Jalen Brunson leads Knicks past Wizards 120-99
In their second In-Season Tournament game, the New York Knicks defeated the Washington Wizards, closing the game 120-99.
Jalen Brunson led the charge with an impressive 32 points, along with contributing 7 assists and 7 rebounds. Immanuel Quickley was another force, putting up 27 points and demonstrating sharpshooting accuracy going 4-5 from beyond the arc. Julius Randle, with 22 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds, contributed significantly to the team’s overall success.
The Knicks dominated the Wizards in the fourth quarter, outscoring them 31-15. Quickley, in particular, shone brightly during this period, scoring 16 points, including 10 crucial points in the last three minutes of the game.
Despite the Wizards mounting a comeback effort and narrowing the lead to 95-90, Coach Tom Thibodeau strategically called a timeout to regroup his team. This proved to be a pivotal moment, as the Knicks responded with a resounding 25-9 run to seal the game.
The Wizards, led by Kyle Kuzma’s 19 points and contributions from Deni Avdija and Tyus Jones, fought admirably but ultimately couldn’t match the Knicks’ dominance.
The Knicks, particularly impressive on the boards, secured 14 offensive rebounds compared to the Wizards’ 7, outrebounding their oponents 48-32 overal.
The Knicks are now two games over .500 in the regular season standings and are 1-1 in East Group B of the In-Season Tournament after two games. Game 3 will be at home against Miami on Friday, the 24th.
Up-next: The Knicks (7-5) will host the Hornets (3-8) tonight from 6:00 pm.