Knicks continue to struggle, drop 95-106 to Clippers
The New York Knicks continued their recent struggles with a third consecutive loss, falling to the Los Angeles Clippers 106-95 at the Crypto.com Center.
Despite a strong performance from Immanuel Quickley, who had 26 points on the night, the Knicks were unable to keep up with the Clippers in the fourth quarter.
Julius Randle struggled from the field, shooting just 5-24, but still managed to finish with 19 points. RJ Barrett added 11 points, while Obi Toppin and Josh Hart each chipped in 10 points off the bench.
The game was a tight contest throughout, with neither team able to establish a significant lead. The Knicks took a one-point lead, 74-73 just before Randle’s frustration boiled over at the end of the third quarter.
With 0.3 left until the final act, Knicks’ All Star elbowed Mason Plumlee in the face and was assessed a technical foul. The Clippers made all three free throws and went on to score the next 6 points to take control of the game.
“I mean, I wasn’t good today. I was bad. But the officials today? Pssh. I’ll just leave it at that. All you gotta do is watch the game and see what you see going on.”
– Julius Randle
The Clippers extended their lead to 14 in the final four minutes to secure the victory.
They were led by a dominant performance from Kawhi Leonard, who finished with 38 points. Paul George added 22 points of his own to help secure the win for Los Angeles.
The Knicks were once again without the services of Jalen Brunson, who missed the game due to a sore left foot. However, x-rays came back negative, so the injury is not believed to be serious.
Up-next: The Knicks (39-30) will face the Lakers (33-34) tonight from 9:00 pm.