LOS ANGELES – The Knicks usually fight when Julius Randle is fighting. But not when Derrick Rose is playing like an MVP – and not when Reggie Bullock gives them 3-point marksmanship.
In the last home game of the Clippers of the regular season, the Knicks spoiled the Sunday matinee party with one Resounding and sensational 106-100 victory in front of 2,578 relatively passive fans in the Staples Center.
And now it could be time for Tom Thibodeau to finally change the guard at the starting point.
Rose came for a fighting Elfrid Payton from the bench and carried the Knicks (38-30) with an MVP-type first half on his shoulders. Rose finished with 25 points and eight assists in 31 minutes. Once a Clippers draft pick, Reggie Bullock poured 24 points and made 5 of 11 3-pointers. Julius Randle made three big baskets on the line but finished them with only 14 points in 7 of 19 shots with four turnovers. He also had 13 rebounds.
The Knicks made a 500 trip on that six-game western swing that was so dreaded. The Knicks – 3-2 on the trip – end it on Tuesday in the same arena against the Lakers. The win reversed their blowout loss to the Clippers in the garden in January.
The Knicks fans present made themselves felt – they made it as loud after a Knicks bucket as after the Clippers goal, and Randle listened to his late brands « -VP » calls. The polite atmosphere was far from the cauldron the Knicks faced in Phoenix on Friday when they played before an NBA season high of 8,063 fans.
When it was over, Knicks President Leon Rose congratulated each player as he emerged from the pitch, then blew the air at a crowd of cheering Knicks fans.
Bullock drilled corner 3 to increase the Knicks lead to 79-69 towards the end of the third half and turned the Clippers bank.
In the first half, Rose pumped 19 points and seven assists in 17 minutes, making 9 out of 10 shots. Rose’s only mistake was a 3-hand. Otherwise he met a flood of runners, pull-up jumpers in the middle area or drove to the path to the bucket. In the fourth quarter he heated up from the 3-point area.
RJ Barrett recovered from his mistake at Phoenix and ended up with 18 points and a big block against Paul George in the last two minutes.
During Payton directed the show, the Knicks missed their first seven shots and fell 10-0 ahead of their rally. The Knicks took on another level when Rose stepped in and made all four of his shots, with the Knicks remaining in play. The Knicks followed 29-26 after one against the veteran-laden Clippers.
With Immanuel Quickley and Alec Burks both missing their second game, Frank Ntilikina got some rare action and was 1 of 4 in six shaky minutes / p> The French started terribly by hitting a corner 3 with a balloon, hitting a runner in the lane with a balloon and then committing a foul on the ricochet. However, two possessions later he dumped corner 3 before missing his next 3-pointer.
Tyronn Lue, who worked with Thibodeau on the Celtics team, hugged the Knicks trainer a few minutes before the tip.« I’m not surprised, » said Lue of the Knicks’ turnaround. “I knew he was going to change the culture. I knew they would be prepared, that they would be accountable, that they would have a good defense. Young people have shopped. It starts with Julius Randle and Barrett. These two have shopped. Throughout Thib’s career, every team that shopped has been successful. «
Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points, but only 7 out of 25 shots when the Knicks hit the powerful Clippers almost below 100 Points held.
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