Knicks enter preseason with 124-121 win against Wizards

No more waiting, here come the Knicks!

With #9 pick, Kevin Knox, in the starting lineup, the Knicks made their preseason debut with a 124-121 OT win against the Washington Wizards.

Knox had a double double with 13 points and 10 boards but also dished 3 assists in his first game. The other two rookies impressed as well.

Allonzo Trier had 13 buckets while Mitchell Robinson scored 6, including a couple of alley-oops assisted by Mario Hezonja and Emmanuel Mudiay, and grabbed 7 boards.

He was also involved in a verbal taunt with Markieff Morris who got ejected by the referees late in the second quarter.

Coach David Fizdale knew how to motivate his team and so he called Patrick Ewing over to give the young blood a 10 minute speech that left everyone in awe.

“He really talked to the guys about the special moment they’re in to wear that jersey. He’s the greatest Knick when you look at his numbers and All-Star games. It was just an honor. He really spoke to them on a level — like a college coach. And he didn’t make it about himself but all of them, together. What it means to be a Knick.”

David Fizdale

The Knicks played a good third quarter when they cut Washington’s lead before building a 9 point advantage – the biggest of the game – but the Wizards, propelled by Tomas Satoransky and Jeff Green quickly came back and pushed the game in the overtime. The Knicks outscored the home team 16-13 in the final act.

Coach Fizdale played his entire roster, giving everyone at least 10 minutes on the court (except Luke Kornet who played only 6) and only one guy – Kadeem Allen – came empty handed scoring nothing.

The Knicks will rest tonight but tomorrow they will take on the Nets in Brooklyn.

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