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Knicks stun Clippers 106-100 as Rose scores 25

Derrick Rose scored a team high 25 points, dished 8 assists and collected 6 boards off the bench as the New York Knicks survived the LA Clippers 106-100 at the Staples Center and successfully avoided a three game losing streak, which they haven’t experienced since late March.

Reggie Bullock dropped 24 making 5 threes RJ Barrett added 18 points for the first Knicks win against the Clippers at Staples Center since November 20th, 2010.

The Clippers built a 9 point lead late in the second quarter but were unable to hold on as the Knicks cleared it fast and even went up 56-54 at halftime. The show continued in the third quarter when their lead increased to 10 points with just 2:19 on the clock.

In the last act, the Clippers tried to get back but the Knicks defense and Julius Randle were a tough case and gave them no chance at redemption.

Randle had one of his poorest games of the season but the All Star emerged in crunch time scoring 6 of his total 14 points in the final 3 minutes as the Clippers pushed in vain for a late comeback. Besides the 14 points, Randle also grabbed 14 boards and sent 5 assists.

“Everyone tends to measure people on points and shots and not the all-around game. The big thing is the perseverance, the way he rebounded the ball, the hustle plays he made. He played a great game without shooting the ball great. Then at the end of the game he made several big plays for us.”

Tom Thibodeau

With Immanuel Quickley and Alec Burks unavailable, Thibodeau decided to play mostly a 7 men rotation but fed some minutes to Frank Ntilikina and Obi Toppin too. Toppin scored 7 points in 10 minutes while Frank sank a 3 pointer in 6 minutes but missed the other 3 field goal attempts.

The Clippers were led by Kawhi Leonard who scored a game high 29 points. Paul George added 18 and Nicolas Batum followed with 13 buckets off the bench.

The Knicks won their 38th game of the season and with just 4 more games to go, chances are that they will finish fourth and own home court advantage for the first round of the playoffs.

Up-next:

The Knicks (38-30) will play the Lakers (38-30) – who are in desperate need of a win in order to avoid the play-in tournament – on Tuesday from 10 pm, before returning home for the final three games.

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