Knicks crush Nets 142-118, log seventh straight win!
The atmosphere was electric at Madison Square Garden as the Knicks crushed their crosstown rivals, the Brooklyn Nets, 142-118 in front of a sold out crowd.
From the opening tip, the Knicks came out firing on all cylinders, scoring an incredible 47 points in the first quarter alone.
Jalen Brunson was unstoppable, pouring in 30 of his game-high 39 points in the first half, including five three-pointers on just six attempts. Brunson shot 15-18 from the field including 5-6 from behind the arc.
Quentin Grimes also had a hot hand, scoring 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including six three-pointers.
The Knicks’ dominance continued throughout the game, with Julius Randle scoring 21 points, RJ Barrett adding 15, and Mitchell Robinson contributing 13 points and 10 rebounds.
“It’s a real fun game because everybody is involved. You could point to everybody and say, <All right, they had a great game tonight.> That’s something that’s rare and try to just keep replicating that.”
– RJ Barrett
Grimes put the exclamation point on the victory with a one-foot driving dunk that set the largest lead of the night, 139-109 with just over three minutes left to play.
The Knicks outscored the Nets 56-40 in the paint and outrebounded them 46-31. They also shot an incredible 60.7% from the field, including 14 three-pointers in the first half alone.
Meanwhile, the Nets struggled to keep up after trading away Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.
Cameron Johnson led the Nets with 33 points, while Mikal Bridges added 21 points and Cam Thomas chipped in 15 off the bench. Frustration boiled over for the Nets as they lost their fourth straight game and sixth out of their last seven.
The Knicks, on the other hand, have been on a tear lately, winning their seventh straight game and improving to 9-1 in their last ten. With this win, the Knicks are now 2-0 against the Nets after losing the previous nine games.
The Knicks (37-27) will travel to Florida to take on the Miami Heat (33-30) on Friday from 8:00 pm.