Knicks Make Major Statement in Win Over Denver
The New York Knicks are no pushovers.
Going up against the defending NBA Champion, Denver Nuggets, the New York Knicks thoroughly dominated the Nuggets from start to finish, never trailing even for a second.
Leading the way was OG Anunoby with a game-high 26 points, while the Knicks were a +38 when Anunoby was on the floor. Jalen Brunson chipped in 21 points, while Julius Randle added 17 points and eight boards. Donte DiVencenzo finished with 16 points.
New York jumped out to a 20-7 lead thanks in major part to a pair of three-pointers by DiVincenzo.
By halftime, New York held a 21-point lead (62-41) and successfully sank nine three-pointers in the half.
“I like the fact that we won, first and foremost, you don’t want to be on that end. But we’re building the right habits. For me it only matters in April,” Julius Randle said afterwards.
While those words are indeed true, it’s hard to overlook what the Knicks did, especially defensively against Denver. They shut down the Nuggets perimeter shooting, and made things miserable for them off the glass. Denver shot only 19 percent from downtown, and 40 percent for the game. Compare that to the Knicks, who enjoyed draining 15 three-points for a 40 percent clip on the night.
NETS LOSE HEARTBREAKER … AGAIN
Seems to be a pattern for the Brooklyn Nets this year. Brooklyn lost to Minnesota 96-94 at Barclays Center, on Thursday, and once again it was decided inside the final minute.
Rudy Gobert took a pass and slammed it home for the two-point jam to give the T-Wolves the lead they would not relinquish.
Brooklyn has now lost 12 of its last 14 games, and stands 10 games under .500. Safe to say, the postseason looks like a longshot for Brooklyn at this point.