now) and Jrue Holiday took over, leading the Pelicans to a 129-124 victory. Despite the loss, lots of positives for the young Knicks, starting with great efforts from two unlikely sources…

  • Emmanuel Mudiay had his best half as a Knick, playing in complete control to start the game and ending up with 16 points before halftime on his way to 19 for the game on 8-of-12 shooting. He looked like the point guard that Denver thought they drafted. Int he second half, Trey Burke came on, finishing with 24 points on 10-of-13 from the field. As was pointed out to David Fizdale after the game though, the pair had just one assist between them (New York had just 15 for the game). In response, Fiz said they were just taking what the defense was giving them and being aggressive, which makes sense. Overall, despite the lack of dimes, the Knicks ball movement was the best it’s been in some time, maybe all year.
  • The third nominal point guard, Frank Ntilikina, once again played almost exclusively off ball, but we saw a different player than we’ve seen previously. Despite sharing the court with another ball handler almost all of the time, he was more engaged with the offense, and showed why his future as a Swiss Army Knife may not be one that should be dismissed just yet. He also was back to being disruptive defensive self, even D’ing up Julius Randle for several possessions. On the downside, he still cant hit a three (0-3) and was a team low -16, although that number feels awfully deceptive. 
  • Anthony Davis ate Mitchell Robinson alive at times, and the kid had some other rookie moments where he failed to box out, but boy…tonight was one of those nights that made you realize the Knicks may have gotten a special, special player with the 36th pick in the draft. He continued to show flashes of brilliance, and the defense with him on the floor vs Kanter is not even comparable at this point.
  • Timmy put in work, netting 30 on 23 shots (an efficient night despite only hitting nine from the field). He played a team high 38 minutes This season playing way above his weight class should benefit him and the Knicks in the long run.
  • Allonzo Trier and Kevn Knox both chipped in 11 points as cogs in the new starting lineup. They looked like rookies at times but also showed flashes, especially Knox, who had a few plays that reminded you why the Knicks took him 9th overall.
  • Last but certainly not least, Damyean Dotson had another quietly nice two-way night. He’s struggling with his shot right now but good things seem to happen when he’s in.
The Knicks fall to 4-16, and next up is a Sunday road tilt with the Orlando Magic, who they owe one.

Highlights from the game