Burke’s heroics lift Knicks past Wizards, 101-97
With a new lineup in the back-court, Jeff Hornacek started the Frank Ntilikina / Trey Burke duo for the first time this season and the result was impressive. Burke scored a season-high 19 points helping the Knicks defeat the Washington Wizards 101-97.
Burke, who got his first start in three years was nervous about it but that didn’t stopped him to take the game into his own hands and put the Knicks in lead with 35 seconds left, after hitting an and 1 layup.
“After the third or fourth minute, I was just relaxed. It feels good to be back in the starting lineup running a franchise.”
– Trey Burke
After given just 5 minutes of playtime against the Timberwolves, Emmanuel Mudiay came off the bench and scored 11 points shooting 4-8 from the field. He also dished 7 assists and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes.
Courtney Lee scored 13 off the bench, Michael Beasley dropped 12 and grabbed 9, while Enes Kanter was, as usual, in double double, with 10 points and 11 boards. Troy Williams and Luke Kornet scored 10 points each and for the first time in a long time, all but two players that were used by Hornacek, finished in double figures.
For the 40-33 Wizards, Bradley Beal led with 14, Marcus Morris and Ottis Portis added 13 points each while former Knick, Ramon Sessions finished with 11 points in 16 minutes off the bench.