Knicks edge out Nets in thrilling showdown
In a high-stakes cross-town rivalry at the Barclays Center, the Knicks defeated the Nets 108-103.
Julius Randle scored 30 points, collected 9 rebounds and dished-out 7 assists while Jalen Brunson also dropped 30 buckets.
Randle and Brunson showcased their clutch gene in the fourth quarter, combining for 15 pivotal points. The Knicks finished the game on a 10-3 run in the last two minutes, with Randle’s dunk and Josh Hart‘s layup sealing the deal.
The last six minutes of the game saw both teams going head-to-head, setting the stage for a nail-biting finish. The Knicks took their first lead of the second half with Randle’s tip shot, initiating a seesaw of momentum swings.
Trailing 87-95 during the fourth quarter, Brunson spearheaded a 7-0 run, sinking two free throws and a three-pointer to close the gap to 94-95.
Donte DiVincenzo and Miles McBride made valuable contributions off the bench, scoring 11 and 8 points, respectively.
In the absence of Isaiah Hartenstein, Jericho Sims showcased his defensive prowess with 4 blocks and 6 points, while Precious Achiuwa who played the entire fourth quarter was vital in the Knicks’ comeback. Supporting Sims at the center, the Bronx native collected 9 rebounds and finished with a game high +/- of 13.
“Precious gave us big minutes. Jericho gave us big minutes. Protecting the rim. Jericho was great protecting the rim in the first half. Precious just being in the right spots, getting us extra possessions rebounding the ball. Defending guards. All that type of stuff. Gave us a lot of versatility.”
– Julius Randle
Mikal Bridges led the Nets with a game-high 36 points, including seven three-pointers. Cameron Johnson added 19 points, and Nic Claxton dominated the boards with 17 rebounds.
The Barclays Center was flooded with Knicks fans, creating an electric atmosphere with resounding “Let’s go Knicks” chants. Jalen Brunson even earned “MVP” chants at the free-throw line, highlighting the overwhelming presence of New York’s passionate fanbase.
The Knicks maintained their perfect record against teams with a current losing record, standing at an impressive 19-0. Since the acquisition of OG Anunoby, the team has solidified their performance, boasting a 10-2 record.
Up-next: The Knicks (27-17) are returning to Mecca to take on the Denver Nuggets (31-14) on Thursday from 7:30pm.