Knicks Secure Preseason Opener with 114-107 Victory Over Celtics
In a thrilling preseason opener at Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks managed to secure a 114-107 victory against the visiting Boston Celtics. It was a game filled with promising moments and an opportunity to glimpse into what the upcoming season may hold.
The standout performance of the night came from Immanuel Quickley, who made a strong statement coming off the bench. Quickley poured in 21 points on an efficient 8-of-14 shooting from the field. His scoring prowess was on full display, and his ability to provide that instant offensive spark will undoubtedly be an asset for the Knicks this season.
“I feel like I got a lot stronger, locking in with my guy Reese back in Miami, we pretty much went like five days a week, taking care of my body, lifting, eating right, stronger and just pretty much every facet.”
– Immanuel Quickley
The Knicks held their ground throughout the game and established their highest lead of the night at 107-94 with just over five minutes left in the fourth quarter. This commanding lead was punctuated by a layup courtesy of Miles McBride, further highlighting the depth of talent on the Knicks’ roster.
Donte DiVicenzo, one of the Knicks’ latest acquisitions, played a vital role during his 23 minutes on the court, finishing the night with 8 points. Interestingly, all of DiVicenzo’s scoring contributions came in the third quarter after a somewhat sluggish start in the first half, where he went 0-of-5 from the field. Despite this, his impact was evident, and fans can look forward to his continued development throughout the preseason.
The Knicks showcased their depth, with an impressive six players finishing in double figures. RJ Barrett contributed 12 points, showing poise at the free-throw line by converting all nine of his attempts. Julius Randle added 11 points to the Knicks’ tally, while Evan Fournier and Mitchell Robinson chipped in with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Jalen Brunson also made his presence felt with 10 points.
On the Celtics’ side, Payton Pritchard led the scoring with 21 points, followed closely by Dalano Banton, who contributed 20 points. Svi Mykhaliiuk and Lamar Stevens also made solid contributions with 15 and 11 points, respectively.
Notably, the Celtics’ newest acquisition, Jrue Holiday, was unavailable for the game, along with other star players like Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Al Horford, and Kristaps Porzingis.
The Knicks’ preseason opener sets a positive tone for the upcoming campaign, with the team displaying depth, promising newcomers, and glimpses of the potential they hold. Knicks fans have plenty to look forward to as the team continues to fine-tune their strategies in preparation for the regular season.