Knicks fall to Rockets 117-95 for the fourth straight loss in preseason
It’s just preseason and these games don’t count but the Knicks still haven’t learned how to win, or lately, even come close to a win.
With a James Harden on fire, kept by Mike D’Antoni for 37 minutes on the floor, the Rockets had no problem in handling a Knicks team that’s in rebuilding mode (since like forever) and that only showed signs of threat in the second quarter.
Harden exploded with 36 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds and openly celebrated a 25 point lead with a sprint across the court putting more salt on the Knicks’ wounds.
Tim Hardaway Jr. led New York with 21 points while Michael Beasley alongside Damyean Dotson dropped each 17 off the bench. Enes Kanter had 14 buckets and 8 boards in his second start while the rest of the team finished in single digits.
Ron Baker played his first game after missing the start of the preseason with a sprained ankle and had the hard task to defend the runner-up MVP.
Jeff Hornacek still couldn’t count on key players such as Ntilikina, Porzingis, or Kuzminskas and decided to play without Hernangomez and Noah.
The Knicks will play their last preseason game at home on Friday and they hope to taste victory against the Wizards.