Knicks overcome 16 point deficit to crush the Trail Blazers 123-107
- Updated: March 15, 2023
The New York Knicks continued their hot streak on Monday night with a dominant win over the Portland Trail Blazers, 123-107.
Immanuel Quickley had a strong performance with 26 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 8-14 from the field, while Julius Randle and RJ Barrett each added 24 and 22 points respectively.
The Knicks found themselves in a 16-point hole early in the second quarter, but managed to cut the lead to 55-49 by halftime. Quickley caught fire in the third quarter, scoring 14 points and leading the Knicks to their first lead of the game.
In the fourth quarter, it was sophomore Miles McBride who stepped up for the Knicks, scoring their first 5 points and helping them to maintain their lead. “Deuce” also made an impact on the defensive end, blocking two shots by his opponents.
McBride, who was 6-8 from the field including 4-5 from beyond the arc, finished with a career-high 18 points off the bench, 7 of them in the final act.
“Honestly, I knew I needed to step up. End of a road trip, I felt like we came out flat and I just wanted to be a spark, give energy and do what I can.”
– Miles McBride
Former Blazer Josh Hart also had a strong game against his former team, contributing 16 points, including a clutch three-pointer off a Randle assist to seal the Knicks’ victory.
Solid contributions from Obi Toppin who finished with 11 points and Isiah Hartenstein as well, who even though finished scoreless, still collected 11 boards.
Despite a standout performance from Damian Lillard with 38 points and 7 rebounds, the Blazers were unable to overcome the Knicks’ dominant play. Anfernee Simmons also had a strong showing with 22 points.
With the win, the Knicks improved to 41-30 and climbed back to the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, just three games behind the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Up-next: The Knicks (41-30) will take a four day break before taking on the Denver Nuggets (46-23) on Saturday at the Garden.